The Stay Away Fans attempts to Derail Arsenal Failed – They think they act in the Club’s Best Interests but they do not!

Arsenal Circular 173

Stay Aways Damage?



We are on a roll, we are securing clean sheets and we are playing with confidence.

Don’t lets re-write history as were convincingly beaten by THFC and we need to remember why.

We were early into the new three at the back formation when we went to WHL – it takes time to bed down a new system – confidence only comes from achieving in matches and the THFC game came too early for us.

There was another reason – THFC were good. We cannot pretend otherwise. They are playing well and improving. We lost 2-0 – we know it could have been 4-0.

Is that a moan – a pop at Wenger – a reason for him to leave? No. Wenger made the change. He has restored confidence. The team are playing with their heads up. We are finishing on a high with good reason to look forward to next season and I look forward to us taking on THFC.


Why no Back 3 earlier?


Success comes from doing not talking. It is about confidence. If the skill is there and the mental determination then the results will flow.

The valid question to ask of Wenger is why he did not make the change earlier.

I do not raise the question to bash him over the head but to enquire why if CFC could make the change when losing to us 0-3 were we not able to make the change when we were conceding goals. I guess the answer is that AFC and CFC shows you do make changes. Maybe we did not do it earlier because we were doing well. You only make a significant change mid-season when you have to. Chelsea did on the back of bad results. AFC did the same.

Roll on next season


Now a different topic and more controversial.

We want CL football next season and the only way to achieve that goal is to keep winning.

We needed to win last night and we did but it was no soft touch – Sunderland, like Newcastle v THFC last season, played with more freedom because they were relegated. It was all over for them. The result did not matter. The tension was less. They could give it a go. In addition, of course their keeper played well.

That is not my point – last night the best iterests of AFC needed every fan cheering for AFC. They needed to be there – shouting, singing, chanting, supporting.

Why? – Because the team like the support – they play better – they are spurred to achieve.


Image result for arsenal empty seats last night


Last night there were many empty seats so did the stay-aways help or hinder AFC last night?

Only one answer – they hindered AFC and the players and made it more difficult for the team on the pitch.

We won and the players dug deep to play to the hilt – great character, great motivation.

Nevertheless, the stay-aways?

They cannot escape – they decided to damage AFC by not being there.

They thought they were being clever. They weren’t.

They were making it harder for our team to play well, to win, and to get the crucial three points.

Their actions were against the best interests of the Club

Should they be at Wembley?




Graham Perry


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18 Responses to The Stay Away Fans attempts to Derail Arsenal Failed – They think they act in the Club’s Best Interests but they do not!

  1. bergkampisgod May 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    SO “we are finishing like a train Wenger has changed it all looks good for next year, just one or two world class signings and we will be challenging”

    The question I have is this
    what year was the above said

    All of the above

  2. Jimmy Balantyne May 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Well said.

  3. Jay May 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    when fans March before games that’s bad as players hear about it and causes tension When banners are held up during games it shows a lack of respect to the players. When fans boo the team it’s not supporting or helping them to get better. So when fans finally say “Sod it” an stay at home they are also to blame?

    It’s the job of the players to perform,whether it’s in front of 10 fans or 100,000 fans, I accept home advantage helps. But surely Arsenal must realize that the better the performances the more fans will want to come and cheer.

    I recall the CL games v United had possibly the best atmosphere a d passion from the team at Emirates I have seen. That no no impact on the team who once again perform that night.

    What are fans to do to express their distane for what is happening if even not going is now seen as not being a good fan

  4. Me May 17, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    We are on a roll,we are securing clean sheets and we are playing with confidence.
    Its very easy when there is no pressure. Players can relax and play.
    Trouble is the season was over when this fantastic sequence of wins took place.
    But then again, this is repeated year after year with Arsenal and Wenger.
    This season has been terrible – pointless wins again Stoke, United and Sunderland have no meaning..
    The sooner people wake up and realise Wenger is finished the better..

  5. Mystery May 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    These wins are against teams on holiday mid table and have nothing to play or already relegated. This is no way a sign of good things to come next season. When teams are up for it we will struggle again. Wenger is finished just accept it. He’s incredible bias and arrogance means we will next never sign a cf cause he’s protecting Girouds career

  6. essex road gooner May 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    This article is a farce. How can you blame the fans who want change and are not just sitting on there red rums and actually letting this club rot. If you can’t see the need for change are you really a Arsenal supporter or an Arsene supporter?? This season has been a shambles and there is no other way of looking at it. Wake up.

    • Otis Ruddock May 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      I totally agree 100%

    • Alma May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      I totally agree. Ridiculous article. Basically he would have fans never express their discontent because it might hurt the poor manager’s/players’/club’s/board’s feelings. That attitude right there is why nothing has changed at arsenal for over a decade.

      • Arty May 18, 2017 at 11:14 am #

        It’s not about you lot expressing your opinion…god, when do you EVER stop doing that! It’s about your behaviour at matches, it stinks, it undermines the team and the club and it’s destructive. There are better ways of letting the club know your opinion other than demoralising and undermining the team on the pitch.

