You call yourself an Arsenal supporter.
You love the club, you’re proud of our history and achievements. You’re desperate for the current team to achieve its potential.
But is there anything you could say or do as a Gooner that would be beyond the pale? Anything that would just be plain wrong coming from an Arsenal fan?
I have to thank GoonerB for the inspiration for this Post. His excellent idea of asking whether it was time for Arsenal supporters to rethink their antagonistic attitude towards Ashley Cole (a former Invincible, after all) prompted a lively discussion.
Some readers were minded to forgive and forget; others would not be budged from the view that Cashley is a wrong ‘un and would never be welcome back at The Arsenal (among the many eloquently argued points I couldn’t help but smile at Bernard’s short but emphatic: “Ten men went to bed, went to bed with Cashley, ten men and his mobile phone, went to bed with Cashley. I rest my case.”).
The discussion set me to thinking about whether there are certain opinions that no self-respecting Arsenal fan should hold or actions they should do.
I reckon 10 years ago, when we were still in the doldrums of the new stadium austerity and Cashley was winning trophies for fun at Chelsea, it would have been almost unsayable for an Arsenal fan to express admiration for our former Number 3.
With the passage of time it seems views have mellowed somewhat. But what are the other taboos for a Gooner?
I’d love your ideas in the comments, but here’s a list of potential no-nos for starters: would any of them be a step too far?
Is it acceptable for an Arsenal fan to say any of the following?:
“You know, I really quite like watching this Spurs team.”
“Manchester United have been the best team of the Premier League era.”
“I really miss the mint-coloured away kit.”
“People are being very harsh about Harry Kane. I don’t think it was a dive.”
“I hope we lose because…” (insert cockamamie reason here, eg:“…it will help us get rid of the manager”).
“In fairness, Mike Dean is a really good ref.”
“Roy Keane was better than Patrick Vieira.”
“We should get rid of Emery and appoint Mourinho – he’s a proven winner.”
Is it acceptable for an Arsenal fan to do any of the following?:
Go to Totteringham home games and sort-of support the Totts when Arsenal are playing away.
Boo one of our own players during a game.
Leave more than five minutes before the end of a game (except in the case of an emergency).
Miss an Arsenal cup final because you’ve been invited to a wedding (including your own).
Sit down during “stand up if you hate Totnum.”
Withdraw your support because you don’t like the manager/team selections/results.
Wear an Arsenal shirt with “van Persie” on the back.
Feel you’d rather England win the World Cup than Arsenal win the league.