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Are we too obsessed with Arsenal?

Freddie

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Yep, brought up in Tottenham and when I was younger, my hate was strong. Now that i'm an old man and stink of piss, i'm a bit more mellow about it , I mean, I still hate them but not like before when i'd happily throw hands at them because I was a beered up idiot who knew no better, I calmed down when I turned seven though.

Also, I think social media dilutes it a bit. It seems to me that if you're on Twitter, you hate everyone and the other factor is the 'banter', people can't take it when it's dished out so it ramps up the hate for other clubs even more because people are desperate to be the giver and not the taker. Ask @freeeki
I don't think we hate them enough. And it's how it should be. It's all good and well caring about your own club but you need these rivalries to add an extra level of interest and passion. I don't hate them because I'm supposed to, but their fans genuinely seem like some of the most loathsome, irrational, emotionally stunted humans on earth. But I think I dislike Chelsea even more.
 

punkisback

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It’s most definitely all to do with with the area you grew up in. I was raised in North East London, Hackney, near the Haringey border in the 1990s / 2000s.

Didn’t know a Chelsea fan until the age of 14 (a boy from Albania who liked the glory under Jose). I knew more Orient fans than Spam. I was surrounded by Arsenal and Man Utd fans at school.

My hate for Arsenal runs through my veins and cannot be shaken off. In the 2000s the amount I had to put up with as a kid: their arrogance, reminders of us being rubbish, Sol Campbell, Henry (particularly with my Irish roots, his handball vs Ireland), even when we won the league cups in 1999 & 2008 they still goaded us.

My hate for them is number one. Going into the modern day with Arsenal Fan TV (at least you have a choice to avoid this), odious celebrity fans such as Pier Morgan, Sadiq Khan, Corbyn and Starmer: what a dream team. No other club comes close I cannot stand Woolwich ???
Got a bit political there!

i mean could have gone for Bin Laden as an Arsenal fan you can hate
 

RuskyM

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I always hated Chelsea more, mostly because of my age I saw Arsenal's dominance decline and Chelsea's ascent. I sort of respected how they tried to be entertaining and Wenger was clearly smart.

Now that they're successful I'm remembering how even though their fans are grating as losers, they're insufferable as winners, and so now I hope they lose every game.
 

Serpico

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Yes we are obsessed as they are with us. It’s healthy to have bitter rivals, it’s detrimental to use their success as our failure. We must always show respect-this season they are very good and deservedly will win the PL.. I will always hate/detest them - yes. Can we have a good season regardless of them -yes. May it all continue.
 

Serpico

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It’s most definitely all to do with with the area you grew up in. I was raised in North East London, Hackney, near the Haringey border in the 1990s / 2000s.

Didn’t know a Chelsea fan until the age of 14 (a boy from Albania who liked the glory under Jose). I knew more Orient fans than Spam. I was surrounded by Arsenal and Man Utd fans at school.

My hate for Arsenal runs through my veins and cannot be shaken off. In the 2000s the amount I had to put up with as a kid: their arrogance, reminders of us being rubbish, Sol Campbell, Henry (particularly with my Irish roots, his handball vs Ireland), even when we won the league cups in 1999 & 2008 they still goaded us.

My hate for them is number one. Going into the modern day with Arsenal Fan TV (at least you have a choice to avoid this), odious celebrity fans such as Pier Morgan, Sadiq Khan, Corbyn and Starmer: what a dream team. No other club comes close I cannot stand Woolwich ???
I grew up in Islington-didn’t come across too many Spurs fans.
 

Joe Bjorn Hotspur

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I grew up in Islington-didn’t come across too many Spurs fans.
Most definitely a rarity in Islington. In my area, even being 20 / 30 minutes from WHL we were the minority and it was more inherited than anything else with being a Spurs fan. Most of the Woolwich fans were legit, I never took the Man Utd fans seriously at all. In my first job in London in the early 2010s I knew this guy who came from Yeovil, supported Yeovil Town while simultaneously saying he was a Man Utd fan. ???
 

Stamford

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They have a whole day named after finishing above us. We don't take the piss enough.

today has been incredible
 

fishhhandaricecake

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Nov 15, 2018
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They have a whole day named after finishing above us. We don't take the piss enough.

today has been incredible
Couldn’t have said it any better! They’ve been obsessed with us for years despite often being way better than us.

This collapse (the biggest title collapse since Keegan)… 11 pts has been the best thing ever!

It’s totally made up for our complete mess of a season
 

mil1lion

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May 7, 2004
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Really pleased they can't hit our points from the 16/17 season. They've crumbled again like when going for 4th.
 

yido_number1

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The only joy I've got from football this year is watching them collapse under pressure.

Generally I couldn't give a toss about them, I hate Chelsea more.
 

fishhhandaricecake

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Mabye when 11 points ahead arteta did another one of his weird lightbulb speeches and the players power went out from then on in. 💡
 

Albertbarich

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Football is tribal, when I get to go to spurs which isn't often nowadays I feel at home, amongst my tribe.

Don't get me wrong I can put it aside, if you're from the area you have to because you will have friends and relatives that will support opposing teams but when it comes to football itself I love the tribalism.

I despise them, it genuinely cheers me up no end when they lose, I can't get my head around a human being wanting to join them. Has to be something wrong with them and Chelsea aren't far behind either. I love love love seeing them in pain.

Without the tribalism football is just another sport.
 

robhumphreys

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I detest them and want to see them lose every game. The only joy I’ve had from football this season is see them bottle the lead that they had.
 

UncleBuck

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Football is tribal, when I get to go to spurs which isn't often nowadays I feel at home, amongst my tribe.

Don't get me wrong I can put it aside, if you're from the area you have to because you will have friends and relatives that will support opposing teams but when it comes to football itself I love the tribalism.

I despise them, it genuinely cheers me up no end when they lose, I can't get my head around a human being wanting to join them. Has to be something wrong with them and Chelsea aren't far behind either. I love love love seeing them in pain.

Without the tribalism football is just another sport.
All sports have tribalism and local rivalries, it’s not just football!
 
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