by Tony Attwood
Happy Christmas, and thank you.
Supporting Arsenal is never easy because of the remorseless criticism that the club gets from the media. But of course being a positive supporter it is easier in the good times rather than the hard times. And this year we have had some hard times indeed.
Not nearly as bad as the latter part of Bertie Mee’s reign, when we looked like we were heading for relegation in 1976 and 1977, just to pull away with a set of wins near the end of the season. Nor to compare with six games in a row without scoring a single goal in George Graham’s 1986/7 season, nor the five goals in 12 games in 1993/4. And personally I don’t think we are going to end up as low as 12th as we did in 1994/5.
But still it has not been the best of times.
And yet we are still Arsenal supporters, and that means trying to do our bit for the club, counteracting all the rampant negativity from the media and trying to show the team that we are still Arsenal no matter what.
This is of course the day in England when those of us who can do, gather with friends and/or family and have a jolly time, forgetting all the negativity that is thrown at our team and whatever upsets have happened during the year.
What we can do for Arsenal is not much, but we can know that being positive supporters can help the club, and can do something to counteract the resourceless negativity of the media. And really that’s all I am trying to do here – to counteract the negativity.
Next month will see the 12th anniversary of the start of Untold Arsenal. Also in 2020 we will publish our 10,000th article, all being well. Throughout we have tried to be positive about the club, on the basis that being positive can help, being negative can only make things worse. Christmas Day seems a good day to remember that aim.
Have a super day this Christmas Day, and thank you for reading Untold Arsenal. If you weren’t, there wouldn’t be much point in my writing!
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