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Apr202016

75th minute walk out at Arsenal tomorrow night

Surprisingly, considering how infrequently I post, Arsenal Truth still gets thousands of visitors every week. That’s why I’m putting it out there that there is a stadium protest at tomorrow night’s game at the Emirates against West Brom.

With that in mind, I would urge all supporters who give a damn about the club to either not go to the match at all or, if they do, get up and leave on 75 minutes.

On its own, the difference this ‘protest’ will make is probably negligible, but it attracts publicity and helps promote a culture of negativity, reinforcing the supporters’ desire for change. Small things add up to big things, inaction does nothing.

Wenger is vowing to at least see out the last year of his contract; it is therefore incumbent on the supporters to make his position as uncomfortable as possible between now and the end of the season in the slim hope of invoking change.

I watched Leicester draw 2-2 with West Ham at the weekend, and saw signs that the pressure is seriously beginning to tell on the PL leaders. Despite being five points ahead of Spurs, if Leicester lose their nerve and start to succumb to the pressure by defending as recklessly as they did at the weekend, a collapse is on the cards.

Both West Ham goals were given to them on a plate due to Wes Morgan’s unnecessary foul in the box and the resulting effect of that penalty decision. Leicester were lucky to equalise when Andy Carroll’s shoulder nudge resulted in a soft last-minute penalty for the home side.

In my opinion, losing Jamie Vardy for the home game against Swansea on Sunday won’t make much difference. Swansea will probably sit deep, so there won’t be much room for Vardy’s incisive runs in behind. But the home side need to win this match to calm the nerves; this game could be the key to Leicester winning the title in that respect - even a draw would make them vulnerable as Spurs have an easy home game against West Brom the day after and a far superior goal difference.

Neither side have an easy  final three games, but you feel Spurs are better-equipped to make up a three point gap than Leicester are to extend their lead should they falter.

Liverpool play Everton tonight; something to watch while I'm on the treadmill at the gym.

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I'd prefer taking up my seat after 15 minutes of the match. The thought of Wenger and his team emerging from the tunnel to half empty stands would be great. The players would notice as well, whereas during the game their focus will be/should be on the game.

However, I'm up for it if lots of us agree to leave at the 75 minute mark. The press (who I think give Wenger an easy time) would be bound to highlight the walkout. If we continue to do it at subsequent matches, old Stanley Enos might be forced to think of something other than his bank balance.

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AT

Even if no one is walking out, still walk out. If you care, you play your part and hope others follow.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

I feel mobilising to not buy tickets would work out most, though leaving at the 75th minute can work out if agreed upon by most fans.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMPOZA TAMOC

If you walk out, do us all a favour and don't come back. Ever.

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AT

Not going numbnuts.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNick

White hankerchiefs like they do in the Bernabeu.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

*applauds*

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Grow up and support your club. You're children. Thank your lucky stars that Wenger has positioned us not to be the next Aston Villa, and just think that if Leicester win it this year our bet is as good as anyone's going forward.

Negativity is wrong, support them and make us special. You've seen what's happened at Utd, right?

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AT

The United that is one point behind us?

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGDR

I see mini-me Wenker Martinez is doing his best impersonation of incompetence, tactical cluelessness and delusion. Interestingly, the Everton fans aren't spineless and they will drive him out after just two years of rubbish. Look at our fans, 12 years of garbage and still you get window-licking mongoloids still cupping Monsieur Dickface's "leeeetle beeeet" bollocks. Pathetic.

All those in attendance at WBA have an obligation to give this repugnant fraud absolute hell for 90 minutes. AT, can you see the beautiful irony of something for the AKBs here? For years, when you began writing about what an inept arrogant fraud Monsieur Tosser is, you'd frequently get vitriolic garbage spewed at you from his rent boys, "Piss off and go support Spurs" or "fuck off to Chelski".

The beautiful irony here is, at Spurs and Chelski, Arsene Wenker is a hero. Their fans love him, they want him to stay at Arsenal and even chant his name at matches! "Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay" They sang this at Stoke when they were 4-0 up away from home, crushing a team our shite couldn't beat up there in a month of Sundays!

They now have a banner at White Hart Lane that reads "Arsene Wenger, Spurs Legend"

Similarly, "Arsene Wenger we want you to stay" was sung at Stamford Bridge as our rapper-shagging infidel succumbed to his 935th defeat to Mourinho.

So you see...if you support Arsene Wenger, you actually would be a Spurs or Chelski fan! Oh the irony! So it's time to turn that one round on the AKBs: "Fuck off down the Lane or go support Chelski"

SUPERB!

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AT

I still get the odd bum nugget having a pop at me - not very often though. I've even got a couple of AKB stalkers; no matter how many times I ban then they find a computer to log into from somewhere. Probably been to every internet cafe in London by now.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov

Anus Wonga sitting on the bog this morning thinking, "If the Queen can go on until she is 90............"

