As an Arsenal fan, I love to get behind my team. When the team is winning, I’ll happily cheer. When the team is still looking to get ahead, I’ll urge them on. When the team is being played off the park by a far superior side, I’ll scream encouragement and take any positive sign as a victory.
The thing that I detest is how my fellow fans do not show the same commitment through thick and thin. The defeat to Bayern Munich last night only served to further my view that Arsenal fans are fickle.
Of course, this is not news to fans of many clubs, with the Arsenal fans being notoriously nicknamed the ‘Prawn Sandwich Brigade’, but many of us find it an unfair tag. The Emirates stadium is more often than not a graveyard, with little or no atmosphere. It is telling that away games bring our most vocal support.
Whilst watching the match on TV, I noticed that fans in the stadium were just sitting there looking dejected at this back-to-the-walls performance. What they clearly lacked was football knowledge. This Bayern side are my tip to become the next ‘best’ side in European football, and a 3-1 defeat may not be ideal, but it was an admirable performance, in the second half at least. It was definitely not a humiliation.
In general, the fans were magnificent throughout the game, which is not something said too often after an Arsenal home game. They deserve credit for pushing the team on after Podolski grabbed a goal to put them back in the tie, and it could have worked.
That there was boos at half-time was understandable, with very little spirit shown from the Gunners. However, boos at full-time were absurd. This side had thrown as much as they had and it was pure class from Bayern and a couple of mistakes that really cost Arsenal. The post match reaction was even worse.
Twitter was awash with self-proclaimed ‘Gooners’ saying that they were fed up with the way the club was run and that Wenger had lost the plot. Wenger was briefly trending, which shows how much of the talk ended up on him.
Effectively being knocked out of two competitions in four days is not ideal, particularly Saturday’s defeat to Blackburn which knocked us out of the FA Cup, but to say Wenger has lost the plot is premature. I called for him to either shape up or quit earlier on in the season, but he did fix a few issues so I am back to supporting his tenure.
If we could eradicate Arsenal FC of the petty ‘supporters’ who expect top results every match, the side would be much better off. Stoke, to name one side, have a great example of fans who will sing loud when they’re winning, but even louder when they’re losing. Only a truly abject display warrants a team to be hounded by its fans.
Oh Arsenal fans, please just show some passion!