I made a post not long ago that was quite similar to what @Phoebica is saying, the thrust was basically that I don’t understand how or why people aren’t bothering to watch Arsenal matches because they are fed up of us being shit and didn’t want to waste their time. It has since been explained to me that what it comes down to is the lack of hope and everything feeling like a bit of a foregone conclusion, and that it’s more this rather than us being shit that causes their lack of interest.
I somewhat understand and agree with this argument. I am less passionate about Arsenal at the moment, in the sense that it just isn’t affecting my mood in the same way it has in previous years. Recently when we lose I have a moment or two of being pissed off, then I figuratively shrug and get on with my day, because ultimately I don’t expect anything more than that from us at the moment. In the past a bad Arsenal result would totally ruin my day, and sometimes the following one. I’d sulk like a 5 year old and be utterly shit company lol
But at the same time, if we became a truly shit side who at finished in midtable every season and literally never won any of the trophies contested each season things would be far more boring and monotonous, there’d be a complete absence of hope and excitement. As bad as things are in recent seasons we are in the final and have some chance of winning our third FA cup in four years, things can get a lot less exciting than this. If you can’t be fucked watching Arsenal now then I highly doubt you’re going to be tuning into most matches if we were in the situation outlined above. So in that sense I can totally see why Phoebica would use the term glory/fairweather fans, even if it perhaps a bit too harsh/contentious a phrase for my liking, and not the one I’d necessarily throw at anyone on here.
Maybe it’s just different strokes for different folks. Personally I can’t really imagine a context in which I don’t watch virtually every single Arsenal match (ofc everyone misses the odd one or two unless you put football above everything else in your life) that I possibly can. So the idea that people might not bother watching the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane, or feel ambivalent about being convincingly beaten in it, is one that I struggle to comprehend.
Hopefully Wenger goes and we get a new manager in, energising the fanbase and making forums and social media more enjoyable and hopeful places to be. But those who blame it on Wenger and the depressing sense of inevitability he’s created around this side, I’d be curious to see what they say if they aren’t watching us regularly because we aren’t very good under the next guy.