Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire – Evelyn Beatrice Hall (also known as S.G. Tallentyre), The Friends of Voltaire
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Please, let’s all take a few minutes to digest this before I share my point of view with you.
Being allowed to protest is not under discussion and should never be. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and everyone should be allowed to express hers/his, shall this not be an incitement to violence or hate.
I won’t be discussing the right of exposing that famous banner straight after the final whistle of the game we played at The Hawthorns; those people wanted to do it and had all the rights to do it.
Anyone within or outside of the club who tries to stop any respectful (you know what I mean!) protest could be easily labeled a fascist.
Personally, I don’t agree with anything done by that group of travelling fans once Chris Foy declared the match concluded.
I don’t like the way that message was sent, I don’t like the timing and – most of all – I don’t like the idea that some people preferred to display a banner instead of applauding their players, who were coming towards the supporters.
I get the fact that people out there are upset, disappointed and fed-up with Arsène Wenger but showing that banner after such a hard-fought, laborious win seemed quite disgraceful to me.
On the pitch players were showing solidarity, unity and commitment; on the stands people were divisive and dissentious – that sounds terribly wrong.
Solidarity, commitment and determination showed by players on the pitch are the only magic ingredients that could allow us to turn this indecipherable season into something better; can we stop protesting against our manager and our players (remember Aaron Ramsey, boys?) and support our club in its quest for better results?
How difficult is it? How hard is to back those people who – more or less successfully – are representing the club we all care about?
I dare you to point out one single moment during his 17-years tenure in which Arsène Wenger didn’t put his best effort and maximum commitment in driving the Arsenal.
He did mistakes, many of them. Players did mistakes, as well. So what? We are all supposed to be supporters in the first place.
We ask our manager to do the best to drive the club to glory; we ask our players to fight for the club; we want everyone to give his all during nine frantic months – I would expect the supporters to do the same on the stands, that’s the minimum we must delivery.
The season is not over, there’s plenty to play for and everyone at the club seems ready to give it a go.
It seems like we are the firsts to give up while our manager and our players battle to recover some form and deliver some good results.
That’s utterly ridiculous; I hope you will excuse my French.
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.