Hit up a Super Bowl party last night hoping for a spectacle, boy did we land one. The Falcons stormed to an insurmountable lead, the Patriots didn’t tolerate the idea of losing, they marched back under the incredible Tom Brady. What a result.
Responding to the mean face of adversity, playing like a real team, showcasing unbelievable feats of athleticism (Edelman catch) combined with unreal tactical nous, they prevailed. What an evening.
So many elements you’d love to see more of at Arsenal. Sure, everyone hates them, but they’re winners. I’d love a bit of that at Arsenal. Not too much. But give me some.
John Cross, seething after a week of being tanked by fans online and on AFTV, formulated a response along the lines of ‘let them have cake’ in a bizarre rant first, worry about the story second. This on the peasants of opinion:
To be fair, it is brilliant entertainment. Everyone is entitled to a view. Except that the Arsenal fans seem so wrapped up in their anger and despair that they miss the fact that other fans are ridiculing them.
It used to be played out in a pub with mates. Now it’s on social media and, without doubt, Arsenal’s latte sipping classes and spoilt little rich kids seem to shout loudest.
Think what you want about the AFTV guys, they are entertaining. They cause no harm to anyone and they’re a nice release after a shocking result. The comfort in knowing that after a game someone, somewhere, sought out a microphone to say something that makes your petty little rant in a WhatsApp group or pub look embarrassingly tame is lovely. Robbie has set up a little empire of his own back because he understands the normal fan. It’s a cultural phenomenon, it’s part of the AFC vernacular now and it’s turned into a post-game ritual.
It’s hard work out there too. Brands don’t pay much, Youtube aren’t exactly busting out the millions. People are mean online. But they all clearly love it. I’ll never knock that.
Being told other fans mock the videos is petulant and childish. If you really care what other fans think of you, maybe you should get a real problem? Secondly, to call AFTV fans the ‘latte-sipping classes’ is beyond the pale. Do any of those characters online look like latte-sipping classes? Do any of them look like they’re jumping in a Rolls Royce for a kale salad after they drop some Wenger fire? Does it matter if you’re rich, does that somehow relegate your view to uninteresting? I didn’t realise wealthy journalists who write books were so beyond the casual delights of a grande at Starbucks. When I sat at the Arsenal FA Cup press conference, watching journo after journo raid the coffee machine in the main suite, I did NOT grasp they were NOT hitting the latte button. I was, and I feel disgusting for it now. Like I sacrificed something when I opted for the calorific hit of caffeine and steamed milk.
I didn’t realise wealthy journalists who write books were so beyond the casual delights of a grande at Starbucks. When I sat at the Arsenal FA Cup press conference, watching journo after journo raid the coffee machine in the main suite, I did NOT grasp they were NOT hitting the latte button. I was, and I feel disgusting for it now. Like I sacrificed something when I opted for the calorific hit of caffeine and steamed milk.
Interesting that someone who likely hasn’t paid for a ticket since Backstreet Boys were a thing / dines out on a delightful sandwich buffet rolled out by the club every week really shouldn’t be picking on the largely working class fans of AFTV, nor the fans who ‘seem’ rich when you look at their beautifully art directed avatars.
This is like the Gary Neville comment, but from someone who should know better.
Talking of the exUnited defender. Interesting to read him joust with Piers Morgan. He was taken to task about his reticence to call for a Wenger firing. Apparently, according to Gary, he’ll lambast Wenger on his Monday night assassination session with Jamie Carragher, he’ll dump on him for a full ninety minutes, highlighting to dumb working class fans why he’s so bad… but he won’t call for him to be fired.
Isn’t that noble? He’ll lead the media charge against Wenger, giving tacit permission for anger and questions. But when it comes down to it, he won’t tarnish his relationship because of some unwritten code. He doesn’t have a book he wants to write, but he might want a job with Arsenal at some point, so best not cut off a connection.
I’m gearing up right now for the next assault on our tiny little minds. We’ve had our best players bar Sanchez talk about how you can breastfeed from Wenger if you ask nicely. We’ve had The Mirror of #MadeUthink notoriety tell us we should be grateful because we’ve never had it so good / if that doesn’t work for you, you’re a latte drinking wimp / working-class slag with no right to speak online.
Wenger apparently due to announce he’s staying during the next international break. So the next PR assault will be on your hope…
‘Wenger takes defeat harder than anyone’
‘Manager plans major squad overhaul’
‘Warchest rumoured to be £169m’
It’s coming, you know it. But as the American’s say, ‘stay woke’, and call out the nonsense. Pray Wenger has an ounce of self-awareness and decides he’d rather hand over to a manager who has a clue.
… because know this, if I had to take the ups and downs of Chelsea to land in a place we could all enjoy together, I’d take it. A solid Arsene run in won’t convince me he should be given another chance. Top 4 over Mourinho and Pep (who has relegated us to 3rd) gives me no solace. Just chop out Wenger and bring in a real coach.
Right, that’s me done.
Anyway, podcast is being recorded a little latte…