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‘I’m Staring At My Arsenal Tickets And All I Can Think Is, Why?’

8 years ago
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I’m sitting here staring at my Arsenal tickets for next Monday and all I can think is, why do we put ourselves through this week after week?

Why do we pay to be humiliated? Why do we still travel in our thousands to support a club with no ambition and not an ounce of fight in them? A club where the owner and manager have zero respect for the people that really matter – the fans.

What hope is there as we travel to the Emirates? We’re on a club record of five defeats on the spin in the Premier League. During those games, we’ve conceded 14 goals and scored one.  Let’s hope they provide blindfolds in the away section at the Emirates.

We’re not expecting miracles. We know we can’t compete with the big spenders in the league, but the very least we can do is fight for 90 minutes and have a go at them.  Not one of our players could turn around on Saturday and say they’d given their all for the shirt after the soul-destroying defeat to Swansea.

It pains me to say this. I was actually envious of our nearest and dearest from across the water on Saturday.  After watching 90 soulless minutes at St James’ Park, it took Sunderland to actually remind me what it’s like for a team to battle for the cause.  And hey, it worked. They only went and ended Jose Mourinho’s long-lasting unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge in the same week they drew at the Etihad. What they achieved last week was magnificent and a huge step towards Premier League safety, fair play to them.

Our manager…don’t even get me started on our manager. It’s a popular belief that while Mike Ashley owns the club, Alan Pardew is unsackable.  At the minute, he’s doing his very best to test/prove that view.

The team selections, tactics (or lack of them) and the excuses are just getting worse by the week, though they may be running out and it’s about time he took responsibility for the team’s dreadful form.

Newcastle’s last three games are all against teams that still have everything to play for. Arsenal are tussling with Everton for the fourth and final Champions League place, Cardiff are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league and Liverpool have their first Premier League title in their sights.

With that in mind, it’s difficult to see where the next win is going to come from. My bet is that it won’t be this season and to be perfectly honest, I hope it isn’t, if it means that Pardew is closer to losing his job.

How saddening is that?

It’s grown to the stage where some fans are actually wishing defeat upon their own club. Thanks to the current regime, there is no longer reason to believe and we can kiss goodbye to dreams of even challenging for a trophy, let alone winning one.

Arsenal away marks Pardew’s return to the touchline following his hefty ban. The away day blindfolds may come in handy as I’m sure that won’t be a welcome sight amongst the Toon fans who would like to see him gone for good.

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