A dark day in the history of Arsenal Football Club
As Bob Dylan once said “The time’s they are a changing” I’ve been going to watch The Arsenal for well over 50 years now and must admit I was shocked and embarrassed by my fellow Arsenal fans reaction when Xhaka’s number was held up on the electronic board by the fourth official yesterday. I was in the stadium and the cheer that went up made me feel very uncomfortable indeed to be an Arsenal supporter.
I couldn’t imagine our fans behaving in this manner in years gone by. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that had a fan turned on one of their own players like that on the terraces back in the day, they would have got a right-hander and the rest of us would have cheered that wholeheartedly.
I was also equally disgusted by Granit Xhaka’s actions as well. I expect any Arsenal player when we are trying to win a game to sprint off the field in order to get the substitute on as quickly as possible in the same way as Kieran Tierney did yesterday. However just as I was feeling sorry and saddened for Xhaka. I started to get very angry at him for sauntering off the pitch then goading the Arsenal fans by waving his arms and cupping his ear. What people watching on television didn’t see but I did as I can see about 10 yards into the tunnel was Xhaka after taking his shirt off throw it on the floor as he stormed off down the tunnel. Apparently according to Talksport this morning he immediately, after getting changed, left the stadium.
This is completely unacceptable behaviour from any Arsenal player let alone the captain of Arsenal Football Club. His actions are right up there with William Gallas having to be told to get up off his arse by Arsene Wenger up at St Andrews back in 2008. Gallas was rightly stripped of the captaincy for that and I think Xhaka should be as well.
It all comes down to standards in the end. Both of the supporters and the players, in particular the captain. I was brought up to get behind every Arsenal player that wears our shirt and for me that still stands today. However, I also expect the Arsenal players to conduct themselves in a certain way especially our captain. Being Arsenal captain, I consider to be a great honour and whoever the captain is they must maintain standards. Just as I couldn’t imagine an Arsenal crowd of yesteryear behaving as they did yesterday, it would be unthinkable for Frank McLintock or Tony Adams to do what Xhaka did on Sunday. It’s a dark day in our history and neither the fans or Granit Xhaka come out of it in a good light.
The fans think they are entitled to do as they wish due to the massive amount, they now have to pay to watch football and the players think that the fans are beneath then due to the vast amounts of money they are paid. Football is losing its way and both players and fans need to take a long hard look at themselves.