        And don’t be rediculous, you’re dealing with human beings not automatons, of course it’s about how the players feel, what the hell do you think morale and confidence is based on!!! The Emirates should be a fortress like Anfield, which makes the players feel empowered and the opposition fearful, instead it’s the opposite, other teams love playing at the Emirates because they know the effect you lot have on the team.

        And regarding your statement “nothing has changed at Arsenal for over a decade”. What planet are you on. I think that statement aptly shows what’s wrong with you and your clique. You’re blinded to our success by your own ingrained negativity. We have some of the best players in the premiership in our team, we came 2nd in the premiership last season, we’ve won 2 back to back FA Cups (major trophies by the way) in the last 3 years and we’re in a 3rd final in 4 years. Try and be supportive in the final if you can, I know you can’t help yourselves, but please turn up and don’t boo and we might just beat Chelsea and if we do try celebrating it instead of resenting it. It might make you a much happier fan.

        • Alma May 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

          I do empathise with the points you make, I just don’t buy it and I still believe that letting your feet do the talking is the best way to show displeasure not letters that will never get read. I have to say that it’s reading comments like yours that makes me realise that we will never agree on this issue. You see things completely differently than I see them. It’s simply that what you see as positives I see as a little plasters on a gaping wounds. There really is nothing that you can say that will bring me round to your way of thinking. Where I see blue, you see red. There’s no middle ground.

          • Arty May 19, 2017 at 10:57 am #

            Thank you for your thoughtful comment, I don’t agree with you though on the “gaping wounds” bit. The only wounds I see are those inflicted by our own fans.

  7. Arty May 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Great article…many thanks.

    If you call yourself a supporter you support through thick and thin and especially thin. You don’t take every opportunity you can to beat up on the players and manager, that’s disgraceful and so called fans that do that are a disgrace to the club and saboteurs.

    As for all the “fans” who stayed away last night, GOOD I hope you stay away permanently, hand back your season tickets and buy no more tickets for games, good riddence to you. The best part about that would be that it would free up season tickets and match day tickets for others, real fans who want to see their team play. There’s a waiting list for tickets in case you don’t know.

    We could maybe start a movement around that, SABOTEURS OUT and ban you all from buying tickets totally.

    • AY May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      Sure.. this is the way go about criticizing others. Very constructive. Way to go “Arty”.

      We’ll see how ambitious the club would be in the future if any expression of disdain for mediocrity is met with bans

      • Arty May 18, 2017 at 11:17 am #

        …”Sure.. this is the way go about criticizing others. Very constructive. Way to go “Arty”…

        Yeah right, hypocrite…you and your fellow toxic brigades constant criticism, booing, complaining and staying away from matches is really uncritical and constructive!!!

        About time you lot took some criticism on board, your behaviour, not opinion, at matches is disgraceful, it’s toxic, destructive and a betrayal of the team and club.

    • Jay May 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

      It truely frustrates me that Fans can not have a sensible civilized debate cause people like Arty always come out of the woodwork.

      I as a football fan and sensible human being try to respect people’s opinions, clearly Arty does not.

      I raised a question that has yet to be answered ” what is an exceptable way to show distain with what is hapoening at the club”?

      If i were the board i would worried, most of those seats last night were sold and people still could not face turning up.

      • Arty May 18, 2017 at 11:28 am #

        Wrong mate…I respect other peoples opinions but sometimes just don’t agree with them or their behaviour.

        And thanks for pointing out how sensible and respectful you are and how much I’m not, don’t start trying to make this personal.

        One way that would be acceptable for you to show your distain would be to write to the club sensibly and with respect and you might just get a sensible and respectful reply.

  8. Peter Ripper May 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    One of the best ways for fans to show their disappoval is to stay away from games.
    I was in London the past few days, and on 4 separate occasions I spoke with fans who have had season tickets for years and years, and all said if Wenger stays, they will be giving up their season tickets, as they see only decline and mediocrity.

    Graham ;do you really truely believe the next two years with Wenger will be better than the period since 2004.
    Wenger his tactics, with zero pressing, are so out of date, he is yesterday’s man, who should have retired on a ” high ” after we scraped thru in extra time in the Cup final against Hull

  9. Arty May 18, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    I agree with you, as long as you lose your rights to season tickets so others can get to the games.

    I refer you to my first comment. “As for all the “fans” who stayed away last night, GOOD I hope you stay away permanently, hand back your season tickets and buy no more tickets for games, good riddence to you. The best part about that would be that it would free up season tickets and match day tickets for others, real fans who want to see their team play. There’s a waiting list for tickets in case you don’t know”.

    So, Your an expert on tactics, pressing and sports science. Wow…you must be managing a great club, who is it by the way? Or are you simply repeating a nonsense statement, parrot fashion, that was made by a foreign coach a couple of years ago and not based on any facts, stats or evidence. I don’t know what games you’re watching but there not the ones I am.

    And again another comment aptly demonstrating the inability to celebrate our success’ in the FA Cup through ingrained negativity. Try celebrating man.

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