Over the years Arsenal have attracted many fans but as with all teams, they also encountered their fair share of "enemies," for lack of a better word.
Here are the top 5 people Arsenal and their fans love to hate!
"Adebayor, Adebayor, give him the ball, and he will score" - A chant Arsenal fans used to sing of Adebayor.
A former Gunner himself, Adebayor went from fan favorite at Arsenal to one of the most disrespected players to have played for the club. Adebayor was seemingly always surrounded by controversy. After his 30 goal haul for Arsenal in 2008, he flirted with European giants Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan. The summer was filled with controversy about whether Adebayor was secretly attempting to push through a deal to a new club. Fans very much appreciated that
Adebayor was dreaming of that "lucrative contract" every footballer dreams of. Consequently after weeks of speculation and rumors, Arsenal finally gave in to the strikers demands, extending him to a new "long-term contract" (which turned out actually only be an extra year onto his previous deal). The new deal roughly doubled his wages to £80,000 per week. Frankly, thats highly overpaid for a player who had one good season in his career.
The following season saw Adebayor suffer various injuries, and depsite still managing 16 goals, and finishing only second to Robin van Persie, it was clear to Arsenal fans that his heart was no longer in the game or at Arsenal. Fans again become frustrated with him as the summer came and Arsenal finally decided enough was enough with the Togo International.
Eventually, after a series of talks, Arsenal sold Adebayor to Manchester City for a reported fee of £25 million, a fee much higher than his estimated market value, which trilled most fans, hoping it would result in more new faces (it didn't). It was an offer Arsenal couldn't refuse, even if it helped out a PL rival for the "Big Four."
Adebayor refused to admit he wanted to leave Arsenal, constantly
speaking of them for months after he was already sold. It was rare to see him make an interview and not mention Arsenal during so.
One of his most infamous moments came when he gave an interview after being sold to Man City, and still wore an Arsenal polo during the interview! I don't think Man City nor Arsenal fans appreciated it much.
The real point of controversy came when Arsenal played Man City with Adebayor for the first time since his transfer between the two clubs. The game was sparked with intensity between the two sides, with Adebayor a little to desperate to show exact what Arsenal have lost- which wasn't too much in the end.
Adebayor was involved in a number of less-than-spectacular takcles, and eventually even treaded his cleats on van Persie's face, leaving marks on his cheek where he had landed. Of course Adebayor denied such incident after the game, claiming he didn't see what happened, and would never do such a thing.
The worst part came as Adebayor scored off a header, and subsequently ran 90 yards in the opposite direction to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans, causing rioting in the crowd, and items to be thrown on the pitch. Arsenal went on to lose the game 4-2.
Adebayor eventually received a 3 match ban for violent conduct, and almost was given an extended ban for excessive celebration.
In the end Arsenal fans will forever have a bitter taste in the mouth when speaking of Adebayor. He had a poor attitude, and was constantly a problem in the dressing room for the team. He was somewhat a drama queen in the way he acted after his first game against Arsenal. Arsenal fans can only hope he stays at Man City this season, so can Arsenal get to more shots at him
After two full season with Almunia at the helm as Arsenal's No. 1 keeper. Arsenal fans would to go to far extremes to get Almunia out of the net at Arsenal. His lack of confidence in himself was ever present last season, and stuck out like a sore thumb.
His inability to deal with crosses and set pieces was large reason Arsenal missed out on silverware last season. Even at his best, Almunia still cannot perform for a club on the level of Arsenal. Take his game vs Barcelona. He made save after save after save in the first half, only to come running out at Ibrahimovic and let in a silly goal.
Weak nervous aren't his problem, weak wrists, and poor judgement are.
Many people will go looking for Almunia's head if he remains are Arsenal this season and still fails to perform.
Fabianski might have it worse than Almunia. Having played far less games than Almunia, Fabianski has been in the net for two of the worst keeping games anyone has ever witnessed last season.
Against Porto he parried a cross into this only goal (with no one else in the box), and picked up a back pass and watch as Porto played it quickly and scored on an empty net. Arsenal lost 2-1
Then against Wigan, Arsenal had a comfortable 2-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. Then after an easy goal by Ben Watson, Fabianski let Titus Bramble head the ball right out of his hands and into a keeper-less net. Wigan eventually won 3-2.
Fabianski has since been give the wonderful nicknames of: Flapianski, Flappyhandski or Flopianski (as well as some other ones that simply aren't appropriate to say to the public).
How Wenger has faith in either of these players few will ever know. And although Wenger is the manager at the club, I think it may just be time to have a chat with the keeper coach by now, eh? Seems like everyone of our keepers can't catch a ball.
Very few fans would be content with either of these two keepers starting in goal this upcoming season. Arsenal fans around the world should hope Wenger finds a replacement soon, or starting planning on ways either one of them could have a "tragic" accident.
