10 reasons why everyone hates... Arsenal

Tottenham fan Seb Stafford-Bloor vents his ire at the Gunners as our series continues

Please note: Tottenham have got the return treatment, so no, we aren't just picking on you. Oh, and the below doesn't necessarily represent the views of FourFourTwo. Enjoy... 

1. Arsenal Fan TV

They have (perhaps inadvertently) set the template for affected anger, constructed characters and the preposterous melodrama

Trickier than it seems, because Arsenal Fan TV is not solely responsible for the ridiculousness it bred – and, realistically, nor can it be held accountable for television companies cynically entering the market in an attempt to monetise supporter frustrations.

However, they are the industry's Oppenheimer. While giving a voice to supporters should be incontestably good, they have (perhaps inadvertently) set the template for affected anger, constructed characters and the preposterous melodrama which now pulses daily through the game's fan communities.

The more ridiculous you are, the more famous you might become.

2. #WengerOut

Arsenal bounce between tragedy and glory without pausing in between, and there is never a point at which Wenger is treated as anything other than a genius or heretic

The binary football debate that interests nobody but which is still contested as fiercely as ever. Every weekend there are snarky micro-skirmishes, with the winning and losing of individual games used as ultimate vindication of long-standing positions. Arsenal bounce between tragedy and glory without pausing in between, and there is never a point at which Arsene Wenger is treated as anything other than a genius or heretic.

"How's the Wenger Out campaign going?" tweets at least one broadsheet journalist after every routine home win. "Where's the crisis?" shouts another, inevitably before the mini-collapse which ends another title dream.

There can be no compromise, no ground must ever be conceded and the only force capable of ending this war is death itself.

Arsene Wenger

"Quick! Do it now he's turned his back!"

3. Invincible?

While unquestionably a wonderful season from a brilliant team, it's still one which has been redacted favourably over time

Two teams in English football history have been described as "Invincible": Preston North End in the 1888/89 season and 2003/04's Arsenal.

And pedantry time: while Preston won the Football League that year and lifted the FA Cup without conceding a goal, Arsenal – while surviving the league season undefeated – lost in the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United, were beaten by Middlesbrough in the League Cup at the same stage and were eliminated by Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final.

While unquestionably a wonderful season from a brilliant team, it's still one which has been redacted favourably over time.

4. This...

All of the fanbase's curious neuroses captured in a few sensational Twitter seconds.

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