There have been a lot of abusive comments between different factions of readers on here lately, and one of them has been about how many Arsenal fans actually want Arsene Wenger to leave the club. As our very peaceful reader Jon fox put it… “In fact, and I deal in facts, fan polls tell us that 88% want Wenger out. That does not even equate to 15% let alone your 40% wanting him to stay. Just google Arsenal fan polls if you disagree.”
Well let’s NOT Google ‘Arsenal fan polls’ as opinions change over time, so let us have a reflection of what us Gooners think right now, without any games to distract us, and see if we can get a FACTUAL figure on the actual percentage of JustArsenal readers who agree or disagree with Jon. My site will only allow one vote per person…
But before that I have another issue to take up with Mr Fox, who doesn’t think I should delete comments that are personally abusive. He told me: “You are acting like a dictator trying to restrict free speech. Your own thoughts on Wenger are well known on here and in the tiny minority. I reserve the right to write freely but do not and never will abuse. You have a distinctly odd definition of abuse.”
I think Mr Fox has an odd definition of abuse, and he also thinks it is an insult for anyone to disagree with him and he thinks I am Wenger supporter, which to him is tantamount to being the devil. So even if Mr Fox thinks he knows my own thoughts, for everyone’s information I will give you my personal opinions (and remember it is an opinion, not a religion!)
Let me begin with my philosophy when I started this website many years ago. I believe that ALL Arsenal fans should be allowed to express their views and I provide this platform to allow their opinions to be discussed by Gooners all over the world. And I mean DISCUSS, not a platfom to abuse anyone who doesn’t agree with your personal opinion. I rarely delete comments and then only because I feel they are extra abusive and totally out of context to the discussion. Hell, enough of you say some very nasty things about ME just for publishing a view they disagree with!
Secondly the readers need to understand that, although I, Pat J and a few others are the regular contributors and publish the articles, I would hazard a guess that nearly half of the articles published are written and sent in to me, by YOU, the readers themselves, and I always provide the names or initials of the writer. I publish EVERY story sent to me if they have a point to make (whether I agree or not) unless they are grammatically unbearable (I am a stickler for spelling and grammar I’m afraid). There are many contributors (like Konstantin and Darren J) who are extremely anti-Wenger and I have been publishing their articles for years, just as much, if not more, than Wenger supporters like Sam P and others. So not ALL the articles are NOT written by me or anything to do with my opinion, however you perceive it.
One particlar pet hate of mine is when I write a post (i.e. Which players should leave Arsenal in the summer) and a lot of the responses say “Wenger must go first” and try and start an argument. I even put a line in the post saying this is not about wenger but the PLAYERS, but still got similar WengerOut responses. Please remember not EVERY post is for Wenger discussion and arguments about Arsene, so please respect the poster and talk about the topic..
I am NOT an AKB or an AOB, I just want whatever is best for Arsenal IN MY OPINION, and my opinion now (which may change in the future) is that it is not good for the club to sack Wenger (or any manager) in the middle of any season, and any decision should only be made when our season is well and truly over. I do believe we need change to stop the rot (and I think the club is doing that) but I don’t think that Wenger deserves a lot of the vitriol that people call him, because whether you like it or not he HAS done great things for the club and deserves respect for that at least. That doesn’t mean that I won’t listen to other peoples objections and call them idiots!
I was a regular at Highbury from the days of Frankie McLintock, Charlie George, Johnny Radford et al, so I have seen many managers come and go, but that doesn’t affect my loyalty to Arsenal. I have changed girlfriends and lovers many many times over the years, but for me it is impossible to switch allegiance to another club, no matter how badly Arsenal are performing, so we just have to deal with what we have in front of us. I truly abhor when people attack other ARSENAL SUPPORTERS for having a different opinion and say “go and support another team” or other such rubbish.
There have been various opinion polls at different times recently about Wenger, with varying results but it is a fact that a majority of my commenters (You lot!) are usually Anti-Wenger, and that is why I sometimes go out of my way to represent the silent (insert percentage here) at times. I DO NOT want JustArsenal to be off-limits to (insert percentage here) of the Arsenal fanbase just because they get subjected to abuse and driven away from expressing their opinion.
So Let’s do this poll….