The 10 Commandments (of being an Arsenal fan in recent years)‏

By Jegbie

 1.     You shall have no other manager other than Arsene

 Arsene is here because he is the kind of a manager the board want and what the board want they get. He has many shortcomings but he ain’t going anywhere unless he wants to.


2.     You shall not make for yourself any idol nor bow down or worship it

Footballers are human, albeit highly paid ones. Sometimes they have poor games. Many did against Manure. We can bang on about Chelsea and Man U but we are not in the same league as them financially – even the Spuds consistently spend more than us in the transfer window. Buying quality players wins you trophies.and we haven’t done that which is why we have struggled.

3.     You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

It’s easy to criticise when things aren’t going well. It is harder to turn things around. Arsene’s done it before and he’ll do it again. Sunday would have hurt him more than any of us can understand. Remember, even though he is highly paid he is a well known workaholic and football obsessive. It ruined our day and week and it will have had his too.

4.     You shall remember and keep Arsenal holy

Don’t forget that you choose to support Arsenal, no-one forces you too. If you want out. Get out. Stand by your team. Have faith and remember that we don’t have a false messiah like The Glazers or Abramovitch. We are their poorer relations still dining at the top table of European football for the last 12 seasons.

5.     Respect your father and mother

In our parents day football fans were never this fickle. We are the victims of a mass media culture and as such we micro manage many elements of our football club that we have no power to influence and that we think we understand more than we do. Blogs ... news services have made us all experts at wrapping up stellar transfers while we sit at our desks doing our day jobs.

6.     You must not kill

Get some perspective. I wanted to smash my living room up on Sunday but that feeling, like most irrational feelings do eventually pass. Don’t let the anger turn you into an Arsenal basher. Remember it was Man U .... Champions and the biggest club in the world!!!!

7.     You must not commit adultery

Unlike John Terry, we can’t dive under another football clubs sheets when the chips are down. Stand by your team and know their virtues. Think of it as a blueprint for a successful marriage. You got to work at it and although some constructive criticism is often needed, there is a time and a place.

8.     You must not steal

Trophies need to be earned. Did anyone think we would seriously challenge for honours and the beginning of the season? Fact is we have been flattering to deceive this season and have been found wanting in big games. Most real fans new this would happen and expected it. Did you honestly think we can win anything with Almunia and no proper strikers! Get real!

9.     You must not give false evidence against your neighbour

Be honest with yourself and be honest about Arsenal. Understand more. Read “Arsenal . .the making of a modern superclub” and understand why things are the way they are. To understand where we are and where we are going you need to know where we have come from. Don’t pretend we are like Chelsea or ManUre.


10.    You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour

Take this verbatim. Envy will eat you up inside. Difference being here you can defect whenever you want to. But that would be the sign of a weak character.