By Tony Attwood
We obviously do have a crisis in the club at the moment, with endless bitching and complaining about players, management and directors, and numerous people who have had no experience whatsoever of even working in a club (let alone working in a club at a senior level) moaning, moaning and then, just to add to the variety, moaning some more.
And the big problem is that just as when Mr Wenger left the club and Mr Emery came along, the supporters remain the same. And because they have got into the habit of moaning, moaning and then moaning some more, they continue to moan.
Now the reason for this is not hard to find, because as any psychologist will tell you, habits are very easy to establish and very hard to get rid of.
The reason for this is basic survival. Habits allow one to deal with a situation without thinking – they permit automatic reactions leaving the brain free for the more important stuff. Which is fine when those reactions don’t get in the way of progress or a positive life, but when those reactions are endlessly harmful, then there is a real problem.
Take for example the reaction of a child who screams every time there is something he doesn’t like. It’s not his favourite food, he screams. He wants to play with a toy his sister has, he screams. His parents say it is bedtime, but he wants to stay up, so he screams.
The parents have a choice. Each time he screams they can give in, just to get the screaming to stop. They give him his favourite food, he gets all the toys he wants, he stays up as long as he likes. So the bad behaviour stops but the parents are now controlled by the child who becomes ever more self-centred and in later life totally unable to make friends.
Consider next the football club. The club loses, the supporters moan and bitch and complain very volubly on the internet – and the sound is constantly amplified by the blogs and scurrilous newspapers.
So minute after minute hour after hour we get
- Lucas Torreira unhappy with Arsenal manager Unai Emery, confirms agent (Metro)
- Agent provides update on Lucas Torreira’s Arsenal future (
- On-loan Arsenal star slams Unai Emery (
- Report: Granit Xhaka aims dig at Arsenal fans on international duty (
- When might Arsenal pull the plug on Unai Emery? (
- Agent: Torreira unhappy with how he’s being used by Unai Emery (A
And on and on. In short all the organisations that supported the “We Care Do You” attack on the club – such as Arsenal Supporters Trust, Black Scarf, Red Action and Arseblog, are just carrying on the attack, hour after hour, day after day.
And the effect is that the club is brought ever lower.
Plus amusingly these self-same organisations complain about the atmosphere in the stadium calling it a “soulless place”. And whose fault is that???
Now compare and contrast with some of the support we have seen from lesser clubs in the Europa League, both at home and away. They would never attack their own players in a billion years.
But these Arsenal fans either never learn or can’t learn, so they go on and on with their negative attitude. How we ever get rid of them I don’t know, but all suggestions are welcome.
Yes what the club needs is world class support, not third world support based on the notion that when the club does something for the supporter then the supporter will do something for the club.
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