How Much Negativity Can One Arsenal Supporter Take?

By on August 17, 2009

Don’t ask me why, but Myles Palmer and his blog, Arsenal News Review, continue to irritate the hell out of me. It’s not just his ultra-negative attitude, Arsenal Action has that on most days and I don’t find that nearly as irritating. What annoys me most are his repeated contradictions and, especially, the pompous air of authority with which he attempts to pass off his ramblings.

The Arsenal blogosphere is full of negativity, some justified some not, but most Arsenal bloggers understand their “role.” They are people sharing their opinions on the club they love and follow. Perhaps, because he wrote a biography of Arsene Wenger, Palmer seems to consider himself some kind of authority on the club and Wenger. As if following Wenger around has given him more insight into football tactics and economics than the man he was following. Yet, it seems the experience, for whatever reason, turned him very bitter, as evidenced in the overly personal way he attacks and criticizes the club and manager.

Only Myles Palmer could turn a 6-1 win at Everton into something negative. In a response to a letter from a reader on his website today, he wrote this:

This 4-3-3 is too new to judge. Let’s see what happens in the first 10 games.

Yet on the same day, in his “match report,” he wrote:

In truth, this very strange event was two games.

A competitive game before the first goal  in 26 minutes, a walkover after Denilson scored.

The opening period showed that 4-3-3 does not suit Arsenal’s players. For 26 minutes Arshavin was lost and wasted on the left, van Persie never went in the box, where Bendtener couldn’t be because he was stuck on the right side, where he did OK because he’s a decent footballer

Denilson isn’t much cop going forward. He’s a reliable continuity player, not a  creative player. Going forward, he was clueless in the first 25. Most of his passes were backwards and sideways. 4-3-3 does not suit him either, to be fair…

After that, Everton were a shambles. The next five goals were all sucker punches. Everton had no midfield, a static defence, and no attack till Saha came on to score an injury time consolation when they were 6-0 down.

Myles wants to make the outrageous, and “authoritative,” statement that the 4-3-3 doesn’t work. After one match, not ten. In fact, after 25 minutes. He is saying the 4-3-3 doesn’t work because it took the Arsenal 26 minutes to score away to Everton and because none of those six goals happened to come from the front three. But all three were directly involved in five of the six goals -the one being the goal at the end of Fabregas’s 45m run.Van Persie led the counterattack that gave Fabregas his second goal, and drew the foul with his back to goal that led to Gallas’s goal. Bendtner drew the foul that led to Vermaelen’s goal and also held the ball up to find Fabregas in a good spot outside the box leading to Denilson’s goal and Arshavin worked to create space in the box for his chip which Eduardo finished.

This is all symptomatic of Palmer’s outlook but also that of a minority of Arsenal supporters that are disproportionately visible. Even in a 6-1 win at Everton, his headline and the thrust of his entire article is what was wrong with Arsenal. Were Everton a shambles? Sure they were, but what we saw from Arsenal was something different. We saw Arsenal not only create chances but finish them and we saw them dominate in the air on both ends. A few important positives you would think especially leading into a very important Champions League Playoff with Celtic today.

Two days earlier, this was his entire blog post:

Nobody will be signed till Arsenal eliminate Celtic on August 26.

Matuidi, Hangeland and Chamakh are still the targets.

Nothing will happen till the Celtic result is in the bag.

Has the Arsenal Property Company taken the £40 million from Toure & Adebayor? Looks that way.

Wenger will take the £20m from the Champions League place and spend it on three players.

Last summer, he bought Nasri the day after he sold Hleb.

If Arsenal lost to Celtic, their season would be over.

His arrogance is unparalleled in the Arsenal blogosphere but his negativity is not. “If Arsenal lost to Celtic, their season would be over.” A little dramatic? I wonder if he phoned the club to let them know they can save the team’s travel costs especially considering their ultra-precarious financial state, as interpreted by Palmer.

I should give him credit here for his slyness… Wenger has regularly held out until the final hours of the deadline in an attempt to secure the best possible deal. Now, if Arsenal do beat Celtic, and Wenger does wait until the deadline as usual, Palmer can, and most assuredly will, write about how he was right all along. And this despite writing two weeks ago in an article entitled, “Wenger, Gazidis might wait till midnight on August 31”:

I realised that Wenger and Gazidis are waiting to get better value at the end of the transfer window.

Really, Myles? But didn’t you write before that the club was broke and waiting to see if we beat Celtic and secure the Champions League money. Anyone who knows Arsene Wenger knows that he has no problem taking transfers right to the wire. Finally, in his reply letter, which somehow turns into a brief and not very authentic self-effacing autobiography, Palmer claims:

…when I was eighteen, my dad said, “With a little humility, you’ll go a long way.” I haven’t gone a long way… So I am a failure in my own eyes and always will be. But I’m quite a happy failure because I’ve been lucky in my private life… To me, football is just something we talk about. It is the most important unimportant thing in the world.

