14 responses

  1. nicky

    To bestow that third “a” on the gruesome aaa is a form of respect which is totally undeserved. It vaguely implies a considerable following of dissatisfied but knowledgeable football supporters, when in fact they are few in number, full of mindless criticism and of little worth.
    They should not be given the gift of publicity…..at least not on this prestigious site. 😉

  2. esxste

    It’s very easy to get trapped by the past.

    Whether it’s fretting over past mistakes, guilt over perceived misdeeds, lovers lost, or indeed the nostalgia for the “good times”.

    And the future is uncertain. Unknown. Risky.

    The past is known. Not risky. Safe.

  3. Chris


    in german there has been a new word appearing at the turn of the century I believe : Ostalgie
    Which is derived from : Ost (east) and Nostalgie (nostalgia).
    Basically, quite a few East germans started being nostalgic of the days befor the iron curtain came down. Thinking of how many things were better before that.

    I know, because of contacts I’ve had in the past years with people from these countries, that there is nostalgia for Sadamm Hussein’s Irak or Khadafi’s Lybia or even Syria pre-war.

    In this I believe football is just another example of the phenomenon.

    Interestingly, this kind of nostalgia mostly points to times were life was less chaotic, less unpredictable.
    The funny thing about the aaa, is that they are nostalgic for the time when it was unpredictable. Since AW took charge, it was always at least a top 4 spot and a CL qualification.

    Guess the aaa cannot even make it right in their nostalgia…. ;=) And if by (bad) chance the successor of AW does not make it into top 4, the aaa will all start becoming nostalgic of these golden AW years. Probably they are a breed that cannot ever be satisfied, maybe because they do not want to be part of the ‘big’ happy family, but strive to be heard and thus take the dissenting attitude to get to their Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame.

  4. Stuart Logan

    Interesting article, Tony. My own theory, unprovable to be honest, is that the aaa mentality is similar to the Brexit mentality, or at least a certain type of Brexit voter. They seem to share a dislike and distrust of foreigners and hearken back to the ” good old days ”, when in Arsenal’s case we generally had British players,a British manager and British owners. The fact that the players were less skilful, the football was pretty boring, the club was less solvent and the manager defrauded the club, all seems immaterial.

  5. Gideone

    @Stuart, 10:18 am:

    It’s an interestingly dangerous ground you are treading :). Are you saying that some proud and noble English people love thieves and mediocrity?

  6. porter

    Gideone :- If you are asking whether some of our most esteemed politicians , Lords and ambassadors have a few skeletons hidden then you are most definitely right.

  7. ClockEndRider

    I think there comes a point when such comparisons display more about the point of view of the person making them than the persons about whom they’re being made. I think you have reached that point. This is football we’re talking about. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s just not that important.

  8. Arsenal

    Some of these aaa types are very difficult to understand, some were outraged that Koscielny’s good goal was allowed to stand. Yet barely mentioned the two handballs by the Burnley player that should have been penalties. That ain’t normal behaviour, from someone who claims to support said club.

  9. Al

    Sorry, post above from ‘Arsenal’ (which has gone into moderation) should be from Al, autocorrect gave me that new name 🙂 And also it shouldn’t be not “barely mentioned” but no mention at all…

  10. arse_or_brain

    The love of “British players” always makes me laugh, very often An English fan will express this feeling but also hating the Scots,N Irish & Welsh national sides and even including southern Irish players in this expression. they are basically saying we hate all other countries from the UK but not as much as we hate the rest of the world.
    The other thing to remember is the aaa are guided by the media and their leader morgan, when you then add the media motto “never let facts get in the way of a good story” you understand the falsehood their life is based upon

  11. GoingGoingGooner

    Tony, you have other interests such as work, dancing, non-league football, etc. I would suggest that most balanced people do. Could it be that some people are TOO dedicated to the Arsenal and can’t put the club’s successes and failures into perspective?

  12. Brickfields Gunners

    I will always believe that ‘them’ are all total idiots and their mindless sheep following . No amount of cockamamie research presented will ever change my mind .
    But that will never stop me from laughing at ‘them’ . That is the very least that they deserve !

  13. Brickfields Gunners

    Many of ‘them’ would probably be like Robert here –

  14. Brickfields Gunners


    When TV came to my house. I forgot how to read books.
    When the car came to my doorstep, I forgot how to walk.
    When I got the mobile in my hand, I forgot how to write letters.
    When the computer came to my house, I forgot spellings.
    When the AC came to my house, I stopped going under the tree for cool breezes
    When I stayed in the city, I forgot the smell of mud.
    By dealing with banks and cards, I forgot the value of money.
    With the smell of perfume, I forgot the fragrance of fresh flowers.
    With the coming of fast food, I forgot to cook traditional cuisines .
    Always running around, I forgot how to stop.
    And lastly when I got whatsapp, I forgot how to talk.

    (But reading Untold Arsenal ,and the contributions of the awesome AKBs here , while at the same time totally ignoring the media , so called experts and ‘them’ , made me think , sane and happy ! CHEERS !)
    WOO HOO , HOO !

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