Eris … a good article by Eniola Aluko. https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/oct/31/sorry-granit-xhaka-arsenal-fans
Unfortunately there are too many people who lack sensitivity and some who are downright sadists. There are the weak ones who follow the bandwagon. There are others who don’t know how to manage their pains and disappointments. I swear a lot during games but usually under my breath. Such curses are more liable to destroy than build. It’s one of the reasons why I hardly comment here during matches. I fear that some of my numerous curses might seep into the public domain.
We treat these players (public personalities) as if they are robots with no feelings. The truth is that they are as delicate as you and I. Their close ones (partners, children, parents etc) feel their pain and they in return feel the pain of their pain. I know that fans cannot but have opinions but we must endeavour to bring them out in the least hurtful of ways.
Our team is notorious for playing with the handbrakes. It’s no handbrake, it’s fear: fear of the unforgiving response of fans who are supposed to swim and sink with the players. The players should lift us the fans but when they can’t it is for us to try to lift them. In victory or in defeat we march home as one. It is disheartening that some of us have chosen the path of dichotomy. Would Jurgen Klopp have ever accepted to come to Arsenal? I doubt it. On sabbatical from football he chose Liverpool for his return because he knew that he and his team would never walk alone irrespective of the journey which by itself is the guarantee of the triumph of the journey. Class.
Unfortunately this very vocal minority of Arsenal fans have developed an ugly group ego, a pompous and selfish ego that must win every of their fancy fight whatever the cost. They must win even at the cost of the Arsenal FC going under. These are fans who are no longer there to support the team but to pander to their egos, their whims and caprices. Tragically their malaise is very contagious. Not many are able to escape being sucked into the vortex of mass hysteria.
The silent majority, the real fans, should have themselves to blame if this classless group is allowed to drive the culture of Arsenaldom. It’s time the real fans raise their voice against these scoundrels. Xhaka should send his apology to the real fans who silently sympathize with him but never to the ego maniacs. It is our fight that Xhaka has taken upon himself. He has just turned himself into my hero. Maybe his blood will wash away our sins. COYRRG!!!