Date: 18th April 2007 at 3:10pm
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Gooners have been criticised for years, often referred to as supporters of the less vocal persuasion. But when all was said and done, we were there every game, full house and on the odd occasion produced a rocking atmosphere.

Arsenal fans in general have always backed the players, management and staff unconditionally, as long as they wore the badge with pride, they had our support.

It has been widely regarded that over the past couple of years the Arsenal team has been a team in transition, a time of change, and so, as it seems, have the ‘fans’.

Now I refuse to tar all supporters with the same brush as it’s evident that many Gooners I come into contact with on a daily basis are red and white to the core and will back all the plays, however it’s plain for all to see that we have more than our fair share of anti-supporters at our games.

Every person in every walk of life is entitled to their own opinion, and with that they entitled to say what they want, but with that freedom of speech comes responsibility, and indeed consequence.

‘I pay for my ticket so I can say what I want’

Fine, but if you behave in a negative manner expect negative consequences. You are more than entitled to storm in your bosses office tomorrow and called him any number of expletives that you think adequately describe him and his manner of management. But don’t expect him to come back to you with a pay rise.

If a player is going through a crisis of confidence, do you honestly believe that if he hears a whole range of abusive comments and boo’s that he’s going to stand up and say ‘right, I’ll show you’, no, he’s going to say ‘f*ck this, I’m off’. A defeatists attitude you may say, but why should a player of clear talent stick around and take the stick just because he’s under performing for a couple of weeks? Even the best players in the world have a dip in form.

More and more each week I see far too many ‘fans’ getting on the backs of people such as Alex Hleb, Julio Baptista & Alex Song (before his loan), to such an extent that I’ve argued with fellow fans on the terraces for booing and groaning when said players name has been announced on the tannoy.

Alex Hleb has suffered at the hands of these anti-supporters in recent weeks. He starts off games brightly, yet when the game isn’t going our way (even with a large portion of the game remaining) the boo boys appear and the life and enthusiasm drains from this quality player. Hleb has on many occasions proved himself to be a first class player more than capable of changing a game, do you believe this guy has lost his gift over night? No. He has had the confidence sucked form him by an increasing number of morons I wish had nothing to do with our club.

I feel increasingly frustrated with so called Gooners who continually treat their fortunate position of being actually able to attend such matches with contempt and arrogance.

It is not our god given right to win every game, we don’t deserve to win a trophy each season, no team does, but what we do have to do is strengthen our resolve as a club and as supporters, we need to come together as a collective and create an atmosphere of which to be proud.

If you are one of these boo boys, then ask yourself this question, if you have no intention of getting behind the team why waste a small fortune on the match day experience? Why not just give up the chase and hand to chance on to someone who will actually have a positive effect on match days?


35 Replies to “Gooners: The Anti-Supporters?”

  • Anyone remember the scousers this season singing “You’ll never walk alone” with 2 minutes to go when they were 6-3 down? Our stadium would have been almost completly empty by that time, with only red action and the vital arsenal members remaining!

  • Rocky – I do remember that and I have to say that considering how much success that Liverpool has had in years gone by, their supporters are brilliant to still be properly supporting. It never used to be this bad at Highbury – did it??

  • Spot on Rocky. I also wish they had nothing to do with our club. I mean, I’d rather see arsenal playing in a half-empty stadium, than fill it with such idiots !! It is a privilege to watch this team play (even on TV, but the privilege is greater when you are IN the stadium), and people dont realise they may be seeing a great team in the making. But I support what LD is doing – give them so much grief that they learn to shut up after a while !!

  • Boo ya, bang on. Maybe I’m jst a bit of a weirdo (what do I mena maybe?), but the worse we play and the more it’s against us, the more I feel like singing, the more I feel like doing long journies at unreasonable hours. Football’s like life, success is easy, the mark of a person is adversity and that is the mark of a fan too. Everyone gets annoyed but compare and contrast the West Ham game with Anfeild a few weeks back, singing “we’re gunner win 6-3” at 0-3 down. Wouldn’t happen at home and it bothers me.

  • And anyway, what was wrong? Just because we concede a goal the world is at an end? People who boo can not see the bigger picture, yet when the end product arrives they’ll cheer on happyily claiming they always knew things would work out.

  • Great Article, everything you wrote was spot on. Anyone who goes to games and boos the team obviously has enough money to waste, so how about they fly me from Australia to the game ill gladly cheer for Arsenal if given the chance. Some people just don’t understand how lucky they are to have the chance to watch Arsenal play.

  • The boo boys should fack off, they are nor real supporters. The spudulikes only sing when they win as to the chavs.

  • Spot on again LD-i used to go the away matches while i was at uni in manchester and they were so much more fun than the current home games. it’s just so frustrating because when the crowd are on form the noise in the new ground is fantastic. the atmosphere in the games such as utd, spurs in the CC and Hamburg were sooo good. surely people must relaise its not a coincidence that these were the games we won as well?

  • I just dont understand how you booed when you scored 3 and only had 10 attempts, and the other week against the Spammers you couldn’t score after 30 attempts! Please explain??

  • I must say that I didn’t even realise it was so quiet at the Emirates last night! I was far too busy singing Gooner songs, crammed in front of the PC with 6 other Gooners doing the same thing, to notice. As you can probably gather, the neighbours aren’t my biggest fans 😎 I did notice the empty seats near the end though. I think it’s time to start super gluing arses to chairs. Us lot are so desperate to see the Emirates in person that we’ve booked a tour as it’s the only chance we’ve got of getting in there, so when we see people leaving early whilst the boys are playing, it really f**** us off! Ungrateful tw***, that’s all I can say!

  • Even Henry acknowledges the Anfield support as the best in the country Rocky, and completley agree with you. Hleb is a gun, and a gunner, so even if you dont like him, Song, Flamini, Baptista, Aliadiere, Swiss Tony or whoever else how do you figure booing them is gonna help? Muppets! I’ve never had the pleasure of watching the mighty Arsenal at Highbury or the Grove and this behaviour from so called fans irratates me and my brother to no end, i wonder if they’d still be watching at all if they had to trade places with me and watch every game between 12 and 7am regardless of the night, work or weekend! Kunts, is all i can say!

  • *****in’ to right Ab_Arsenal, mate do i feel your pain. Melbourne? Sydney? or somewhere else?

  • same here – when we went behind against bolton at the weekend, that’s when i bellowed even louder. Ypou gotta get behind the team at those times, so that the team hear it, realise that their fans are still with them, you could almost see the team puff it’s chest out on saturday when the fans got behind them after the orcs scored, and redoubled their efforts. And what happened? We went on to win. Have a positive input rather than a negative one… »»Arsene Knows««

  • Yeh I mean Im not exactly gonna come on here as a 1 man army and start mouthing off beofre the ‘big’ 1 on saturday but sometimes I just don’t understand Arsenal supporters!!

  • btw, i’ve read in reports that hleb ‘bumbled’ his way through and the ball ‘bounced’ to bps for him to score. BULL. hleb dribbled through, managed to maintain just enough control to guide him through the challenge, and then passed to baps, it wasn’t a boble to him., That shows, tenacity and strength on hleb’s part, he could easily have gone down. Just wanted to set the record straight. »»Arsene Knows««

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