WTTGT Writer: Reiss Silva
Arsenal’s failure to win any silverware since the 2005 FA Cup triumph over Manchester United has been well documented.
The squad and management have been criticised time and time again for their underachievement.
But the fans can be accused of ‘underachieving’ as well. Since moving the short distance to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s home ground has lacked any atmosphere.
The loyal supporters must take some of the blame for this. Over the course of a season the away following will out sing the home fans most games!
In fact, there are games where there is no noise at all from the stands apart from the odd minute of chanting at the start of the match.
The lack of success and lack of atmosphere could be linked. I’m not saying that because we don’t sing, the players don’t win but making a ‘12th man’ could well inspire the team on those afternoons where a team comes and sits back.
The club itself must take the some responsibility for this too. Ticket prices have been raised for the upcoming season despite being expensive already. Emptying a stadium of the real fans and populating it with corporate gumf is never going to help the situation.
Arsenal’s support has become a joke to many other clubs’ fans and this has to change. It is horrible to see seats empty after half time, as club level members enjoy refreshments.
It seems that going to watch the Gunners now is more like a trip to the theatre. You go, sit in comfortable chairs, enjoy the interval refreshments, and watch a ‘show.’
Winning or losing I would like the home of our team to be a fortress, full of noise and one where the opposition’s players are even intimidated.
As I said this is no reason not to win a trophy, but it could be the first step to seeing our team pick up that all important illusive trophy.
Let’s hope that this is the season it is done.