I see what they were getting with that mother analogy but looking beyond the obvious (perhaps reasonable) headline message, it loses all credibility with me, other than raising a depressing point.
I suspect that they were trying to explain ‘unconditional love’, but that sentiment usually gets used when talking about your kids. The fact that this guy confidently went for ‘mother’ shows that he is about 14 and therefore has limited perspective at best, certainly not enough to consider displacing my own 30 years worth of fanaticism. And I use that word deliberately in case anyone doesn’t realise that’s what a ‘fan’ means.
Choose to support your club in whichever way you want, but without a thread of underlying pride, support just becomes a chore born out of habitual devotion.
I don’t take saying this at all lightly but as proud as I am of our history, the style of football we (used to) play, our nurturing of young talents, our financial prudence, etc, etc, I can honestly say that at this point in time I’m not proud to be an Arsenal fan. We’re a fucking laughing stock.
I’m not saying that we need to win every week and lift multiple trophies every season, but I want the club to at least try. Is that really too much to ask?