Yesterday afternoon images of the "Thanks for the memories" flag started doing the rounds, when it was hung outside a pub in Belgium. For those who are unaware of the flag, it's addressed to Arsene Wenger and says "Thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye". Needless to say, those who back our manager are never happy when it comes out.
To be perfectly honest, I couldn't care if the flag is displayed outside a pub; people are entitled to their opinion and if they think the manager should go, that's up to them. However, some apparently took offence to the flag yesterday and thought they'd get violent towards its owners. Naturally there was a reaction to this provocation... resulting in punches thrown. All because of one man. Madness.
It's sad that it's come to this and it's pathetic we have Arsenal on Arsenal violence. Outside the stadium is one thing, but when it happens in the ground, there are a couple of key issues.
First and foremost, you're there to watch a football match and support your team. Abuse or fighting among fans can easily filter through to the players and let's be honest, they're hardly full of confidence at the moment are they? So channel your energy into getting behind the team. We all want The Arsenal to win every match, so when the players pull on that shirt and are on the pitch, forget the manager and drive the team on.
Secondly, football grounds now are so full of CCTV that you're more than likely going to be on film if you're throwing punches at another fan. Therefore expect police involvement, court, and a three year ban from all football grounds.You may want the manager here or want him gone, but don't get so wound up in the ground and get yourself nicked.
I've never known our fanbase to be this divided, and with the Board seeing fit to award Arsene Wenger a 3 year contract, things will get worse before they get better. It's at that stage where those at the opposite ends of the spectrum are always bound to clash... but when you're in the ground, give it a rest and sing up for The Arsenal.
Up The Gunners.