As we’ve sat there and suffered this season, we’ve seen lip-service from Jack, RvP, Cesc and Nasri all using Twitter to “get closer to the fans”.
Regardless of the continuing unrest in the fan-base, we have seen our season falter and end with us in 4th place.
After every defeat, every win, every draw our player’s hit Twitter with their thoughts, with their apologies and promises to do better. No doubt bombarded shortly after by messages from fans and opposition fans voicing their opinions. Fan expectation is more personal than ever before with fans being able to directly contact, converse and therefore have an effect on the players mental state, even if they take it with a pinch of salt, sub-consciously it must affect them. It puts the player’s under more pressure than ever, they are not protected in a manager-guarded bubble any more.
Does it make our players feel more accountable for their actions on the pitch? Do they work harder knowing that they will get battered by the fans if they don’t perform as they should?
Should Arsenal ban Twitter? By banning it would it make the problem go away? Our player’s need to be able to connect more with us as fans and have a greater understanding of how we feel but is Twitter a step too far?
Personally, I think it should be banned by Arsenal, it is an unnecessary distraction and the player’s should be relaxing between games, not spending endless hours talking rubbish and posting daft pictures. On the flip-side of that, they are human and as such they should be able to spend their free-time as they wish as long as it doesn’t harm anyone then why the hell not let them on it.
I’d love to hear what you guys think.