As a big football fan, I understand the difference between supporting your team in hard times and sending out criticism. But recently there seems to be a much thinner line between criticising your team for a poor performance or dodgy result and abusing an individual.
Take Arsenal for instance. After 2004 and the 'Invincibles', fans were happy supporting such a successful team. Some, however, deemed anything less than unbeatable to be unacceptable. And I fully appreciate nine years without trophies to be a long time for a team such as Arsenal.
A few years ago they were close to winning something but fell under pressure, or whatever it was. Fans started slating not only the manager but started telling young and promising youngsters to leave the club. What kind of support is that?
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So after that, Arsenal get back on the winning streak. Two FA Cups and two Community Shields, the latter of which were won against teams they had a recent history of struggling against. So trophies are back and hopefully for the fans, more competitions will be won.
They have the team for it, so they should be soon. Still they call for a change in management, and maybe it's time for a change. Someone new and younger to take charge and give a new drive to the team. But I'm not the one making the call.
Take the latest defeat into account. 2-1 away to Dinamo Zagreb. Now granted, Zagreb went last season unbeaten in the Croatian league so they are on a long run and have high morale. But yes, you expect Arsenal to beat them. But why is it that Olivier Giroud is picked out to be at the end of a string of Twitter abuse? Yes, he was sent off, as harsh as it was. And no, he isn't in the best goalscoring form. But does that justify his teams fans to send streams of 'Get Out' comments?
I've watched Arsenal, and Giroud is a passionate player who knows when he makes a mistake or should have taken a chance better. You can see that in his reactions. Theo Walcott has now stated his intentions to play as a centre-forward, so maybe it is time for a change there. But is Wenger right in claiming there are 'a shortage of solutions' to bring in? The Fans aren't the ones scouting, or in charge of tactics.
Stop the abuse
I am not saying that the fans don't have the right to make their feelings heard. Of course they do. But I do not see any use in abusing your teams players, telling them to leave (for their good or the teams), or making social media groups calling for players to be sold.
Calling for a managerial change is the better way. Calling for signings is even better. Being a supporter means support through tough times. But is this a tough time for Arsenal? Look at the league table. Are Chelsea fans calling for Mourinho to be sacked?
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