The international breaks usually mean that I am bored.
This break was really nothing different. My Czechs were not on television (big surprise), and the Canadians were playing Panama with a CONCACAF official. Finding a topic to write on can be a chore and also very difficult.
I thought I would use this time to discuss an opportunity that we may have as Arsenal fans. November 6 Arsenal face Schalke in the Ruhr of Germany. Forgotten by pretty much all Arsenal fans is that the ladies could have their last 16 tie against either Standard Liege or FFC Turbine Potsdam on the 7th or 8th of November for the Women’s UEFA Champions League.
The support for the Arsenal men in Germany is going to be tremendous. Already the coach seats are for sale, hotels are available, and supporters are clamouring for tickets. What if we could generate that same support for our Arsenal Ladies? Even if half of the fans for the men’s match would stay for another day, we would provide enough fans to outnumber the home squad (either German or Belgian).
The Arsenal Ladies squad is incredibly strong; they take on FC Barcelona at the end of the month. A little support can go a long way. They are wrapping up their league season and the only competition they will be involved in is the Women’s Champions League.
What am I getting at? Well when we say we are fans of Arsenal, we do not say I am a fan of the Arsenal Men’s First Team. We say we are fans of Arsenal. So maybe it’s time we showed a little more support at matches for the Ladies. Maybe it’s time we showed up for the Next Gen and U21 matches that are open for tickets. Maybe it’s time we followed serial tweeters Gilly Flathery (@Gilly_flaherty), Steph Houghton (@stephhoughton2) and Danielle Carter (@MissCarter_x); maybe you could follow serial goal scorers Kim Little (@kimlittle16) and Kelly Smith (@kjs8eng); or future stars Jordan Nobbs (@jordannobbs8) and Jennifer Beattie (@jbeattie91); or maybe some of the veterans like Faye White (@faye_white) or Emma Byrne (@emmsb30).
Follow our ladies, watch them play, and enjoy some respectable football. AND don’t forget the Arsenal ladies win and win a lot. I hope to see you at the match in either Belgium or Germany cheering on the ladies as loudly as we cheer on the men.