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill Robertson

Wenger out.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterlukuman

I think we should keep seeing more protests and empty seats.
Wenger is the worst human alive.
The man even cares less about his family.
Let's walk out, protest and boycott the match.
I would rather we lose all of our remaining matches, as long as the fans make a signal of intent.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

I will be sitting through the whole 90 min. Gunner for Life...

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AT

We're all Gunners for life.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBushwack

Hope it happens AT, I really do. Interesting that there have been the first rumblings of player discontentment, but I don't hold out much hope that they will follow the Chelsea players lead and force the manager out.

Too many of them probably like the no pressure existence they have under Wenger and would fear for their future if he left.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter1970Gooner

When was the last time Liverpool won the league or Everton or Spurs - I remember the dross of the late 50s, the 60s, late 70s and etc etc. All the younger supporters do not remember these wonderful days.

We have no divine right to win the league - sure we all believe we can see what is wrong.
But what happens when we track players like Hazard and Mata? Chelsea come along and blow us out of the water with a higher transfer fee and higher wages.

You might not like it but Wenger has had to do most of his shopping at the co-op not Harrords.

These last two years he has spent money on Ozil and Sanchez, that is a start. We all know we need a centre-half and a world-class striker, but if Man Utd Man City or Chelsea and Arsenal all try buy the same player who do you think that player would sign for.

Fourth every year is not good enough for us but I fear for the club if Wenger left - I believe with the cash available these last years we have punched above our weight.

Get rid of Wenger and look forward to finishing mid-table.

Yes 4th is not good enough, ticket prices are too high - get in a owner who wants to win the league and give Wenger the money to buy three world-class players in one go, but be careful what you wish for.

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AT

Leicester City.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterstephen pearson

"Wenger is the worst human alive."

More so than those cunts in ISIS?

I'm not an AKB - I'm not sure if he should stay or go, but that melodramatic statement is laughable.

"I would rather we lose all of our remaining matches, as long as the fans make a signal of intent"

Yeah right, because not being in the Champions League will help recruit the calibre of players that we dream about.

Go ahead and protest, but let's not lose sight of reality.

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AT

Passionate people sometimes make passionate statements. Ultimately, they want the club to succeed - don't lose sight of that.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDazmondo

AT

I doubt if anyone would notice if Arsenal played to a totally empty stadium or not. The atmosphere is already so flat, pins hear Arsenal drop.

Arsene says he'll see out his contract. No shit. There are £8,000,000 reasons to stay. Here's the thing, Arsenal need to take the initiative to ensure Wenger is removed. Don't give this clown any more time, off him now.

But, we know that the majority of Arsenal fans are a stupid bunch of idiots, and a couple of wins from the remaining games, fourth secured and all is well again. Wenger signs a new three-year deal off the back of the 'heroic struggle to finish fourth, against insurmountable odds'...and before you know it, Arsene is on a £32,000,000 four year deal. If that happens, Arsenal will be relegated. That I have no doubt about. It can happen and has in the past. Bigger clubs than Arsenal can fall and we aren't big to start with.

If I'm Ozil or Sanchez, I'm handing in my transfer request. If I'm a player with ambition, I'm not joining Arsenal. I don't know where Arsenal are anymore and I don't think the fans or fellow professionals know either.

I do hope West Brom chuck another spanner in the works.

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AT

While I agree with your sentiment, relegation is not a likely scenario - and no matter what the board says now, Wenger would be sacked long before that happened.

Stephen Pearson - Really? Typical Arsene FC fan. The type that have been holding us back since at least '08.

Support the club, not the man you fool. Wenger looks down on Arsenal fans with contempt. Even disciples like yourself. I swear, we are more akin to Scientology than a football club.

Walk out on 75 today and let your displeasure been known for the entire game people.

As always, well done AT for highlighting the glaringly obvious problems we have faced and will continue to face if we allow Kim Jong-Wenger to remain in power!

Wenger out, Kroenke out, AKBs out.

Long live the revolution, Long live Arsenal Truth!

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJacko

Fuck all these AKBs commenting nonsense on this site, saying that if Wenger leaves Arsenal dies.
Whoaaa, we have one of the largest fan bases in the world, make the most gross profit in the league and yet you think Wenger is still your god by finishing 4th every time.

We cannot get manager better than wenger? Lmfao. Then where did Dortmund and Juventus get their managers from? Even add Tottenham to that list.

We have a wide fan base around the world, huge spending power and are the best team in the English capital. The scumbag Wenger only wants to have everything owed to him.

Get him out immediately.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

What a disgrace to the club this post is, as are most of the comments. As Nick said, walk out and don't come back!

