In a game that saw little action for either goalie, it was the hilarious Wenger dance that livened up the crowds. Sadly the ever predictable Fleet Street contingent chose to concentrate on the boos that Ramsey received with lazy one liners on Twitter bereft of any context whatsoever that only sought to incite ignorant public outrage.
Doing the Wenger...
Was Ramsey booed? Yes he was (along with every other Arsenal player) Why was he booed? Because he refused to accept Shawcross' apology, he said the player had gone out to leave his mark, he stood by and watched Ryan's name dragged through the mud knowing a simple acknowledgement would put it bed, that's why he was booed. It's important to point out that he wasn't booed from the start, it was only after the anti Shawcross chants, followed by Ramsey alledgedly putting his thumb up to the crowd in encouragement that they started - did any of the articles mention that? Of course not.
Wenger was quick to condemn the Stoke fans as 'hateful', seemingly oblivious that our behaviour is a product of his own. I find it difficult to believe that 'The Professor' is so stupid he can't see that the treatment he and his team get every time we play them is as a result of his words and actions. He has criticised the club from the first time he lost to us and hasn't shut up since, much like he expects teams to roll over quietly when his side visits, he expects much the same from the crowd. This isn't the Emirates though, we have a voice, and we use it, especially when we're under attack.
It's a shame that he isn't so quick to condemn the anti Shawcross chants, or those directed at Adebayor - 'It should have been you' in response to the tragic Togo shootings, or the homophobic chants towards Ashley Cole - I could go on, but no doubt his selective hearing would kick in.
The responses from the press really disappointed me, we had people on Twitter, well respected people (or they used to be) making idiotic comments who weren't even there, who know the facts of the incident and indeed its aftermath, stirring up negative emotion, the exact thing they were seeking to condemn, the irony was clearly lost on them. One reporter even brought Muamba's heart condition into it to up the ante….there are no words.
So it goes on and on then, and whilst those who should know better peddle their agendas it shows no sign of abating and whether they are deliberately inciteful or simply ignorant, neither are an excuse to wring every last paper sale from an incident that I'm sure both players would like to forget.
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