Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones wishes more footballers would speak their mind and tell fans what they actually think.
After Arsenal throwing away a two goal lead at Upton Park against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, many Gunners fans would have been incredibly disappointed at their second half display. Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin has now come out and said that the team let Arsene Wenger down by blowing it at the weekend and that they were simply not good enough. Isn’t it incredibly refreshing in current times to see some players showing some honesty, and would you prefer if managers and players actually said what they really felt all the time instead of keeping their cards close to their chest?
Arsenal’s fans, players and manager alike would have been disappointed by their result at the weekend and they will be looking to make sure that when they are in control of matches they press home their advantage. After the game the team could have easily blamed refereeing decisions for both of West Ham’s goals, and hidden their bad second half performance behind the controversial decisions that Chris Foy made. But instead, midfielder Arshavin has told the media that the players themselves are to blame for the result and actually said what he thinks.
Russian international Arshavin said in The Sun that “not only me, all the team are unhappy about it. We got what we deserved with our performance. We are very upset indeed. Such results do not add positive emotions to the players, the manager or our fans.” It is refreshing to hear what a player actually thinks as they are human and they are allowed to say that the draw was a blow for the team. By saying they played badly, the team can now move on from Sunday and make sure that their future performances are of a much higher standard. Surely all football fans would prefer their players to show some honesty instead of coming out with the usual clichés at the end of matches?
Arshavin is never afraid to speak his mind, as last season he said that Lee Mason was wrong to award a penalty to Arsenal in their 3-0 victory over Portsmouth. If more players were like Arshavin and actually said what they thought then post-match interviews would be much more interesting and English football would be better for it. Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has also previously given approval to his own fans booing when they don’t play well. Fabregas said in the Official Programme early in the season that “when we don’t play well you let us know. I like it because as a player you always want to be pushed.”
So the players want the fans to be honest and surely the fans want the players to be honest, so why is it so rare that they are? I think that players and managers should follow Arshavin’s lead and show some honesty by speaking their mind, as at the moment it is an unusual but refreshing occurrence. It would certainly liven up post-match interviews wouldn’t it?