Well howdy to all of ya’ll, how we doing today?
Some interesting news on the Arsenal front today. A fan has been banned from the ground and had his Arsenal.com privileges revoked after being flagged by Kick It Out as a not so productive member of the Arsenal community. No more games for said person. The club had this to say on the matter,
Sure, maybe it is… but you know what, it’s about time someone jumped on top of the online cesspit that can be the Arsenal community. I’ve had threats, I’ve had people mock a girlfriend that was attacked by a man in Finsbury Park, I’ve seen brazen homophobia, I’ve seen disgusting racism… but hey, it’s online, so fuck it, everyone is fair game.
Well, it looks like Arsenal are stepping up to the plate Twitter should be. I don’t know the details of the messages. I’d assume the person in question was either racist, homophobic and abusive. Arsenal don’t want that associated with their club and have made a stand.
‘BUT OUR FREEDOM TO SPEAK HAS BEEN THREATENED’
Sure, I get that freedom of speech is vital part of a functioning democracy. I understand that it’s under attack around the world. But I also think freedom of speech is sometimes misconstrued. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom to abuse. It never has been. It has never been freedom to be racist, abusive or homophobic.
I am not allowed to chant aggressively at queer folk in a football stadium.
I am not allowed to abuse someone because they are Asian.
I am not allowed to threaten to slice someone’s face open in the Armoury because they wear a ‘one Arsene Wenger’ tee.
Those things get you banned from the stadium, so why shouldn’t the same be true online? If you affiliate yourself with the club in your avatar, there’s some sort of responsibility not to act like a disgusting human being online.
Is this stage one of the takeover?
First it’s racism… then it’s criticising the club online… then it’s wiping out anyone who says mean things about Stan’s moustache?
Maybe. I have my doubts though. Those who run the club are good honest people. Many Arsenal fans. If you’re partaking in grim behaviour online, then it’s no wonder the club don’t want you in the stadium.
Great job Arsenal. You have my backing, and judging by my Twitter feed, many other people around world agree.
Ooooooon the FOOTBALL front, let’s talk about the rumour doing the rounds. Julian Draxler, a player we passed on at £37m, is winging his way to us for £42.5m. What a damn shame we had to pay more.
I’ve no idea of the veracity of this story… but look, if we land Draxler, that’d be something special. He’s an awesome talent, he has pace, he has height, he’s great with both feet and he’ll only get more potent as he grows older.
Also, I wonder if Wenger sees him as the wideman that can play through the middle. I know he saw Reus as a potential striker. Draxler has the frame of Robin Van Persie, Wenger has the pedigree of making strikers out of nothing… and remember, Robin played out wide for Holland when he was young and a bit for Arsenal.
My big critique of Wenger over the years has been the lack of a plan B. If you can’t find a striker, can we do something makeshift? Like, really, Sanchez for me would have been great through the middle. He had one chance at that last season and he was pushed aside after 45mins (Leicester?).
Anyway, be interesting to see if Draxler (if the move is real) is a replacement for Mikki, or Wenger has other plans for the 12 year old looking German.
Talking of the Germans, they were taken down by France in a game that saw an exceptional performance from Ozil go unrewarded. He created like a demon, the German’s finished like Arsenal on a damp night in Stoke.
Olivier Giroud’s rapid pace against Iceland was exposed as fraudulent after he had two breaks on goal snuffed out because he is a slow player who is now 29 years old. Heaven help us if he’s leading our line in the Premier League next season.
Griezmann played like a hero again with two more goals, one short of Platini’s record haul at the European showpiece. Can’t imagine what his price tag is going to look like next year when he eventually leaves the dull anti-football of the Simeone regime. There will be some suitors for sure…
Worryingly, another superstar of the tournament, Toni Kroos, ruled out Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga, but did not rule out a move elsewhere… Pep G apparently in the hunt.
But chill guys, we have Kelechi Nwakali and Tukuma coming over to rock our way to GLORY!
Happy Friday x