Exclusive: Official leaked data on Arsenal fan opinion sourced | Transfer ins and outs

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Good morning Grover’s. A couple of days ago, some leaked data made it into the hands of Le Grove. Has Pam involved herself in some sort of break and enter scandal, I’ll leave that to the police to decide.

Anyway, here is the jist… we’ve seen a sneak preview of a YouGov/Cambridge University Poll of over 13,000 premiership club football fans – to be published next week – which tabulates the the opinions of club fans about their own team’s performance in the 2010/2011 season – creating league tables of what each team’s fans think about their own team, their manager, and each of their players.

For those that don’t know, YouGov are a hugely respected pollster whose results are often used to help shape Government policy. This survey will have been carried out to the highest standards.

Here are some of the headline grabbing bits…

The players Arsenal fans are most satisfied with at the moment are Robin Van Persie and Jack Wilshere. Two players who just got on with the job last season and put their all into everything they did. If Arsene Wenger was looking at a new captain next season, it’s to imagine he’ll look further than Robin Van Persie and it would seem that perhaps, fan sentiment would ok that decision. A player who didn’t fare so well was our current captain, Cesc Fabregas. A season of niggly injuries, poor mistakes and constant speculation have probably led to a low satisfaction score.

In satisfaction rating for overall team performance last season, Arsenal were a dreadful 16th out of 20 teams. That’s pretty awful. You’d have to imagine that much of this was down to the lack lustre performances, the huge prices we’re being forced to pay and once again, the lack of a trophy.

Considering we finished 4th in the league, that’s an incredibly low position. But don’t argue with me… this is a cross-section of fans from all over the UK partaking in this. It should also be noted that according to my leaker, this survey wasn’t taken straight after the season finished… this is fan sentiment a month after it’s all happened.

The final satisfaction poll surrounds the manager.

When I’m asked about whether Arsenal fans would like to see him sacked, I always say that’s the wrong question to ask. A better question would be to give him an approval rating. If you asked Arsenal fans on a scale of 1-10, how pleased they were with the manager, that might reflect differently than the usual, ‘he’s a legend, we could never sack him.’

Well, out of all the managers in the Premiership, Arsene Wenger was 14th for fan satisfaction. That’s pretty low considering some of the shocking managerial performances of the last season. Not surprising though. It seems all this fan angst that people keep telling me is in the minority, is, apparently not… it’s a majority opinion.

The rest of the survey will be out later on in the week, so it’ll be interesting to read who was lower than us, where Spurs finished up and how the other London clubs did comparatively.

Arsenal still seem to be lagging way behind everyone else in the transfer market. We’re doing a marvellous job of making top 4 rival Manchester City stronger. Giving them two of our starting 11 seems a bit crazy to me, but we just can’t resist the pound notes can we? We’ll no doubt be going back and forth over the transfer fee of Alvarez which appears to have alerted Inter who take a distinctly, ‘we’ll just pay it’ approach to transfers.

Arsenal will tie up a deal for Gary Cahill in the next two weeks providing no other club bids for the centre back. Once again, we’re only able to acquire players if we’re the only club involved. Other than that, there isn’t really much going on. Preseason training is due to start next week and so far, all we’ve managed to do is land one player in the shape of Gervinho… and to my knowledge, that hasn’t been officially announced.

People can keep on saying that we’re only a week into the transfer window, but I’m sure I remember Wenger telling us he’d get his business done early. Once again, that appears to be something of a lie. We’re not talking about bolstering the squad this summer are we? We’re talking about bringing in at least 3 first teamers. They’re going to need time to bed in, there is not point in bringing them in in August is there?

Still, we’ve signed Barcelona youth product Bellerin. Thank god for that. I can’t wait to see him leave for a £1million in 5 years time.

Benfica have moved for Nik B, about time too… he’s the greatest player everyone seems to have forgotten. What are his agents doing? Mind you, finding someone £50k a week when they’re the equivalent of a failed graduate must be tough going.

So while Rome is burning, Wenger is sitting there with all the clubs who are actually in poverty waiting for the others to move. The guy is ridiculous…

Still, we should be thankful for a wonderful sunny day. That always excites me. Beautiful sun!

