I’ve read plenty of articles over the last couple of weeks citing the lack of noise at the Emirates as being a problem.
One article blamed our slump in form on the fans (Really?), another said the need for beer at half time is ruining the atmosphere and countless others have commented on the crappy noise levels.
I never really noticed the lack of singing before, mainly because I sit quite close to the red section… and quite close to Geoff who simply doesn’t shut up the whole game!
I’m not one for slagging the fans but I have a confession to make… I noticed the crap atmosphere when I watched the Boro’ game on T.V the other day. It was very quiet and if you want your players to up it to the next level… a bit of encouragement doesn’t do them any damage does it (Look at Pompey!)?
Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you its the corporates fault… or the club levellers… or people taking pictures of the ground the whole game. Why? Because none of those reasons rub with me.
What I have noticed at the Emirates is that a bit of ‘West Stand decorum’ has crept in around the stadium. It could be stewards conditioning us not to tolerate noise, a different type of fan attending or football tourists on the rise… it doesn’t matter.
The fact is, if you stand up and sing, you are often frowned upon. Its what used to happen in the old West stand (How long will it take for Weststander31 to post, ‘I used to sit in the west stand and the atmosphere was ripping… you know nothing Pedro.’).
I think we should take a business like approach to this problem.
In business if you have a problem you don’t look to blame… its not constructive. What you look to do is find a viable solution. So there will be no shit slinging from me today.
What to do then?
Start a campaign from the comfort of my office chair! That’s bloody what to do!
…and what to name this campaign?
Bring Back The NOISE!
Ok, marketings not my thing… Geoff can take care of that but you get the jist of where I am heading!
Here are the solutions… they could all be shite… if you think they are shite… suggest something better! But whatever idea gets the backing of the people, I will put it in a letter to Arsenal or try and implement the idea using other methods!
Fans who used to make the noise no longer sit with each other, everyone is alien to one another. So if you used to sing, you will generally find yourself feeling a bit of a plonker when you stand up, belt out a bit of,
‘Arsssssenal, Arrrseeeenal F.C, We’re by far the…’
Only to look down and see that no one else is sharing that moment with you.
So my suggestion is this.
People who like to sing and lead by example will wear orange shirts, then they are easily identifiable to other fellow singers!
Hey, you might even make friends with some like minded gooners! If there are ten of you sitting in close proximity – you can all identify each other and easily coordinate a song… it could encourage those around you to join in (and maybe encourage RvP to score a goal!)!
This one is a little more complicated and would require the assistance of Arsenal F.C!
Would I get that assistance…?
Well, they were quite charitable when Diarra asked for something he didn’t deserve… so why the hell not?
Steven Hawkins… piss off… I am about to show you how real mathematicians roll…
There are 56,000 season ticket holders (roughly).
Modest estimates would suggest that 10% of that amount enjoy a sing song.
5,600 singers divided by 32 inner rows in the stadium… that’s 175 singers per block and 1400 singers per quadrant.
All the singers would be sat together in a singing section for a block (like a choir). They would all be aware they were with other like minded singers and hopefully they could help bring back the atmosphere!
Would that not raise the freaking roof chaps?
Yes sir it would.
So how about I raise an online petition for season ticket singers? Everyone who likes to sing, signs up.
If you have one of those chums who thinks a blog is the time of the month where his missus wont put out… sign him up too… you can all sit together!
We then present the list of fans (Accompanied with season ticket numbers) to the Arsenal ticket office and then the onus is on Arsenal to prove they want a great atmosphere.
Would Wenger dig this idea? Hell yes, he told me so on facebook.
I could post up a song sheet, with a bit of encouraging text. The sheet would then be available for you guys to print and hand out in the thousands at the game.
Cost? Don’t worry about it… most peoples work places actively promote this sort of paper wastage… less paper… means less pollution.
‘Good old Arsenal, we’re proud to sing that name…’
So what do you think? Do I have a campaign? Will you join? Can we make the Emirates a noise fortress!
I believe we can!
I mean what do we have that our south coast chums don’t? Except a wife that can’t be classed as a blood relative!
My gosh, I am on fire today!
Anyway, let me know what you think!
Have a good day Grovers!