By Avenell Dave
In this uneventful week of pointless internationals, us Addicts have had plenty of time to get ready for the North London derby.
There was a time when whatever happened, winning bragging rights over your neighbours from the Seven Sisters Road was the highlight of the season and the matches have certainly not lost their resonance.
But it’s always meant a little bit more to the Spuds than to us, simply because we have had bigger fish to fry, bigger games to win and more trophies to enjoy.
Even though T*tt*nh*m have signed some mercurial players in the past, they always seem to do worse than us.
Perhaps my favourite memory from Highbury during the Wenger years was the last game at our old stadium when we came from behind to beat Wigan.
It was a special special day made all the better by the Spuds losing to West Ham and gifting us a Champions League spot.
But the best game I ever saw was at Sh*te H*rt L*ne when we came from behind to win in a replay of the Littlewoods Cup.
Clive Allen had scored, I think, before Rocky and Ian Allinson turned the game on its head and we went on to beat Liverpool, ending Liverpool’s run of never losing when Ian Rush scored. Happy days.
Of course, expectations under Arsene Wenger have risen incredibly.
We can blame it on his early success, the superb teams he has assembled or the price of tickets that now seem to warrant us winning trophies.
We all know things aren’t right at Arsenal.
The team is reliant on about 15 players, some of whom are injured far too much and we are loaded with expensively paid reserves who the club cannot shift.
Our defence is a shambles, our attack sometimes predictable and the shouting, screaming, bully-boy leadership required in the modern game and missing from our dressing room, I would say, since Tony Adams retired.
We have lost our heart and it’s nothing to do with the nationality of the players.
But playing in a derby – and this is Arsenal’s true derby – is what it means to play for The Arsenal and while defeat will provoke unthinkable talk of crisis in this, our worst start for years, victory could well be the fillip we need to push on and turn inconsistency into a run of form necessary to compete at the highest level.
I cannot believe that some “fans” I have seen on Twitter want to see Arsenal lose just to provoke the Board into making a managerial change.
Some fans back Wenger, others think his time is up. We all have and are entitled to our own opinions.
What is essential is that everyone gets behind the team tomorrow –and if we’re losing at half time (heaven forbid) whatever you do don’t boo unless it’s directed at the referee for making an unreasonable decision in the Spuds’ favour.
Being a supporter means just that – supporting the team through thick and thin and if you want us to lose ANY game, quite frankly, you’re not worthy of supporting our great club.
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