Twitter is a amazing isn’t it? Last night, Luis Suarez released an incendiary interview via the Guardian and the Telegraph begging Liverpool to sell him. He didn’t name Arsenal specifically, but there was a strong indication that he wanted to join us.
For about 90 minutes twitter went into overdrive. Possibly the funniest hour or so I’ve spent on there since i joined two years ago. Many people (me included at times) almost seemed to tweet as if he’d actually signed, when the reality is, he’s no closer than he has been for weeks.
It highlighted to me the forum which twitter has provided fans to air their views, opinions and beliefs (99% nonsense, again me included) to anyone that cares to read. If you actually take a step back for a minute and think about what Twitter actually is, it will blow your mind. If you would have told me 10 years ago we’d be interacting like this, I would have called you insane.
There are many things great about Twitter, mainly how it brings people together and creates friendships. There are also many things bad, the anonymous abuse and trolling (except from @PeteMartin1981) that is increasing by the day. But ultimately its a fantastic place to be most of the time.
It’s particularly frustrating for Arsenal fans during the transfer window. A set of fans starved of success and major signings for years, we cling to every In The Know tweeter or rumour that we hear. They spread like wildfire, and at times its hard to know which is wrong and which is right. This got me thinking.
How would twitter have been at various times during Arsenals history? What would the reaction have been to certain situations that we’ve been through?
Imagine 1989? Blimey. Cast your mind back if you will. Millwall went top around the end of September. Millwall!!! Can you imagine the plethora of tweets from Millwall fans?
Jan Molby went to prison for three months for drunk driving after mounting a pavement. Picture the tweets
@LFCFANFORVER Keep you head up Jan #YNWA
@IHATELIVERPOOL Another shocking bit of behaviour from another scumbag Liverpool player
And so on and so on.
The 1989 season was remarkable in most part, for the end to the season. But ignoring the last 2 minutes of the last game, the last few weeks were as exciting. The ups and downs over those final few weeks would have been off the scale crazy. The home defeat to Derby and the 2-2 draw with Wimbledon when the league was supposedly in the bag, would have sent the entire platform into total meltdown. It almost doesn’t bare thinking about.
And then that game. The last 2 minutes. The abuse throughout the first half for Arsenals apparent lack of urgency. The moaning from LFC fans when the first goal went in, Smith didn’t touch it etc etc. And then the winning goal.
Since twitter became part of our lives, the club havent challenged at all in the league. We dont really know what it will be like if the club are in a position to actually win the thing. The closer it got the more ludicrous our postings would become. Until we eventually spun ourselves into such a frenzy, that if it did eventually happen again, half of us wouldnt see it having suffered some kind of debilitating stroke.
What really got me thinking about this last night, was the Sol Campbell transfer. @Bradley08 suggested that if Suarez was to sign for Arsenal he wouldnt play at Anfield. I disagreed, citing the game at White Hart Lane that Sol played in. A truly poisonous atmosphere, where fans genuinely feared for their own safety as buses and cars were bottled and rocked. Thinking back, Sol had bals of steel to play in that game.
I think lack of twitter, and the existence of a still realitively junior interent meant that the hugeness of the news, whist appreciated, was no where near as apparent as it could have been. Can you actually imagine what twitter would have been like?
@JimPayton I’ve heard a rumour about a player. Will shock you all, have patience
@OpinionSam Niles has told me that we are signing a striker from Tottenham. He’s going to text me details later
@JeffArsenal Its happening. Transfer to shock the world on the horizon
@GenericArsenalFan Who is it? I need to know. TELL ME KNOW. I cant bare it. TELL MEEEEEEEEE
@WengerOut Its probably Chris Fkin Armstrong
@WengerIn Nope its definitely Ginola. Ginola, For sure. He’s French. Wengers French. Its him
@Gunner4Life We arent signing anyone
@ladyarse I HATE LIVERPOOL
It would have actually been unbearable. Then on the day it was announced. Wow. I think twitter would have crashed. The bitterness between Spurs and Arsenal fans would have undoubtedly spilled over into something rather unsavoury. Whilst at the time, it wasn’t great, there wasn’t this forum for public and anonymous abuse. I actually cant really imagine how bad it would have been.
I guess the point of this is that twitter exacerbates things. Do people who don’t read twitter know half of what goes on? Would your experience as an Arsenal fan be better, less stressful if you didn’t read what, lets be honest, is mostly nonsense?
The ITK stuff has reached blindingly irritating proportions. I posted about a transfer 2 year ago (M’Vila). I did genuinely think it was happening due to a friend of mine working in the industry. Wenger pulled out, and you look like an idiot. So I stopped. I do think a lot of the rumour stuff is posted in good faith, but in general when people are told things, its not final. This gives rise to countless links and rumours. Once something is final, we all know.
So this Suarez thing, whilst highly amusing and promising for Arsenal, is far from over. What will happen? Will Arsenal sit on their £40m bid knowing that Liverpool are now forced to sell him, If Bale get Madrid we wont bid over £40m, I’m certain of that. If they don’t, then we could have a major problem.
Last night we were all largely posting as if he had signed. Probably a good time to remember that he actually hasn’t. Thats the power of twitter. We all encourage each other. After a while you forget nothing has actually changed, and you start talking about the trophies we will win with him. I’m as guilty as anyone. And I blame the internet, and in particular Twitter.
But its fun huh? For once we were the black side of the ledger. And it felt good.
Finally, do I want Suarez? Well, My love of Arsenal is greater than my hatred of Suarez. That’s it really.
Have a good day
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