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948 Responses to “Exclusive: Official leaked data on Arsenal fan opinion sourced | Transfer ins and outs”

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  1. dennisdamenace

    Do you actually go to the games?

    Did you actually see Taylor play in the flesh?

    I am the child? Let me refresh your memory;

    July 5, 2011 at 07:48
    What are we dealing with here, a fucking ten year old?

    “Henry’s not a legend”

    “Seige mentality was perfected by arsen wenger…….FACT”

    Do you have learning difficulties?

  2. Larry kamvy

    Throwing a tantrum are we dennis? Why do you hate stuart taylor so much? We should be hating Rami Shaban, not stuart taylor!

    Dennise, Arsenal perfected the seige mentality……ACCEPT IT MATE!

  3. Paul King


    So you love winning trophies and successful Arsenal teams…well who doesn’t??
    The point is…so many on here have joined that cynical and abysmal group who feel we are entitled to win trophies… Geoff admitted that because of the exorbitant ticket prices we pay we should be entitled to trophies… well that is complete bollocks! You are not checking in to a suite at a five star hotel or paying for first class air travel… You are paying to watch one of the world’s great sport teams in one of the world’s best football stadiums in one of the greatest cities in the world….and the level of entitlement spreading through Arsenal’s fans is becoming a virus that is normally associated with the Manc dopes and Chav cunts!

  4. dennisdamenace

    Throwing a tantrum? Don’t avoid the issues. I asked you a number of pertinent questions, which you’ve completely dodged.

    You come out with;

    Larry kamvy says:
    July 5, 2011 at 08:03
    Alex ferguson knows that Arsen is still better than him!

    And, you expect people to take you seriously?

  5. Larry kamvy

    BREAKING NEWS………….John O’shea spotted at Colney last night,deal could be completed today!

  6. dennisdamenace

    On a more worthwhile issue than wasting oxygen on LK, i urge all Grovers to NOT buy the News of the World.

    Their collective behaviour regarding the Milly Dowler abduction, murder and her family has been nothing short of disgusting.

  7. scott

    @Paul king 8:10 ” you’re not checking into a suite at a 5 star hotel”
    Obviously You never go to the emirates because that’s exactly what it feels like go into club level.

  8. Larry kamvy

    Gambon, you of all people should know that i am always on the fence……….

    Arsen wenger is better than ferguson………admit itb gambon……i know you hate him nowadays but cummon…….let out that inner gunner in you and say it!

  9. scott

    # Paul king ” Mancs team picture ” ?
    I would love to know your IP. I bet you live in Cornwall and have never been to the emirates let alone Highbury .
    AKB. MUGS!

  10. gambon



    League Titles – 3
    Domestic Cups – 4
    Euro Trophies – 0


    League Titles – 12
    Domestic Cups – 9
    Euro Trophies – 3

    Are you sure about that?

  11. Zee

    Paul king you’re a joker. we’re entitled to have a manager with proper ambition. That’s not an opinion, that’s fact

  12. Larry kamvy

    Gambon i thought you hate stats?…………..deep down you know arsen is a creator of special squads…….dedep deep down in your bruised arsenal heart!…….


  13. dennisdamenace

    OK, for one last time i will engage in dialogue with you, and i will try and keep it as simple as possible for you.

    In the preceding six years ManUre under Ferguson has won more trophies in that time than Wenger has won in his 15 years at Arsenal.

    All that done on a wage bill comparable to Arsenal’s.

    The Guinness Book of Records will state that (whether you like it or not) Alex Ferguson was/is the most successful manager in the history of British football.

    My fucking gripe is that Wenger has the resources (money) to have done much, much better in challenging Ferguson’s record, but hasn’t, his choice.

  14. scott

    Larry what’s all this man Utd love in? Obviously you must be a Mancs or worse a Cockney Red on a wind up. Not once have I ever mentioned those Mancs cunts in my posts. You on the other hand do so on every post you make. I think you’ve come onto the wrong blog. You Chad sniffin mug.

