‘Oh come on you big misery guts… be pleased?’
‘Be pleased, we beat Sunderland and Mesut broke the record for chances created. Hipsters are spaffing their pants the land over.’
‘Come on, you landed a win, and the stadium boycotted’
‘Ok, I’m pleased’
My life right now guys and gals. The supporters turned their backs in droves yesterday and I have to thank The Arsenal Opinion podcast for the idea + Mark Halfpenny and the #NoNewContractCrew for executing the ‘DO NOTHING PROTEST’ on the ground.
This was Wenger before the game:
“My message is always the same, it is to support the team,”
“I think we are always sold out so I don’t know where you get that impression.”
Then, after the game, with a whole stadium sold out because, you know, season tickets don’t give you a choice… Wenger still had a response up his sleeve, because heaven forbid he own up to why people are throwing money into the puddle of mediocrity.
“No it’s Tuesday night against Sunderland, everybody expects us to win. I didn’t count the number of people who were in the seats. We are sold out,”
Arsene, please… it was embarrassingly empty.
Apathy. Boredom. Disdain.
Fans spoke yesterday.
Will they be back for the last game? Absolutely. It’s tradition to be there.
Will they be there for the cup final? Absolutely. It’s a must.
Arsenal fans made a statement at a worthless game, and it was loud and clear. But let’s be clear, missing a game you can attend is an unacceptable statement under any other normal circumstance. Remember, we always want to go to games, especially when it starts getting warm (come on, don’t pretend Peroni’s in the sun isn’t a massive pull in May).
To all those fans huffing that this wasn’t a real protest, read around my friends. This approach was far more effective than any march or parade. Why? Because it was highly visual, it was on display for 90 minutes, and it was peaceful and respectful.
Don’t believe it was a success? ask yourself these questions:
How many journo’s are slagging the boycott? (zero)
How many are writing about it? (all of them)
How many are saying, ‘it would have been better if the fans were more militant… I was hoping for a burning effigy or two’ (none)
There’s no classier way to communicate that the fans are finished with the manager. No vitriol. No nastiness. Just a big fat statement that said:
‘I’ll throw £40 into the wind if it means the club will fire Wenger’
Is it mission accomplished? No.
Will this give Ivan and the board leverage against Wenger? Absolutely.
Well done Gooners. Brilliant work. We made a super classy statement by doing NOTHING.
Anyway, listen to our podcast. It’s bloody great, AND we used your voicemails (THEY WERE AMAZING).