I am a life long Arsenal fan, born and bred in London and moved to Sydney in 2010. Whilst experiencing withdrawal symptoms from not seeing Arsenal live I became a season member at Sydney FC. So i rotate my time between watching the premier league at all hours of the morning and going to the Sydney games in the Cove.
I am proud to have witnessed and been part of the Arsene Wenger era of not just Arsenal, but of football as we know it. Arsenal have currently been staggering their way through a large sum of debt due to our fantastic move to the Emirates stadium which guarantees future stability of the club.
If this site has taught me anything ......... it has made me realise just how many disillusioned global "fans" there are out there. The sheer quantity of "fans" that have absolutely no idea regarding the culture and heritage of the club and its rivalries is simply shocking.
The recent examples of idiocy, not just but commenters but by the so called journalists here, include : "wenger out, no trophies for 8 years", "buy Cavani and Falcao", spend "$100million on players", "sell Giroud" etc etc etc etc etc. The Cavani story in particular infuriates me. Im fairly confident that a majority of fans havent even seen the players we are linked with actually play but they are content with gambling $50+ million for spendings sake.
On the positive, isnt it fantastic that a site as simple as this, indirectly pays tribute for the love of the game on a global scale. Hopefully there are enough people that contribute with common sense to make the idiots realise they are idiots and educate them on the history of a club that they allegedly support.
Oh okay, sounds good. Well, here in England you still see the occasional flares but then you're in trouble! Mega Phones must get annoying surely?
Is the quality actually that bad? Is it like Championship level or League 1 or worse?!
That all sounds great, thanks mate :)
Are the crowds in Australia actually as good as you say? I'm going on holiday, and would like to know! Thanks.
Just hope one of the games tomorrow (Chelsea v. West Ham or Spuds v. Fulham) goes our way...or both?
Not bad today, huh?
Gonna watch the Australian game later, don't tell me what happened.
Sounds much better than having to wake up at 7 AM sometimes to see Arsenal...I'm not a morning person, and the fact that most of the games are on the weekend doesn't help at all. Still, winning is a good cure for a hangover.
And they're showing the Sydney game over here, to my surprise. Got it taping at 2 30 am haha. Gonna have to watch us against Swansea first, of course.
Hah, the times they show the A-league around here are borderline ridiculous, and I'm not sure I'll be functional enough to operate a TV at 4 A.M if all goes to plan tonight, being that its a Friday. I'll see about recording it though.
I need something to take the sting out of the Bayern game anyway haha.
Just responded, everything is good
Hahaa, so that's where Emilie is playing these days? I guess I did hear that at one point.
And yeah, maybe I'm being overly pessimistic about the US national team. I just don't see anyone with the potential that Dempsey and Donovan reached. Howard isn't exactly a spring chicken either.
Then again, there's more US players in the top leagues than ever before. Maybe things will look up.
And yeah, footballs good. The main thing that takes me away from it is the nonstop trading. A team from one season to the next is sometimes unrecognizable, which makes it hard for me to care personally about any of them.
I'm from the States actually, probably capital of plastic fans everywhere. Can't blame us though, since unless you're from one of the major cities, you don't even have a local team of your own to support. The sport is growing in popularity, slowly but surely. Still, with all of our best national players the wrong side of 30, I can see that trend reversing soon enough unfortunately.
And I definitely gathered that about Asian fans from watching Arsenal's few pre-season tours there. They take it seriously, that's for sure!
That sucks, but the game is clearly growing in Australia as well from what I can tell. And I've heard that about rugby and football in England.Reminds me of a saying my father used to tell me. "Rugby is a ruffian's game played by gentlemen, football is a gentlemen's game played by ruffians."
I've actually seen a few A-league games. It's one of about 4 leagues that they show on TV around here. The quality isn't there, but I have seen a few interesting games. One of them I saw is actually what you describe on your profile, Del Piero's first game since coming from Italy. What a player, even at his age.
And yeah, I'm hoping for another 5-2. It'll provide a nice symmetry to our results list.
It's not worth the energy trying to convince them. Just refute what they say so others won't be mislead by them.
And there are plenty of examples of what you bring up, with teams spending like wild to gain temporary success, only to fall harder than they ever were. An even more recent one would be Blackburn Rovers!
It's a strange thing, being a 'real' fan. I don't even have the connection of being born in the team's town as you do. When I first started watching, Arsenal were playing inspiring games with the likes of Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole (he is good, for how much I dislike him), and Thierry Henry. But if I simply like the team who plays the best at the time, why am I not a United fan now? I say I like Arsenal because they play the most entertaining football, and there is some truth to that with our slick passing game, but then why am I more angered than impressed when our rivals start playing beautifully? Questions that can't really be answered, of course, but I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who will stick with Arsenal no matter where we go.