Respect + Unity = Deliverance
Aaaah, Friday. The day before the weekend and a match. A day when I get a lie-in, Darius takes over. So big fella, take it away. What???!!! You need a week off because of work? Work is for wimps, mister. As Jim Royle would say, “Work, my arse”. Oh bugger, I’d better get my act together….
Right, profuse apologies proferred from Darius so here we go. Nigel Winterburn has got the ball rolling ahead of the visit of Burnley to The Emirates tomorrow, having a James moment, believing that the title may just be the squad’s destiny calling:
They have a great chance now, they are right in there after Chelsea’s defeat on Saturday, and they have to feel they can win most of these last 10 games and push United and Chelsea all the way.
The key is to put pressure on them, like by winning on Saturday before United play and send them out at Wolves knowing they can’t afford to slip up.
Winterburn is one of the few pundits whose opinion is worth listening to. Whilst he, Keown, Parlour and Dixon take the filthy lucre from media organisations, they present a balanced view of Arsenal, giving a valid opinion on the rights and wrongs rather than a sensationalist diatribe spewed with venom to gain a reputation. That the reputation may be one of ‘chatting shit‘ as a friend likes to describe it, is apparently unimportant.
There is an absolute lack of respect, reflecting society in general. Winterburn has a well-honed sense of revenge in that respect:
I really hope Arsenal can go on and win the title or the Champions League this season, because a lot of people disrespected the club at the start of the season, saying they wouldn’t even be contenders.
They have already proved a lot of them wrong, but winning something is the only real way to do it.
And winning the title is a real possibility. I noted yesterday that Arsenal would not be considered to have won the title, simply that Chelsea or United had thrown it away. The Sith Lord of the North implied that yesterday, observing that Arsenal were genuine contenders because they had the easiest run-in.
Sycophantic media chums – or those too scared of being barred from Carrington press conferences – failed to point out to him that the reason Arsenal is still in contention is that in between the top of the table clashes, Arsenal are the most consistent side in the country.
We have dropped 12 points against United and Chelsea yet they lead the table by a mere 3 points. Therefore, Arsenal has performed better in the other fixtures, the ones that consistently we are told, are the ones that matter, the ones that win titles, the ones which this season are derided because we have not beaten Chelsea or United, dismissed as inconsequential. Well, they are not.
The disrespect though is not limited to outsiders. The abilities of players are routinely dismissed by Arsenal fans, frequently in abusive terms. It is not right; it is not useful and it has to stop. By all means be critical of a performance but constructively so; show the unity and support to drive the team forward to fulfilling yours and their dreams.