Cruelty or mercy?
During J.K. Rowling’s recent BBC TV adaptation of her book Strike: A Cuckoo’s Calling, there was a line that sums up many an Arsenal fan’s plight right now. As the one legged Private Detective Cormoran Strike drunkenly lamented a story to his secretary about how he lost his leg at war in Afghanistan, he also tells of a child who stood over him, just after the explosion, with a gun.
“Cruelty or mercy?” Strike says.
“Hmm?” His secretary replied.
Strike says, “A kid with a gun, he could have shot me after the explosion, but he looked at my leg and just…winked…”
The secretary says, “Maybe a bit of both?”
“Maybe so…” Strike concludes.
Indeed “Maybe so…” seems to be the common response of supporting Arsenal these days, as the fan base endures a Hobsons’ choice of supporting a football club that beguiles and betrays in equal measure. It feels almost cruel watching Arsenal right now, an Arsenal being run with such incompetence and arrogance, it feels almost merciful to ones self to give way to apathy or ambivalence.
There are so many problems at Arsenal, that slating players for lack of the correct body language is ove-simplifying things by far. That said – a bit of teamwork and effort wouldn’t go amiss on a rainy cold night, as fans come to see you.
Firstly you have a notoriously anonymous owner who only owns sports teams for the profits, then you have a legendary manager besmirching his legacy on a weekly basis, not to mention myriads of fans extravagantly slagging off their team merely, it seems, to gain notoriety or status. Following this weekend we now have infighting between the current players and ex-pro’s who have differing ideas about what it means to be a loyal, dignified ex-player.
Oh! …did I mention Arsenal have only 3 points from a possible 9?
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The response has been quite different from last year; last year many fans saw hope due to Arsene Wenger’s contract running out in the summer, it seemed like a ray of light for change. Could Arsenal replace Wenger with a new manager, possibly Thomas Tuchel? Sadly no – following the FA cup win, Wenger relented and renewed his contract with the support of owner, Enos Stan Kroenke.
With all this said, there seems no hope for change now at Arsenal, so many seem to have accepted their fate and are just supporting Arsenal for the sake of loyalty in place of hopes of success or even effort from the team to repay such loyalt in
Is this mercy to ones self? Or Cruelty? Time will tell by the end of the season if it’s even insanity.
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.