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Why should I let the evil one rob me of that time?

1 month ago
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Firstly let me explain my position – I am one of those who HAS paid over their hard-earned money to Mike Ashley for season tickets for this season.

Yes, I know that I’m putting that money straight into the coffers of the evil one and yes, there was a great deal of soul-searching and heartache before the decision was made.

You see, matchday is the day that my children return to me from Facebook/ Fortnite/ Youtube land.

It’s the day that I get to spend with my urchins without fights, tantrums and disasters – at least between them. We have our rituals – a pizza slice, sausage roll (large) and cheese and onion bake from Greggs, a choice of sweets and drinks each from Tesco and then up to St James to buy our programme before heading up the world’s longest flight of stairs to our seat. And then the match itself with its attendant highs and lows, before heading home and dissecting the action in the car.

Why should I let the evil one rob me of that time? And I suspect that there are many others who share my position.

So today I was listening to the pro-Puppet / evil one propaganda being cheerfully spouted on TalkSport to be informed by the latest talking head that boycotting the Arsenal game would never happen and that there would still be 52,000 supporters there making a sea of black and white shirts – although there was an admission that an empty stadium might have an effect on the ownership.

It was the comment on the sea of black and white shirts that caught my attention. Yes, it looks amazing when we are all there as a community, wearing the same top with pride and love. But the new top is hideous, massively overpriced – and did I mention hideous? And for once the foot has been put very firmly down with a resounding ‘No – I’m not buying you that.’

However, like many other families a quick look in a drawer revealed a plethora of other replica kits – my own selection is mentioned above, and the minors have even more.

Which brings me back to my suggestion – there may be 40,000, 45,000, 50,000 or whatever number of us are there at the Arsenal opener (thankfully I’m spared that decision as we are out of the country) but for those that go, why not leave your shirt at home?

Pick another one from anywhere – dig out that old Barca shirt, the Real Madrid one you picked up on holiday, the PSG one – whatever. Just not black and white.

It might not be as effective as an empty stadium but imagine St James without a black and white shirt. No one in the crowd showing off the FUN88 logo, sweeping shots on the television of a rainbow of protest! At the very least it would show that we are doing something together.

So, anyone know where I can purchase a Dalian Yifang top?

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