Last season Arsenal fans pretty much became their own caricatures.
Gooners have become so predictable that, if you’re not already an Arsenal fan, it’s pretty easy to pretend to be one.
Why would you pretend to be an Arsenal fan, I hear you ask?
Perhaps you have Gooner that you need to impress (we do have trouble managing our expectations), or, perhaps given how terrible the 2016/17 season was up in until the FA Cup final against Chelsea, you, a Gooner, have actually forgotten how to be an Arsenal fan.
You might be wandering around questioning whether Thierry Henry was really THAT good, or maybe you recently resisted the urge to shout “What do you think of s**t?!” in public.
You might even be considering taking up a weekend hobby. Something healthy, like the gym or swimming. Instead of watching football next season.
Well, stop that.
Fake it ’til you make it, they say.
Here are 12 ways to fake being an Arsenal fan.
12. Wenger in/out/shake it all about
Choose a stance on whether Arsene Wenger should have signed his new two-year deal and stick to it.
If you believe he should have left, just keep stating that it’s ‘time for change’; if not, bring up what he’s done for Arsenal Football Club.
Your safest bet is just to sit on the fence and acknowledge both.
11. The referee’s a w**ker!
Referees appear to love d**king over Arsenal. Therefore, as a fan, you get used to hating them pretty early on.
While watching a game, whether on TV or in person, every once in a while, just shout, “OI REF’!” and you should be fine.
10. Hello darkness, my old friend
9. Walk the walk
Go to the Emirates. What’s more convincing that that? Perhaps try and avoid the away end.
8. Know your enemy
7. Arsenal ‘fan’ TV
6. Know your enemy 2.0
5. Arsenal’s trophy cabinet
4. Find a sense of humour
3. Banner brigade
You’re never too old for arts and crafts.
If you really want to be taken seriously as an Arsenal fan, print out a sign either saying ‘Wenger in’ or ‘Wenger out’ on it.
Preferably use a different front for each letter and don’t make it bigger than A4, then, wave that bad boy around at the next match you attend.
2. Be drunk
It helps if you’re drunk most of the time. This sorts the die-hard fans from the part-timers.
1. Know the songs
Arsenal songs are important. Especially if you’re in public – other people love that.
Also, it helps to know the words of certain chants at games. Just make sure you’re chanting for a player who’s actually on the pitch/still at the club.