Many have felt a disconnect with the club since the move away from Highbury.
Such feelings have grown and been shared by others as the purpose for leaving the wonderful old stadium moves further and further away from being justified.
The new stadium needed memories. There haven’t been enough games that have meant something. There’s fewer people at the game who genuinely care about the result.
The extra capacity at the Emirates and the apathy of long standing fans has opened up more tickets for tourists.
One tourist popped over the pond once or twice and was so taken by the cash cow of the Premier League that he took a selfie, vlogged a penalty and bought a half and half scarf before spending his dollars buying the whole f***ing club.
Arsenal’s billionaire hasn’t invested a cent into the club itself, just its shares. An owner without ambition, happy standing still long enough until we fell away into Thursday night and Sunday afternoon football.
An owner who doesn’t give a f***. While Stan is in charge, more and more fans will feel that disconnect.
It becomes harder to care, to pull up the money, to invest the time and emotion into supporting the club when the owner doesn’t do anything of the sort and can’t even be bothered to attend a European final.
So whilst Stan couldn’t be bothered to make the trip to Baku, I turn towards those who did.
Cousin Bill was disappointed even before the game. There was no sense of an occasion with “the UEFA family out in full force” at what felt like a trial for the 39th game. He sat watching a European final next to a local fella wearing a John Terry shirt, the pitch another mile away and empty seats everywhere.
And then the second half....
There was plenty of time to dwell on the embarrassing capitulation on the coach back to the airport, the four hour wait in the terminal and the six hour flight home.
Too much time to question the efforts you’ve made compared to Ozil. The money you’ve spent getting there, compared to an owner who didn’t deem it important enough.
There are just ten days between the farce of Baku and the deadline for Season Ticket renewals. In that period, Spurs were in the Champions League final (although at least they didn’t win it).
It’s enough to make even the most committed of fans think “f*** it”, joining many others who reached the point long ago.
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