Arsenal Truth, that’s me, will start writing again soon after the Newcastle game on 29 December 2013. By then I will have had 7 months off from being an Arsenal blogger.
The (cumulative) gnawing angst that was eating away at me up to the end of last season has faded; replaced by what I don’t know. A new perspective perhaps? We’ll see.
Many people have wanted to know if I still watch Arsenal and what I think about the current Arsenal. I have some theories, but they can wait until the end of this month when we will get a more rounded overview of the season so far.
Why am I writing again? Because deep down I am still passionate about Arsenal and, yes, I do like this Arsenal team. However, let’s get this straight; I will never respect Arsene Wenger. But I do respect the Arsenal players; I think it’s a good group.
When you don’t watch the team you support for 7 months, you realise how supporting a football club can become a habit. The emotional link has been partially broken, and I didn’t expect that. Maybe it’s because Wenger is still at the club and I want him to leave, but I still care enough to analyse and report – to keep my hand in.
I’ve been watching highlights of Arsenal all season, but only highlights. When I start writing again, it will be a big test for me, because when you dislike the manager of your own club, that aversion can taint everything you write.
Was I truthful the whole time I wrote about Arsenal since 2009? More truthful than the vast majority, but I became too militant. That does not mean that I believe what I wrote was wrong, but that I only told half the story. I focused too much on the negatives and ignored the positives – there were some positives but I started to develop an agenda. I see that now.
I have not read any Arsenal blogs in the last 7 months except ANR, and only occasionally. As far as I’m concerned there are NO honest blogs about Arsenal from Arsenal fans on the Internet. I want Arsenal Truth to be the place Arsenal fans can go to read the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Some will say that's all I ever offered, but there are two sides to every story. I still have to confront some of my own preconceptions and break them apart, as well as other people's.
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