But if you offend and insult your own captain, bring restlessness and bad mood into the team you actually support – that makes no sense to me and weakens the cohesion。” –Granit Xhaka

While Granit Xhaka’s explosion at the Emirates crowd during the recent draw with Crystal Palace represented an immediate emotional action, it seems fair enough to say that it’s not one he overly regrets.

He may regret the action, but certainly not the sentiment behind it. I don’t want to relitigate the incident because we are all very, very tired of it. Other than to say that I think Xhaka was unfortunate to become such a lightning rod for supporter frustration, even if I think his role in the team ought to have been reduced.

也是真的,他做了一个积极的选择ur oil on a pretty small flame, but like I said, I don’t want to relitigate the incident. However, Arsenal unwittingly rekindled the Arsenal atmosphere debate with some clumsy back channel briefing to the very well connected David Ornstein. The word ‘noise’ was used in a rather dismissive manner, which caused offence to many fans.


It is more likely that it was aimed at the media, punditocracy and football’s chattering classes. Maybe the use of the word ‘external’ was deliberately included so as not to implicate supporters inside the stadium, who are responsible for a more internal atmosphere. We can only speculate, but one thing is for sure, it was a messy briefing.

但是,它重新点燃了辩论在风扇的作用。难道我们作为支持者,有一个obligation提供一个积极的气氛? Well, the obvious answer is no. Fans are not obliged to do anything other than honour the terms and conditions of their tickets. That means they don’t have the right to scream abuse either- though common human decency should suffice to tell us that.


Being a supporter doesn’t always mean being a cheerleader. To take an extreme example, Blackpool fans made the ultimate sacrifice recently by boycotting games altogether for a higher purpose, as they successfully ousted an especially undesirable owner. Arsenal’s botched 6.5% season ticket rise from 2011 was never again repeated due to the vociferousness of fan reaction.


Now, I understand how, for Granit Xhaka, who has been targeted with vile social media abuse, that can become amorphous with a pocket of supporters ironically cheering his substitution. That’s how stress works, it is an accumulation of factors and the person we finally lose our temper with usually wields the straw that broke the camel’s back.

There is, however, a ridiculous contention that Arsenal fans are somehow uniquely grumpy. Those that take objection to acts of dissent in the stadium will often lament that Arsenal are ‘the worst fans in the world’ which is nonsense.Ken Early wrote an excellent piece recentlyon why Londoners make for an especially uneffusive audience.

The same is true at Stamford Bridge, where Rafa Benitez felt the force of fan sentiment during his interim spell in charge, as did Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa- aka ‘the 3 rats“ - 穆里尼奥的主管通常毒法术的一个过程。上赛季,切尔西球迷一再嘲笑约尔金霍和在主场比赛期间高喊“他妈的Sarri球”。


皇马的支持者都如此苛刻,他们已经有针对性的克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多和Gareth罢了。我已经按照南美足球足够长的时间看丑态真正的球迷的不满可以采取。这是一个世界的距离阿联酋的低级别的抱怨。同样,许多歌迷让年轻一代和他们的权利意识,这是下贱的废话考虑阿森纳的季票持有人的平均年龄钉扎异议行为的错误是48.有没有年轻人在球场,因为他们可以’t afford to be there.

In any case, booing is nothing new. In Jon Spurling’s book ‘Highbury- The Story of Arsenal in N5’乔恩说球员和球迷们从早谁在海布里报告不高兴的氛围上世纪30年代,即使是在俱乐部的黄金时期。从1952-53赛季球员回忆说,球队开始用负能量由内海布里作为他们的一个推动因素。这一个赛季,他们夺得联赛冠军。

But the question is,shouldsupporters express negativity? I think it’s well accepted that a negative atmosphere is detrimental to the players- or at least, it certainly doesn’t help, even if athletes are paid such huge sums due to their superhuman capacity to manage stress and perform under severe scrutiny.

Personally, I just cannot bring myself to boo or barrack an Arsenal player. It’s not in me. I rarely boo opposition players, even the likes of Adebayor and Ashley Cole didn’t move me to react. Expressing negativity doesn’t make me feel good, it just produces more negativity. I just plain don’t like it, it makes me feel bad and it makes me feel bad when the stadium turns sour.

Of course, it is not for me to tell others to feel the same and that’s why the issue of fan behaviour is such a divisive one. We all have different red lines. I used to be absolutely militantly anti-booing of Arsenal players. (Strangely I was less concerned with the human aspect of barracking referees, who are paid far less than top level athletes to deal with that sort of stress).

My opinion on it changed a little when Emmanuel Adebayor strolled his way through the 2009 Champions League semi-final at Old Trafford. When he was substituted he was met with a volley of boos from the away enclosure. I didn’t join in, but for the first time, I didn’t clack my tongue in irritation at those around me. I thought he fully deserved it.

Yet we all feel the energy drain from our bodies when we are seated next to the moaner in the stadium, who uses any and every opportunity to complain volubly. Negativity makes for a draining environment. Few of us are guiltless in this respect, we all become frustrated and tut and moan and yell. But a moment of release seems distinct, to me, from an endless stream of pissing and moaning for the sake of it.

Ultimately, this is all totally unresolvable, because it’s subjective. We all have different opinions of players, managers and owners and we all reach the end of our tether with those parties at different times, producing varying levels of frustration. Personally, I don’t like the heckling of Arsenal players by Arsenal fans other than in unique scenarios.

But how else do fans express their frustrations? Football is one of the few spectator events where you spend large amounts of money and then forfeit your right to express dissatisfaction with the ‘product’ that you have paid for. I also think the power of dissent is losing its value at the Emirates because it is expressed too readily and, frankly, too frivolously. It’s just part of ‘the noise.’ That’s just my opinion, however, I don’t have the right to enforce it and that’s why it’s an irresolvable debate.

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