A rallying cry for the North London Derby
As we all know, things aren't exactly rosy in the world of the Arsenal fan at present. Annoyed over sub standard performances (or more importantly the amount of effort shown in those performances more than the results by certain players), worries over a certain dutch goal machine staying at the club beyond the end of the season, contract issues for other players, how to get rid of certain players come the summer and now the financial information that has aired itself as a result of the Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) meeting last night - the information may have been already known, but it was presented it understandable fashion for all. I may come back to the financial side of things another time, but for the moment all of that is beside the point.
This Sunday is the North London Derby. Spurs are coming down the Seven Sisters to the Emirates. You know, Spurs. Tottenham. The old enemy. The spuds. The filthy y*ds. That bunch of muppets from Shite Hart Lane complete with Emmanuel Adebarndoor and "the world's greatest". I could go on but I'd rather not write about them a second longer than necessary. Our friends from N17 are currently lauding it over us at any available opportunity, which is understandable considering they haven't finished above us in the league since my age was still in single figures (I'm currently 26). This is the one game of the season above all else where the elements of bickering amongst ourselves need to be shelved and we need to present a United front (to use Arsene Wenger's words). The Emirates NEEDS to be a wall of noise on Sunday like it was in the second half against Manchester United (well, until THAT substitution anyway). If the players can't get themselves up for this then they shouldn't be at the club but we, seemingly more than any time in recent memory need to be the extra man on the pitch (especially since F***ing Mike Dean is the ref, we need to even the odds up at 12 vs 12!!).
The players, or certain players anyway, understand the need to perform and the need for an improvement. Bacary Sagna put it bluntly best when he said "against Tottenham, we must play better or we will lose". You can't say much fairer than that. Losing to The Spuds is hard enough to take at the best of times but if the effort is put in then it can be taken, albeit with a large lump in the throat. Lack of effort this Sunday would be unforgivable in this game above any other, and we all pray to god that all of the players understand this, not just a select few such as Bac, TV5 and Robin Van Persie. One of the blocks recently inscribed for the 125th anniversary of the club has the following quote on it: "It is not the victory, it is the effort. It is not the trophy, it is the honour." As far as I'm concerned that says it all.
So argue amongst yourselves all you like, say The Board out, Gazidis out, Arshavin out, Walcott out, even Wenger out if that is your disposition of choice, but not on Sunday. Whatever your disposition, get behind the team on Sunday. To all those muppets who are putting their seats up on the ticket exchange (unless you've got a valid reason) because we've lost a couple of games, shame on you. I can understand frustrations but this is The North London Derby. You do not give up on a team who are struggling and if the fans can be the ones to give them the kick up the arse (pun intended) that sets them on their way, we all need to do our bit. So any seats that crop up on the ticket exchange - get them filled. Let's give the Spuds something to think about when they step foot on the pitch on Sunday, rather than being able to hear their scummy fans sing "just like the library". We are The Arsenal, traditionally no one does class like we do, so let's live up to that. Up The Arse and FOYS.