The match review for today’s game with Fulham follows very shorty. In light of recent events, my favourite little Scotsman, Dyllan Munro, has taken a few moments to pen/type his guide to Arsenal blogging. Without further ado, I shall allow Dyllan’s words to guide you toward your reading salvation:
The Idiots Guide to Arsenal Blogging.
Since you’re reading this you will be aware of the world of Arsenal blogging. If summarised, it’s a murky realm on the Interwebs where damaged individuals express their opinions to seek the validation and approval of others. Occasionally some will write outlandish pieces in an attempt to gain exposure or pen a critical piece insulting others to satisfy that deep craving for attention. Lately it has become very popular for bloggers and admirers of those blogs to go onto other sites and abuse the authors of articles that they disagree with. A friendly disagreement is perfectly acceptable and to be expected but the hateful vitriol posted is often a sign that those spammers were either not loved enough, or loved too much as a child.
To avoid confusion I’ve penned this helpful article detailing the Arsenal Blogging Spectrum so that you know which views will match your own & what areas to avoid lest your blood boil. The position on the spectrum is on no way a criticism of any of the blogs and merely a way to differentiate on content matter. Any judgement on what is presumed to be better is entirely down to the individual.
I have avoided placing Podcasts on this list because views on these shows are often very diverse due to the common use of the “guest spots”. Whilst panellists on shows such as GoonerGirls Podcast & Goonersphere Podcast have roughly the same outlook on the club, views on podcasts like A Bergkamp Wonderland are hugely divergent. That’s because, amongst Gimli’s sexual deviancy, it contains regular guests with wildly contrasting views such as GeoffArsenal & SheWore. Likewise I avoided the repository of knowledge & humour that is Goonersphere. The reason for this is at last time of checking they had 20 contributors which makes it very likely that a conflict of opinions would arise and make it hard to pinpoint where they should go. The same applies to the always compelling Gunners Town.
Run by notorious shitehawk BlackburnGeorge, this site focuses on all the positives from the Arsenal players & club. Famously smitten with Arsene Wenger, this site is a firm believer of retaining the services of our respected Frenchman and is also of the opinion that the man at the helm of Arsenal with decades of footballing experience knows more than the average blogger. Often mocked by those on the right of the spectrum for their devotion to Wenger and the belief that Arsene deserves the credit for Arsenal’s good performances.
Visit If: You think Arsene Knows Best & like to remain upbeat.
Avoid If: You think AKB’s are insufferable arsesniffers & Wenger is a relic of a bygone era.
This blog presents comical offerings that enthral, amaze and occasionally disgust readers. Instead of writing daily posts or commenting on previous games Poznan prefers to write in depth articles fresh from the depths of his warped mind. Almost universally respected blogger capable of fantastic pieces of work. Tends to believe that the manager and in particular the medical staff have a greater bank of knowledge than someone who did PE in Year 5. Highlights of Poznans include “A Theo Shaped Hole”, “Why Gary Neville Must Be Stopped” and “Mesut Özil’s Sex Tape”. I’m saying the last one’s strange and I live in Glasgow.
Visit If: You enjoy fanciful and captivating stories containing Arsenal themes.
Avoid If: You prefer factual Arsenal news & have no interest in learning about Schrodinger.
An atypical football fan and daily blogger who happens to be a ferociously eloquent and worryingly eccentric practitioner of electrical based eroticism. His ramblings take on a balanced, positive note and often contain words on his one true beloved, Mathieu Flamini. James is an ordinary fan with no alleged contacts in the industry and reports on the days happenings with the sort of vigour you wouldn’t expect from someone forced to live in Bristol (Me: F**k you, Dyllan). Unfailingly entertaining.
Visit If: You enjoy surrealist writing and jam based shenanigans.
Avoid If: You have hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.
The Godfather of the Arsenal Blogosphere. Andrew has been publishing humorous and engaging articles for over 10 years now and manages to draw readers back day in, day out to hear his thoughts on our beloved club. He also manages a delicate balancing act in which everyone can appreciate his efforts, irrespective of their position on the players or manager.
Visit If: You appreciate intelligent writing & a wealth of footballing knowledge.
Avoid If: Even balanced views upset you or you don’t like Dubliners.
Phil prefers not to react to events on the pitch in the form of a daily blog but instead writes on more general subjects such as club ownership. A fan of Arsenal tradition, Phil offers detailed articles on shares, Kroenke & David Dein whilst displaying great knowledge about our club in general. He is of the opinion that Wenger is not infallible which leads to some criticism from fans on the left of the spectrum.
Visit If: You want to learn about Arsenal finances and board activity.
Avoid If: You believe Wenger is the Messiah or find Arsenals commercial activity boring.
This site has been up for over 5 years and has a large community of repeat readers and commenters. Pedro is a frequent critic of Wenger and the direction that the club has taken at times. He has often written about Wengers tactical inflexibility, and his inability to perform well against “the big teams”. Believes that good performances are firmly because of the players and not the managers output. Grows more irritated during transfer windows and when players pick up injuries. He is often maligned by fans of the left due to his previous criticisms of players, Wenger and the club although clearly has many who agree with him.
Visit If: You enjoy reading about Wengers mistakes.
Avoid If: You don’t like criticisms of the commercial, medical and playing staff.
GC is a big fan of Arsenal’s history and traditions who has gained notoriety within the Gooner community for his uncompromising views on the club and Arsene Wenger in particular. GC is firmly of the belief that our Manager should have delivered some silverware during the Emirates period and actively seethes with rage at the thought of our large cash reserves. He is also perpetually infuriated by Wengers rather large wage.
Visit If: You think “Wenga” should go and Bendtner is a c*nt.
Avoid If: You think that Wenger handled the transition from Highbury to Emirates well.