Fence Riding – Arsenal Style

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Arsenal FC
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First Published on Arsenalvision.co.uk

You don’t have a choice when you support Arsenal. You have to be a WOB or an AKB. There is no rational thought allowed.

If you criticize the manager, the board or the owner, undoubtedly you will be skinned alive for even mentioning the possibility of wrong decisions, missed opportunities or just flat-out bad management.

If you support the manager, the board or the owner, you will be pelted with rocks for pointing out things like CL qualifications, consistency or managing to propel the club to great heights on a ridiculous shoe-string budget.

None of these things are allowed. You, Arsenal supporter, MUST choose sides and battle it out! There is no room for intelligent discussion on the subject. Even if you make a rational argument, the detractors on either side will take one fact from your argument that may be incorrect (opinion) and beat it to death to prove their “point”.

So call me crazy. Call me crazy because I think that Wenger and the board and the owner have made ridiculously bad decisions over the last few years. That the club ought to have addressed certain issues much sooner such as a defensive midfielder, a proper defenders coach, a reliable keeper.

On the other hand I must be a lunatic to point out that even though there have been no trophies, there has been a complete turnover of a squad that was one of Europe’s very best and were regular winners of multiple titles. Doing all of that while building a new stadium, building a new infrastructure and so much more.

So yes, I expect to get berated by both sides, because as I said before, you HAVE to choose, there is no middle ground!!

This is a tough time to be a Gooner, I am optimistic the club will turn it around soon enough, as I have written many a time. I am also well aware that Arsenal have both over-achieved and under-achieved at various points during this trophy drought for a variety of reasons.

The FACT is no one is 100% right. AFC is a moving organism that has a multitude of issues both good and bad that can affect a season and for the most part they have been stacked against the club for some time, but that all changes with a blink of an eye and when it does, expect there to be less and less criticism and a lot of “I told you so”, but we know that the majority of those will be false.

I’ll stay here in the middle with the one or two other rational Gooners and will be neither wrong nor right, but just happy; happy that the club will do well and will have done it in the right way, without selling its soul to accommodate every whim of the WOB’s or AKB’s.

Have at it you lot, I’m sure it’ll make your day.

Come on You Gunners! 3 pts on the weekend.


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