Arsenal FC: The Top 5 Tweets of the Season
It really is a wonderful resource, this Twitter thing-a-ma-jig.
It introduces you to a bevy of people who share your interests (in this particular case, Arsenal Football Club) and are more than willing to discuss everything under the sun in regards to it.
There are the players (@JackWilshere, @Frimpong26AFC, @Afobe, @Alex_OxChambo, @Persie_Official) who are well worth a follow—the youngsters in particular.
Their banter is absolutely hilarious, and their willingness to defend their club from detractors at the drop of a hat is spiriting, to say the least.
All put together—pundits, players, and the like—you get a wonderfully more in-depth view that far exceeds simply watching games on the tele.
Here's five of the best tweets of the season, not in any order.
Aug. 23, 2011: Emmanuel Frimpong @Frimpong26AFC
It was the tweet that launched a thousand—erm, more tweets.
Many Arsenal fans knew Emmanuel Frimpong as a talented, up-and-coming youngster before the current season.
We had no idea how funny he was.
Then, with a couple calculated taps on his Blackberry, Frimpong launched himself into Arsenal lore with this wonderful dig at M. Nasri, who had just packed his bags for Manchester City.
Jack Wilshere's sentiment was gracious; Frimpong's two cents on that graciousness were priceless.
Nov. 23, 2011: Henry Winter @henrywinter
If you're looking for measured, well-written observations on the world of football, look no further than Henry Winter, who's a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
Observant as ever, Winter noted two excellent signs hanging at the Emirates against Borussia Dortmund while in attendance for that Champions League match. (The Bergkamp one gets my vote.)
Here's what he tweeted about it.
Dec. 31, 2011: Matt Law @MattLawExpress
Arsene Wenger rarely gets enough credit for his wit. Which is immense.
Though he often comes across as stubborn and recalcitrant in press conferences, if you listen closely and do a little digging, you come across a man who is genuinely funny.
Matt Law, a writer for the Daily Express, got a first-hand look at that sense of humor after Arsenal's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on New Year's Eve.
Never one to miss a chance at repartee, Wenger left his final press conference for 2011 with a one-line zinger well worthy of Saturday Night Live.
Feb. 20, 2012: Arsenal Gentleman @ArsenalGent
If you have a Twitter account and don't follow @ArsenalGent, then you haven't really lived.
Like any great comedian, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about this (I presume to be) man's wit.
Yet like any great comedian, he never fails to send you into side-clutching, near-agonizing peals of laughter with his numerous observations on any and all things having to do with the world of Arsenal football.
A master of the retweet, ArsenalGent hand-selects the cream of the vitriolic crop of tweets from opposing fans after matches. The palpable hatred is almost funny, and it becomes hilarious when coupled with ArsenalGent's well-timed responses.
March 6, 2012: Tom Adams @tomEurosport
Another pundit well worth a follow, Tom Adams is a self-professed Gooner and a welcome companion to any Arsenal match you're watching.
His observation of Tomas Rosicky slumping to the Emirates pitch in sheer exhaustion after coming up just short against Milan in the return leg of the Champions League Round of 16 is one of my favorite memories of this Arsenal season.
What better way to encapsulate how much Rosicky cares about this club, and how much he wants to help deliver Arsenal to the land of silverware after so many sickening bouts with debilitating injury.
The Czech is right up there with Robin van Persie and Alex Song as one of my Gunners of the season.