Apologies for the lack of a match report yesterday. Things kinda caught up with me, and the time allotted for blogging quickly vanished. Such is the tumultuous road I traverse at present.
Compared to the level of dismay this time last week, it’s a much brighter Monday. The performance at Fulham was solid, professional and richly deserving of those scrumptious 3 points we came away with. Up front, Giroud and Podolski got amongst the goals and it was really good to see the latter contribute 2 very well taken strikes.
With tomorrow’s qualifier against Fenerbahce nothing more than (hopefully) a formality, the next 7 days are crucial to how our season pans out. Spurs on Sunday is a huge fixture, and between now and kick-off time, we’d hope to see a few new additions to the squad. Arsene has stated there is a frenzy of activity behind the secnes. The rumours mill, if you choose to believe such a thing, has Arsenal linked to a plethora of intriguing characters – Mesut Ozil (please let that be true) being the latest name to be tossed around.
There have been some interesting qoutes from Arsene regarding how the media “brainwash” the fans regarding times of crisis. In the Mirror, he said:
The media in general has brainwashed a little bit the Emirates. Maybe rightly so, I don’t know, because we haven’t won trophies for years everything is negative.
But we have to live with that and focus on playing well football. People always want news. We live in a world which is very interesting but very excessive.
When people are not loyal, you are critical. When people are loyal, you say they have been there too long. It’s always excessive reaction. The people in charge need to keep their distance from that more than ever.
Someone told me I have had 956 games for Arsenal. I care about this club and when we had last week’s result I was deeply disappointed. This is not a personal trip. This is about doing things well for the club I love and I am happy we are back on track.”
I totally agree there is too much excess. Opinions of fans can violently switch between polar opposites on a weekly basis. One moment we can be buoyed by a superb result, the next all things are set to implode under the strain of fantastic amounts of rage and displeasure.
The same applies to us bloggers. Like the media, some of the more hit-savvy amongst us know that wild speculation and anger attracts clicks immeasurably more than attempts at being rational. I’ve noticed myself recently that my daily visitors can treble on the back of something bad happening.
And I agree when Arsene says a distance is needed. I credit you, the delicious reader, with coming here on a daily basis to read what is essentially just the opinion of one fan – silly ol’ me. I try not to be bombastic and overly positive, as I’m not that type of fellow. The same applies to uncontrollable bouts of rage. I’m an Arsenal fan, and a human being; I react accordingly.
The point is this (if there actually is one…): Sometimes it’s best to stay away from too much exposure to social media. There are some truly wonderful writers out there in the Goonersphere, folks who serve up witty, informative, well-thought stuff on a regular basis. However, the good can be overwhelmed by the truly f**king dreadful (*coughs* Caught Offside) – sites that want to twist and distort news to serve their own petty agendas. They know full well they can exploit the rabid hunger for something, anything in the way of an update.
Every so often, I’ll take a break from reading anything at all. Before I write a post, I make a point of steering clear of all the other blogs (I only read 3). Detachment from all the views and thoughts fizzing about in cyberspace is absolutely vital, in my opinion, if you want to remain your own voice.
Doing so enables me to feel confident what I write is mine, and mine alone. You may not agree with my opinions, and that’s perfectly fine with me. You may think I’m a curious dandy with a ridiculous haircut, and you’d probably be right. Those things do not matter. What I consider of paramount importance is that this blog be my thoughts, and not homogenous regurgitation of something you’ve read elsewhere becuase it will get attention.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this….
I guess it’s time to finish up. As I usually send you towards the comments with a question; who do you rate as the most important Arsenal bloggers? Don’t think of that question as me fishing for compliments, as I don’t consider myself to be important. I don’t have any of the insider knowledge or experience of others. My knowledge of the Board and Arsenal’s finances is pathetically limited. That’s a fact. I’m whimsical and foolish, and proud of it.
I ask merely because I’m intrigued to know the views of the folks who read here, and because I’d like to read more than 3 blogs from time to time. So… Let me know what you think.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.