Perhaps, Palmer’s father was right and the reason he is “a failure” is because has lacked even that little bit of humility. While this article is directly referencing Myles Palmer and ANR’s negative and contradictory nature, it really is a response to the negativity generated in blogs, the media, and the stands, that seems to hover over the club like an ominous, dark cloud everywhere they go. [digg=http://digg.com/soccer/How_Much_Negativity_Can_One_Arsenal_Supporter_Take]


  1. Kipish

    August 18, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Right on man! It was a shocking read! What really gets me, the manc fans around me seem to see what this idiot minority can’t! You only beat what’s in front of you! We did good, period! Hoping for the same tonight!

  2. Amaury

    August 18, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Did Wenger ever tell him to F*@k off?
    ‘Cause I get the feeling of a personnal vendetta in the guy’s writing.
    Some sort of malice towards the Prof and his team.

  3. ArsenalStation

    August 18, 2009 at 2:04 am

    You are both right. That they are a minority is absolutely true but they are an especially vocal minority which leads the media to believe that they represent the majority of Arsenal supporters. And Amaury, I also get that kind of feeling from him. Like alot of anti-Wenger people, it seems very personal, very bitter and out of all proportion. Thanks for the reading and especially the comments, guys!!!

  4. ladyjane

    August 18, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Thanx so much for writing this article. I used to read ANR regularly until about
    2 years ago, a blog that once had a slight bias towards the negative has become
    unbearable. I now flick over on the odd occassion (like the 6-1 win) to see if
    he’s able to a) eat humble pie or b) make a fool of himself about what was
    wrong again! He never fails to disappoint. Sadly, he’s not a real arsenal fan,
    because a true fan gives credit where credit is due. Let’s not even speak of his
    “objective” journalism…he’s lost the plot. I agree that his writing has become
    very personal against Wenger, and I am waiting for him to start that on Gazidis
    too. Ahhh well….such is life!

  5. ArsenalStation

    August 18, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Well said, ladyjane. He does talk alot about being “a reporter” but his objectivity fails him completely when it comes to Arsenal, for some reason. I have no idea why it seems so personal to him despite him saying that “football is the most important unimportant thing in the world.”

  6. Pete

    August 18, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Only an arsenal fan would have said that denilson looked lost on saturday. Its nuts

  7. Tsokan

    August 18, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Myle Palmer or whatever his dead name is,is a f**king pr**k.He’s nt only a Wenger hater but hav also been a big RvP hater.Reason?I dont know.He’s d kind of writers who specializes in trying to make fans hate a particular player or try to make players hate each other.There ws one article he wrote about Wilshere talking to Arshavin after our Emirates cup match against Atletico.There he said Arshavin wouldnt belive he is earning the same money ‘with a bad player like’ RvP.Nt to talk of hundred of shit he has said about Le Boss.Anybody who goes to read his sh*t article could only hav him to blame.He is nt fit to write a one page poem.

  8. alwaysgunner

    August 18, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Sorry but they are not in the minority in fact the majority of sports writers especially in the UK are as anti Arsenal it is unbelievable. I like most supporters of this club sift through every written piece about our club that I can get me hands and I find it almost impossible to find anyone who is prepared to give us a chance. What we’ve done I just don’t know . I’m sure it just a trend that has gathered a flowering, and now know matter h ow we play we are derided. There used to be a time when apart from local rival games the south was against the north. When any first division team (in the old days) played in Europe they were supported by all those at home. But now is just a crock of crap anti Arsenal sentiment. It wont change me, just love it to stick it up them all.

    • ArsenalStation

      August 18, 2009 at 9:20 am

      You misunderstood me, alwaysgunner. What I said was that the negative Arsenal supporters were a minority among the club’s supporters.

  9. Scott

    August 18, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Lets not forget he also said at the end of last season that a deal to take Gallas to France was a done deal. That’s not too accurate either now is it.

    Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion…..

    • ArsenalStation

      August 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

      Right. The Gallas thing is just one of dozens of examples. And it’s not that he made a false pronouncement like that I find so annoying, like I said. It’s the way he says these things, with such authority, as if he has some kind of inside information. As if he’s not stating an opinion but fact.

  10. FourMinuteSmiler

    August 18, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I stopped reading when he started name calling. He doesn’t like supporters booing the players in the heat of the moment, but thinks its ok to go into print and call them ignoramuses, muppets or cretins!! His much trumpeted education and experience obviously hasn’ taught him that name calling should be left in the playground. I dipped back in today to see what he’s been saying and noticed that yesterday was his 65th birthday – time to retire I think.

    • ArsenalStation

      August 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

      You read my mind FMS!

  11. Jonas Thor

    August 18, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I agree with your blogg, i started reading him some months ago, was supprised of how much personal grudge he had against Wenger, always looking for proof of him being finished. Then i must say I was amazed when he could turn this beautiful comeback and great performance of Arsenal football on Saturday into a negative one ! If it was a one-goer or until Dec thing, at least he could have waited to sham it !
    greetings, Icelandic fan JTJ

  12. South Yorkshire Gunner

    August 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    It gets me when he refers to Ronaldo as “Cristiano” and Gerrard as “Stevie G”..

    He is without doubt a closet Man Utd fan and at time he’s a supercilious prick..
    ..He certainly isn’t an Arsenal fan.

    He has been told but he never published the replies on ANR replies..
    …He just publishes the replies he gets from sychophantic underlings…

    I didn’t know he was a pensioner until the other day.

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