Gooners moan more than porn stars!

Gooners moan more than porn stars!

It didn’t take long. In an era when sofa supporters and keyboard warriors want the manager of the team they support sacked on the back of a couple of draws, the English Champions of complaining, Arsenal fans, are back at it.

The fans who eventually got their way and drummed Arsene Wenger out of Arsenal, are now after the blood of another classy coach, Unai Emery. A proven winner.

It was bound to happen. It was only a question of when. Arsenal fans of my age group long for the days of George Graham. They loved that era of winning games 1-0. Being bored witless by the football on offer. Nothing too exciting to distract them from talking about important things, like share prices and where they were going on holiday. Many of them actually preferred watching the George Graham side to the Arsene Wenger managed team that went an entire season unbeaten.

I once worked with an Arsenal season ticket holder who bought the seats either side of him at Highbury. That way nobody could sit next to him. He spent games arguing with the season ticket holder in front of him. For smoking. I swear they were too busy calling each other names to concentrate on the football being played. It became a bi-weekly duel between the men.

In my experience Gooners moan more than actresses in porn movies. They live to lament.

Are they born complaining? Had Bertie Mee or their beloved George Graham managed in the age of social media, would they want them sacked for not winning?

Who is their next choice to manage Arsenal? I saw some Arsenal fans asking for Diego Simeone. The club have courted Simeone in the past and he’s shown no inclination to leave a club where fans back him, for one where the supporters would be on his back should he not win major honours in his first season.

I saw Arsenal fans demanding the club hire Jose Mourinho. While Chelsea season ticket holders grew weary of Mourinho and his stupefying tactics – even when he delivered cups and titles – maybe Mourinho is ideal for Gooners. They’d likely identify with his miserable facial expressions. What would they demand from him? Would a guaranteed top four place be enough? Or would they expect a Premier League title? I suspect only Champions League glory would make them happy.

But it wasn’t only those on the terraces who were displeased with what they saw in the 2-2 draw against Watford. Even Lee Dixon, a fine defender in his days at Arsenal, was frustrated. Having worked with Lee in the past, I know him to be one of the more grounded, rational ex footballers. He tweeted: “The worst performance without the ball for a very long time. No accountability whatsoever. Game management zero. Game understanding zero. Responsibility to others zero. Very, very poor.”

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Emery out! The demand of impatient Arsenal fans

But I’m not solely picking on Arsenal supporters. I despair of almost all football fans these days. Especially those who have some false sense of entitlement.

They demand instant success and coaches or managers to be fired after the shortest of bad runs. Impatience infects football supporters up and down the land, across all leagues. None more so than those fans of Premier League clubs who feel entitled. Many of them aren’t even going to matches. They’re paying the devil stupid sums of money a month so that they can watch televised games and complain from the comfort of their couch.

An Arsenal fan calling a phone-in show said: “It’s been groundhog day for the last fourteen years.”

You’re not wrong. You’ve been moaning for at least that long. The same caller, John, went on to show his true Brexit Britain colours when he said: “Unai Emery is sub standard. Average. He’s not even British.”

For John and others like him, Unai Emery winning the Europa League three times with Sevilla is somehow irrelevant. The 11 game winning run last season, Arsenal’s best run of form since 2007, along with Emery getting an inadequate Arsenal squad to the Europa League final earlier this year, count for nothing. The praise heaped on their manager and team following the second half comeback against north London rivals Tottenham at the start of September are wiped out by a draw against a Watford side which would inevitably be up for the game under a new manager.

Football supporters these days have short memories and no patience. The time has long gone for telling them to be careful what they wish for. There’s no point. The majority are only happy when they’re moaning.

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Arsenal’s next league match is at home to Aston Villa on September 22nd. All my football tips for games in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1 & 2 will be available on Thursday to anyone joining VG Tips via this link. 

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