By Walter Broeckx and Tony Attwood
We don’t mind free speech. In fact we are great admirers and defenders of free speech. We’re all in favour of anyone who can come up with an argument about some things.
What we are against is people who think that arguments by their very nature contain abusive language. What we are against is people who think that insulting players and the manager is an argument.
So for all those who don’t understand the message completely we have taken something we saw on twitter.
And if you can understand it remember that this is what we will use as our guidelines to allow your comments. So if you want to say something bad about a player or the manager make sure you show respect and construct and argument preferably with some evidence. If you cannot do this we will not show respect for your opinion.
We accept we all can be down after a defeat. We can accept real supporters being really down after losing the NLD.
But we cannot accept the total lack of respect shown by some people who claim to be supporters of Arsenal.
And if you don’t like it, fine, because there are many other sites that can be used for negative comments combined with abuse. But on this site we will always show respect for the players and for the most successful manager this club has ever had. We still honour Herbert Chapman – indeed Untold was directly responsible for having a statue of Herbert Chapman at the end of the South Bridge.
Well for those who can look further than our last game I can tell you that if you have the luck to still be alive in some 40-50 years you will see that the name of Wenger will be honoured in the same way as the name of Herbert Chapman is honoured. (If you are a denier of Wenger’s success just have a look at the analysis of Arsenal, manager by manager, on the Arsenal History Society site).
If you still can’t see what we are arguing, you do need to look further than the last could of years. Hell you could really try to understand what he has been fighting against all those years. A fight he didn’t have to make. He could have walked out years ago. He could have walked away when he knew the restrictions he had to face when the club was building the Emirates. He didn’t desert us at that moment in time. He deserves our respect.
He could have walked out and gone to Real Madrid and spent all the money they get from various sources that are never quite clear. He didn’t do that and he stayed and kept us near the top with no money available and with a bunch of young boys. Fighting against all the money in the world. For doing so, he deserves our respect.
And if all those things don’t matter for you, that is fine, we cannot demand that you can look further than your own nose. We cannot demand that you can look at the full picture and how the football landscape has changed since the Russian entered the playing field with his money. You think it is Untold, and those who support the position put here, who are short-sighted or blind. We think the reverse, and put forward the evidence to suggest why.
And if you stopped believing in Wenger, fine. Nobody can force you to believe in him. But if you think that gives you an ultimate right to disrupt debate here by insulting him, then you have to do it somewhere else because this blog was set up to discuss matters openly, in a non-abusive manner.
And if you want to repeat the media propaganda about 8 years without a trophy you should remember that without Wenger we might have been looking at 16 years without a trophy – or indeed following the history of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Manchester United, with occasional visits to the second division (or in the case of Manchester City, the third division). And we wouldn’t have an unbeaten season to remember.
The only reason we had success in the last 16 years is Wenger. For that he deserves our respect. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Our view, for what it is worth, is that the only way to overcome the negative, is by thinking positive.
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- The Arsenal History Blog from the AISA Arsenal History Society
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