  15. Larry kamvy

    Scott why are you defending yourself lilke a manc spy caught with his dirty red hand in the arsenal cookie jar?

  16. Paul King


    I live in Dubai, have been a season ticket holder for 13 years (Highbury & The Grove) but have followed the club for 30 years (Home & Away). I get back 5/6 times per year…but prefer the away games now where we create a proper atmosphere. The past 6 years have been unbelievably frustrating but the weak have succumbed to the entitlement virus… hopefully you’ll be cured when Wenger moves on next season!

    What’s your dopey point??? Is there a “Scott” qualifying standard to become a true Arsenal fan now that I’m not aware of???

  17. gambon

    Fergie has money…therefore he spends it…..therefore he wins trophies.

    Wenger has money….he chooses not to spend it….he sells all his players…..he buys 16 year olds…..he wins nothing.

    Wenger = cunt

  18. Geoff

    Morning all, today I write the post, if you are happy with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger then read another post, this one is not for you…

  19. Larry kamvy

    We are not happy with arsenal geoff, todays post is for us who see the true picture, not some blind faith AKB’S(hate these guys, with a passion).

    Geoff, what do you know about this kid Santon from inter?

  20. scott

    @ Paul Wayne king 8:16need I say more
    so you’re a season ticket holder who livesin Chav Central Dubai.surrounded by plastic Mancs over there no wonder you keep parping on about 5 star hotels and Mancs.

  21. gambon


    Its because he has ruined our club and made us a laughing stock.

    He is so far out of his depth its unreal. If he wants to sign african kids and work on a shoestring budget he should fuck off to lorient.

  22. dennisdamenace

    You are nothing more than a fucking wind up merchant, i’ve tried to be civil with you, but quite frankly the best part of you ran down the inside of your mother’s leg when you were “born”, you fucking mug.

  23. Zee

    Paul k what’s your obsession with the word entitlement. Do you not think that with ticket prices and profits, both football wise and in the transfer Market, we as fans are not entitled to expect our manager to be more ambitious in terms of signing better players??? How can you not see that as a club they’re taking the piss out of the fans???

  24. gnarleygeorge9

    I will be reading Geoff 😈

    I know there is a fair bit of crap that flies around Newsnow now, but even so, the continued lack of initiative by The Club to sign an inspiring name is anoying.

  25. Geoff

    What’s everyone upset about today, I have written a top post that Wenger’s mother couldn’t fault, Ok Bob Wilson won’t like it.

    Larry I don’t know him.

  26. Jimbo

    Larry – could Mourinho do more at Arsenal than Wenger? Absolutely.

    Like I said, 14th best manager in the league is generous to Arsene.

  27. scott

    Zee he can’t he’s to busy living in a new plastic world selling timeshare properties playing golf and drinking champagne cocktails.
    he was probably selling timeshares in Tenerife in the 80’s.

  28. gnarleygeorge9

    Larry kamvy says

    “Dennis, wenger had half of fungus’s budget! Do the math……..”

    Yes, & manures has 10 times thedebt of Arsenal but he still has the balls to buy; to continue to improve; a will to win trophies.

    I’m sick of all this penny pinching poop with Arsenal.

    All we get from Wenger & his pals are excuses.

  29. Paul King

    Scott the cock,

    You are like a bad 80’s comedian… Where’s your IP?? Fergie’s arse-hole?

  30. Geoff

    Ok guys keep it friendly, this is a blog of love and I will not hesitate to brandish a few yellows if I have to.

  31. gnarleygeorge9

    Arsene Wenger doesn’t need to have the brass that Middle Eastlands & SAF have anyway. According to ol’Frenchie all he needs is a couple of tweeks to this already strong squad. So why wait. Get in I say!

  32. Paul King

    Zee & Scott,

    You sound like a couple of welfare chislers always fucking moaning that you want more! I suggest your constant hard-on for Fergie’s debt financed party cruises reveals an inner Manc fan….You are probably a couple of Manc stooges disguised as Arsenal fans to assist Le-grove’s transition to Le-fuckin’ whine!