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZaiky

Wenger and Walcott, and probably one or two others, need to drop down a division.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

We won't have any progress with an owner who is not a supporter. We must take all steps necessary to make him sell up and piss off, just as the Liverpool fans did with G&H.

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AT

Liverpool fans care more about their club, clearly.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Arsenal fans protest lol. They're just about able to cheer a goal.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

It is now nearly ten years since we left Highbury and where has this left us?. All those 'fans' who disagree with this post are only kidding themselves. Wenger no longer has my respect and those considering vacating their seats on 75 mins, or not turning up at all for tonight's game, have my full support.

Get rid of this parasite once and for all. As AT says, we are all Gooners for life. The problem is some of you see Arsene Wenger as a saint, rather than the delusional selfish imbecile he has become.

Come on WBA, put another spanner in the works!!

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

I've been an Arsenal fan for years and have longed for Wenger to quit, but now I have changed my mind. Let him have another year so that he can be properly disgraced, or what do you think will happen next season with Conte, Pep, Mourinho, Ranieri, Pochettino and co around? He won't even qualify for Europa.

Let him leave in shame if he thinks quitting when the ovation is loudest does not have a French version.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterakinbayo akindele

This season was surely the last straw for the remanining AKB thoroughbreds. You're a dying breed!

If your still supporting the man then you clearly need your head tested. Either that or read AT's earlier articles and see everything he's written are hard cold facts.

Wenger inherited an English spine and also a genius named Dennis Bergkamp. He then added a few highly intelligent players i.e. Henry, Viera, a healthy nutritional diet and let the team do the talking on the pitch.

The team of the Invincibles I now believe was a total fluke. He has been trying for 12 years to replicate the same success of his early years but has failed to mount a serious title challenge since.

Wenger is a fraudster. He is no football tactician/coach, he is a business man. Don't forget the dream you were sold when Arsenal FC moved to the Emirates. We're not even remotely close to Europe's elite neither on or off the pitch.

Do the right thing, stop supporting Wenger. He has made himself a very rich man off our club and does not recognise holds the fans in utter contempt. Those who still attend I salute you, but I can't bring myself to be conned any longer. Not until we I see Wenger leave the club.

Remember, there was life before Wenger and there will be life after.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGoonerpath

Arsene, top-paid manager in the Prem at £8,2000,000. Two major shareholders in Usmanov and Silent Stan who have never put their hands in their greasy pockets since buying their major shareholdings in the club.

A youth policy and scouting network, which was once the envy of all British clubs, now just a non-entity.

A medical team who can have players such as Diaby, Wilshere and Rosicky "injured" for seasons at a time, and all the while the gaffer is being paid 8.2 million. Hilarious, if it wasn't so goddamn sad.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArsnil

I have just come back to the site to see the reaction to my comments.

I have supported the club since the late '50s - most of the younger supporters have no idea about the state of the club or the football they played.

And before you all start jumping up and down, read John Cross in the Daily Mirror - the club was going to the wall in 2004/05 and the bank would not lend any money unless Wenger signed a new contract.

The abuse he takes and some fans dish out, perhaps he should have walked away - then you could all go down the road and follow Spurs, West Ham or Orient.

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AT

The Daily Mirror, a bastian of journalistic integrity.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterstephen pearson

Do people not think for one minute what it must be like to support those teams who never stand a chance of winning anything. Their fans put the Wenger Out brigade to utter shame.

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AT

Don't be a clot. Different clubs have different expectations placed upon them, mostly based on reputation, resources and location. Besides, managers are hounded out at every club, you just don't read about it.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRay

Its no longer about money anymore (if Leicester city could win the league without spending big), its about a coach who has failed us, whose ideologies and tactics have expired!

Am so shocked by my fellow fans from England, who still buy tickets to watch Arsenal! If it was here in Zambia, Wenger's arrogance could have faded by now.

Please boycott or walk out on this match!

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOsman, Zambia

Wilson at the Telegraph reckons a year out of the Champions League would mean we could mount a proper title challenge.

The rest of us reckon a decent manager is rather more important.

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

"It was a special night as well, a Thursday night, and I don't know if you are intelligent enough, nor am I, to detect exactly why everybody that did not turn up tonight did not turn up"

Is this guy for real? His head must be firmly wedged up his own backside if he struggles to understand why...

Hmm I wonder

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

It's frightening to hear him say such disrespectful things. What an arrogant, condescending, patronizing individual he has become. Power, greed and a blindness to his own failings have left us with a manager who should have been strapped to a chair and led away to a supervised care facility long ago.

If aliens were to land on this planet tomorrow, I pray they take Mr Wenger as the first human(??) to experiment on!!

