Schadenfreude: I’m Glad Arsenal Lost

I loathe the Gunners. Here's why.

I went to bed with a smile on my face. Why? The most arrogant team in England was given its comeuppance. I loathe Arsenal. Here's why:

  1. I worked five minutes from Highbury stadium for four years and got sick and tired of middle-class Nick Hornby types filling all the nice, posh restaurants from my office all the way to Finsbury Park on match nights. Do not believe that Arsenal fans are old-guard working class loyalists.
  2. They always celebrate before they win. Fact. I used to hear them chanting and banner-waving before kick off. On the bus there would always be a few shouting "3 nil to Gunners". Usually it finished 1-0 to the opponent, but that did not seem to stop them shouting their gobs off next time around.
  3. For all the hype that Arsenal have loads of female fans, and that it's not a macho team, I never – and I mean never – saw a woman in Arsenal colours walking to or from a match without man-in-Arsenal-colours with her. She would seem to be tagging along like the dutiful wife with an "if you can't beat them…" look on her face.
  4. A friend has just paid £900 for her son's season ticket, which means she now cannot go on holiday herself this year. Selfish little…
  5. I have heard them shouting that their rivals, Tottenham, are "the Yids". Charming.
  6. If I hear one more mother, girlfriend or admirer saying of a young black man of their acquaintance, "He looks just like Thierry Henry…"

[Source: Julie BindelComment is free: I'm glad Arsenal lost]

In fact I loathe most of the English Football Clubs especially Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and yes, Newcastle United—listed in that pecking order.

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