Arsenal football club boasts of a fan base of about 100 million people worldwide. That’s like having one Arsenal supporter in every ten people. It has the third largest supporter number for a football team worldwide.
However, as is human nature,there are different types of fans... Some real, some well……
1. The diva fan
This one is an Arsenal fan because they heard that Arsenal is class. They want to be associated with classy trends. This fan has the latest outfit, latest watches and jewelry and they match from the top to the bottom. On match day, this fan will don a home jersey, red shoes and a red cap.
This fan is also a staunch fan of Barcelona and really loves Cristiano Ronaldo (though he/she won’t admit it in the open).
2. The escort
This usually refers to female fans though it may apply to some guys. This one is an Arsenal fan as long as she/he is dating an Arsenal fan. When there is a break-up in the relationship, Arsenal has lost one fan, unless of course the next boy/girlfriend is also an Arsenal fan.
3. The idolizer
This one supports Arsenal but idolizes one player. They have the players name on all 8 replica jerseys they own. They have the player’s national team jersey also, in all available colours. This fan has the players name on their Facebook, Twitter handle and even personal e-mail. They possibly have a tattoo of the player somewhere. Their computer wallpaper, phone wallpaper has the players’ picture. The fan knows all personal details about the player…birthday, favorite colour, birthplace, parents’ details, career path, height, weight just to mention but a few.
This type of fan will try to imitate the physical appearance of his/ her idol to extreme extents like an Arteta fan trying to imitate Arteta’s hair. This fan gets angry when the player is benched or even doesn’t play because of injury. You do not want to hear or read the responses from this fan if the said idol is criticized. The said fan usually moves along with the player… I know a few Cesc Fabregas fans that moved to Barcelona.
4. the ignorant fan
This is the Arsenal fan that has no idea that Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure left. He/she still thinks that Fabregas is captain and Robin Van Persie is out injured. This fan knows that ARSENal is so called because it is owned by one ARSENe Wenger (and that’s why we bought ARShavin). The ignorant fan watches three games a season and doesn’t know why the Arsenal/Tottenham match is more important than the Arsenal/Liverpool match. This fan is akin to the Manchester United fan who still thinks Cristiano Ronaldo 7 plays for them.
5. The seasonal fan
This fan is only an Arsenal fan when the team wins. They usually carry their Arsenal gear in a bag and keep them concealed during the game. The jersey and other gear will be donned if the gunners win or get an honourable draw. At the stadium, these are the fans that leave as soon as the team is two goals down. Most of these fans have since shifted to Chelsea or Manchester City following Arsenal’s trophy drought. Expect the number of Arsenal fans to increase to 120 million worldwide when the Arsenal get a trophy….. the prodigal sons will be back. The ones who are still here, keeps saying we need to spend money and buy Messi. Yes, too much of FIFA Manager.
6. The Suicidal fan
This fan starts prepping for a Saturday game on a Sunday the week before. On the eve of the game, eating, sleeping or just doing normal stuff is impossible. Game day is like a nine year old's birthday, the excitement and the worry…emotions and hormones run wild. This fan watches pre-match analysis anywhere possible. If the game goes well, this is the best character you will meet. However, the gunners lose and sometimes they will, this fan has to be put on suicide watch. This fan cries and cries and then some more. He/she breaks the TV remote, crosses the road without checking, drinks some strong dry vodka without stopping, and picks fights with wrestlers and indulges in all manners of destructive behaviour. This fan will even commit suicide if left alone. Remember this guy.
7. The obsessed fan
This one has everything Arsenal. From personal items like toothbrushes, soap dish to clothing to beddings to books…everything. This fan always has an Arsenal item on regardless of where they are, be it a job interview, wedding, funeral…wherever. He/she knows everything about the team, the players and their families, the coaching staff and even the mascot. This fan watches all Arsenal matches..the senior team, the reserves, the ladies team, the under 18s, under 10s and even repeat matches from 1965. This fan eats on an Arsenal plate, drinks from an Arsenal cup and sleeps on an Arsenal bed…literally eats, drinks and sleeps the Arsenal. All their Facebook updates and Tweets are the Arsenal. This fan will pick the team over anything on this earth.
8. The optimist
This fan is always positive. Also a fun type. He/ she sees nothing wrong with the team. This is the fan who at 2-0 down with one minute of extra time to go believes we can still win it. This fan blames every mistake on the referee, the opposing team, the weather, the time, the ball absolutely anything that can absolve the team of blame. This fan claims that the goalpost is too small when Gervinho shoots wide, no tackle is Vermaelen’s fault (He always gets the ball). This fan loves the team just the way it is.
9. The perpetual complainer
At five goals up and the ball rolls out for an opponent’s throw in, this fan complains. He complains when the team scores, when the team concedes whenever. This fan will complain win or lose, big win or big loss… all the time. You can never satisfy this one. He complains that Cazorla is too short, Mertesacker is too tall, Walcott is too fast, Arsene Wenger speaks too many languages. This fan gives a player 10 minutes to prove himself, blames the goalkeeper for letting in a penalty etc. You do not want to watch a match with this fan. That guarantees you 90 minutes of negative commentary.
10. The crush
This mostly applies to the ladies. This type of fan supports the team because there is a “hot” player in the team…most went for Walcott’s cuteness or Henry’s sexy demeanor among others. Most of these fans have since grown tired of Walcott and has moved on to Chelsea in such of a certain Hazard or to Newcastle to see a certain Ben Arfa.
11. The real fan
This fan is a realist. He/she has some Arsenal regalia…jerseys, arm bands, maybe a cup or a cap just not in excess. This fan wears Arsenal regalia on match day only. This fan appreciates a win and accepts a loss with dignity. Compliments where deserved and criticizes once in a while when necessary. He/she knows about the team; the injuries, the formation, goals and assists per player, player positions and other football related information. He/she follows the Arsenal football information and nothing else. This is the best person to have a football discussion with. They agree when a win is deserved and agree when it is undeserved. This fan is as faithful as a dog and still has hope of a trophy eight years on. He accepts the team with its strengths and weaknesses.
Quite the fan base ha? Where do you belong?