Arsenal fans don't hate just Tottenham's fans- they hate anything associated with the club. From their awful jersey colors, to gapping holes in their squad, Arsenal fans will pick apart anything to do with Tottenham. It's your job as an Arsenal fan to despise Spurs and everything to do with them.
Nothing brings people together more than a little London rivalry! Tottenham and Arsenal go back years having some thrilling games in recent seasons, however before this past season, Arsenal had not lost to Tottenham in 11 years. As well, Arsenal have now made the Champions League a consecutive 13 years in a row now, showing their still is a gab in class between the to clubs, but not as much as their once was.
Jermain Defoe recently added fuel to this fire for the upcoming season by saying, "If we can get past the play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further than Arsenal in the Champions League."
Arsenal fans have a celebration day related to the North London rivalry. Arsenal fans celebrate St. Totteringham's Day, which is the day during the season when Tottenham cannot mathematically finish above Arsenal in the EPL.
Nothing feels better for a true Arsenal fan than a victory over Tottenham, and almost every fan has November 21st marked down for the first head to head meeting this campaign.
Most commonly, Arsenal fans become frustrated, and sometimes even laugh at how good Tottenham's fans think they. They often claim their squad is capable of surpassing Arsenals, and claim they have better a youth system, yet they rarely succeed in doing so.
However as of late, the North London Darby has produced some of the best games of the season and recent years, and is bound to heat up again this season as both teams fight to prove they are capable of winning the EPL title this season.
Didier Drogba is Arsenal's weakness. Not only does he play for one Arsenal's biggest, and hated rivals, but never has he played in a game against Arsenal and lost at his career at Chelsea. You name it, he's scored it against Arsenal- free kick, corner, header, long range effort, chip shot, toe poke, Drogba has found just about every to score against Arsenal- as was event last season when he scored three times in his two games.
His scoring record speaks for itself, netting 10 goals in 11 games against his London rivals, a result, any striker would be proud of. Arsenal defenders have not been able to cope with his combination of strength, height, and pace for 90 mins at a time. Drogba will turn 33 this season, and even at that age he still manages to frighten Arsenal's defense more than any other striker in the world (close call between him and Messi).
Arsenal fans hope that his age finally catches up to him, or Wenger finally reinforces the defense enough to hold up against top class strikers.
Until then however, Arsenal and its fans will be cursing Drogba's name every he hits the back of net against them this season.
A surprise candidate to top this list, I know, but after such a summer of immaturity and lack of class by Barcelona, the team as whole could be at the top. However in such a case, I find it much easier to pick out Xavi, one of the most out spoken of all his Spanish teammates in his "Campaign To Bring Fabregas Back Home." Every player on Barcelona believes Fabregas should come back home because he is "a footballer with Barcelona's DNA."
Arsenal have the unfortunate luck of Xavi (and half the Barcelona team) and Fabregas being Spanish International teammates. This meant for a month Xavi, amoung others talked up everything to love about Barcelona.
What once started started as a young man's dream to one day return to his home club, dramatically transformed into a vicious tug-of-war between Barcelona and Arsenal.
Xavi said earlier this summer that, "If we don’t manage to get his signature this season then Arsenal only really have him on loan for a year – because there is nothing they can do to stop him joining next summer."
True, eventually there is not stopping him from leaving, but right now he still has 5 years on his deal, and I think Arsenal won't mind making sure he lives up to at least a few more years of that deal.
Xavi also claimed, "Arsenal are wrong to have forced him to remain there, they can't just hold him against his will...maybe he'll come in January when Arsenal are out of the Premier League title race."
First off, Fabregas agreed to the long term deal he signed a few years ago and he must honor that deal. Just because a player is wanted by another club, or possibly wants to leave, does not mean the club is forced to sell. The contract goes both ways, both a player and club must honor the contract that was signed.
One of Xavi's most interesting comments of summer was not about Fabregas but Arsenal as a club, when he said, "Their team is just not competitive."
It's one thing to start talking up how great Barcelona is, and a completely different thing to insult Arsenal. Arsenal are a highly competitive club that always competes for honors each season. Sure, Arsenal haven't won a trophy in a while, but we also didn't spend an estimated £65 million on Ibrahimavic and roughly £35 million on David Villa. Barcelona have definitely bought some of their victories (though they still have a fantastic youth system). Oh yeah, that's probably why you can't pay your players and took out a £125 million loan.
And frankly at this point, Arsenal could keep him till he is 28, and then let him go to Barcelona. But if I were Wenger, after the way Barcelona treated this whole campaign by disrupting the player day in and day out using the media, I would sell Fabregas to Real Madrid when the time comes, just to piss Barcelona off. It's not like we do business with them very often, they usually want our players, not the other way around.