Arsenal fans have been discussing the Newcastle United match on Sunday.
Fair to say it isn’t the first thing on their minds, as the Europa League becomes everything for them.
How the (almost) mighty have fallen…
After two decades of constant Champions League participation, just one season away from it has maybe been a wake up call for some.
Having drawn Atletico Madrid today in the semi-finals it won’t have improved their mood ahead of Sunday.
They are 13 points behind fourth place in the Premier League with only six games to play, so they can write that one off.
Arsene Wenger played his strongest team last night in Moscow, as he did for the first leg, so already many of the Arsenal fans are accepting a weakened team on Sunday and possible/very likely defeat.
Some of them are reduced to simply abusing Newcastle fans…hopefully they will have reason for even more abuse after this Sunday’s match.
You would think there would have been a bit of defiance from them and an insistence on their players/team/club still doing everything they can to beat Newcastle – but the overall impression is being resigned to defeat and not really caring.
‘Not much enthusiasm for this one eh.’
‘This has Newcastle win written all over it.’
‘They’re definitely due a win against us.
If they ever had to “get that monkey off their back”, I’d rather they do it on Sunday, when it’s a nothing game.’
‘Toon 2-0. Only annoying thing about it is I don’t think we have lost to them
Since 2010 (though the 4-4 might as well have been a loss) and I have a fair few mates that support the Toon.’
‘We’ve won our last 10 PL games vs Newcastle, if we beat them on Sunday we break our club record for consecutive wins against another PL club.’
‘I wonder which one of our 23 formations from last night we opt to go with for this match.’
‘5-0 up only to draw 5-5
Arsene, breaking records since 1996.’
‘F…… hate these.
They deserved relegation and they still do.
F… emm and their so called ‘passion’ yeah right.
I just wish we still had a team who would go there turn the c…. over big time.’
‘Embarrassing that we go up there with them having a better defensive record than us this season.’
‘Chip on their shoulder Geordie w…… who couldn’t drink spring water!!
Was in the company of numerous of them on p… ups through the years and have never met one that could handle his drink!’
‘My other half’s uncles are season ticket holders.
In the last 60 years their highlights are basicaly a toss up between the 4-4, the two consecutive fa cup finals where they didn’t turn up and got thrashed and Sunderland being on the verge of relegation to the third tier this season.
And maybe that time that one of their fans punched a police horse before a midday derby kickoff.’
‘Banana-skin. We are away and can’t defend. I reckon that we could lose this one.’
‘Reckon this will be another “lettle biet jaded” time after the trip to Ruskieville & Wonga will have his usual excuses ready!’
‘Mutants are in a similar run of form so home advantage & the usual rubbish Arsene Stanley PLC defensive performance could swing the game their way.’
‘I had a relative who played for Newcastle in the days of Wyn Davies and Bobby Moncur and I was given a Barcodes shirt when I was in infants school, so I’ve always had a soft spot for them.
I’m also a bit envious of a city where everybody supports the same team.
When I was young I hated having cousins and school mates who were Chelsea or Palace fans.’
‘I live up here and to be fair (and ignoring the irony of being a Welshman supporting Arsenal living in the North East…..) the one-club town thing is great. Sunderland is the same to be fair.
People would just not be able to fathom why you would support somebody else (unless you were born/family from there) – haven’t seen a single (Man) United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea piece of gear since I moved up here.
Went to a hospitality event at St James Park a few months ago and I was sat on the same table as Bobby Moncur.
Being Bobby Moncur he got given more of the luxury cheese on the board so I pilfered quite a bit when he was out of his seat. Assume that would be regarded as quite a heinous crime up here so I’m hoping I don’t get spotted when I go through the turnstiles on Sunday.’
‘Yeah London is the same,its mostly a one club town………….Manchester United!’