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Mr Stephen Pearson, Ray, Zaiky and Nick, none of you get it!. Maybe you should all consider taking a job in the PR dept at AFC. The club has become rotten to the core, pure and simple. No belief, no desire, no atmosphere, no nothing!

Under Wenger, we will only sink further into the abyss. I to can remember the dross of decades ago but your 'fear' for life after Wenger shows you have little or no concept of what supporting a club is all about.

I hate what has become of the club and am envious of Liverpool and Leicester(can I also say Spurs?) because they have managers who see, act , show humility,respect and understanding and know what is needed to progress. If you want to regress then continue your love affair with the mighty Wenger. Personally, I don't care if Wenger gets ridiculed. He has mocked us for years and has only brought this negativity upon himself because he lacks the abilities to live in the modern footballing world. COME ON SUNDERLAND!!!!.

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Wenger: " fans get quality at Arsenal" what's this guy on? he needs his head examined asap

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Responding to Graham's first post: there are gooners starting to question his cognitive abilities, not so much on grounds of shit tactics as his growing tendency to utter implausible b/s, the like of which will convince no intelligent supporter.

Responding to Graham's second post: no, you can't say Spurs! lol.

April 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Long time, no see, AT. The empty seats in the match with West Brom is a good start in protesting change in the club. But this needs to carried into the next season. But the gullible people will hear of transfer rumours of big name players linked to the club and will rush out to buy season tickets to undo all that. Why do I still hear people talking about giving Wenger one more summer to recruit the players we need? Some people will never learn.

Stephen Pearson ranting about how Wenger is deprive of spending cash, despite numerous reports saying otherwise. As well as bringing up fears that the club will crash and burn if Wenger was to leave and using the term "punched above our weight"? Typically nonsense you hear from AKBs. Sounds like that AKB that used to visit this site, Charlie was it? Yeah, no one cares. Isn't John Cross known to be a big Wenger suck-up?

AT, yeah I'm not fan of the Mirror, but they do write some good ones like this one: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/brian-reade-column-arsenals-stubborn-7796046

Unlike Margaret Thatcher, most will forget the decade of mediocrity when Wenger goes and there will be a big celebration. I couldn't care either way if supporters do that, but I rather they don't. He has been given enough with the £8 million a year he makes and no pressure from the board to compete for major trophies.

April 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArsenal Fan

Wenger's philosophical perceptions on Leicester City and their success, at least show he occasionally 'sees' logic outside his protective bubble. The problem is he ruins it all by disrespecting us, implying we are not savvy enough to tell him why there are empty seats at the Emirates.

"I don't know if anyone is intelligent enough to detect exactly why everybody who did not turn up tonight did not turn up". What an absolute farce!. You don't have to be a university graduate to understand why, it's just a pity we don't have anyone in charge who is honest and brave enough to act on it.

The more I see and hear him speak, the more I realize he has conned us all!! A delusional narcissist with an honours degree in verbal diarrhoea, he is single-handedly destroying the club. The forty plus thousand who did turn up for the WBA game should all be ashamed of themselves.

You, as so called supporters, are the reason why we have to keep putting up with this shambles!

April 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

What's going on at Arsenal is simply the preservation or power and entitlement of a select few people at the expense of the fans.

There is the football equivalent of a civil war between fans, which Wenger won't acknowledge because he's unable to admit to being the cause of it.

He will not do the decent thing for the club he loves and leave because he is on a very, very comfortable £8m a year without the expectation of achievement.

Who would give up £8m a year though? No one, which means he needs to be sacked. Unfortunately, he hired the bloke that does that job as well thus preserving the careful power hierarchy that is ruining the club.

It's like FIFA, powerful individuals in ivory towers that cannot be touched despite everyone knowing that what is going on is BS.

The club as it stands right now is 100% designed to line the pockets of a few powerful individuals at the expense of the supporters.

April 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chris: Your're totally correct by implying that AFC Is run like FIFA. The civil war you talk of is only between those pro-Wengerites (or leeches as I like to call them) and the vast majority of genuine fans who see the future good of the club at heart.

'Boredom' is the reason for so many fans staying away and distancing themselves from the club. Same mistakes, same rhetoric, same pathetic excuses, same systems, same tactics (or lack of), same negative atmosphere.

Yep, it's all become rather boring and predictable and the players know it as well. I have already decided to give it to the end of the season to see what happens. If he stays, which seems to be the case, I will certainly have little hesitation, around my own hectic schedule, in making his life as uncomfortable as possible.

I hope many of you will join me!

April 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Long long ago, in a far away land called Leicester................................ So close to a fairy tale that comes true. At the end of this magical event, wouldn't it be nice to read. "The wicked wizard Wenger was run out of town and was never to be seen or heard of again". THE END.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

@Graham: silent farts are often the worst... same with chairmen.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

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