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Everything about Arsenal fans and supporters

Wed 29 December 2021 | 5:30

We have talked about Arsenal over and over again on every occasion that we could but we haven't really got the chance to talk about the fans, their songs, and traditions. But today we are going to make it up to Arsenal supporters; welcome to everything about Arsenal fans and supporters.

Arsenal Football Club

, situated in London, has amassed a sizable fan base since its inception in 1886. Arsenal supporters have been referred to as Gooners since the 1980s, a derivative of the team's nickname, the "Gunners."

Many fanzines, blogs, podcasts, and fan websites have been devoted to the club, and its supporters have long-standing rivalries with a number of other teams, the most noteworthy of which being the North London derby with

Tottenham Hotspur

.

The club and its supporters have often appeared in depictions of football in British culture, although Gunners supporters hail from all over the globe; a 2005 research estimated Arsenal's worldwide following to be 112 million, the world's third-largest.

Arsenal's fandom is believed to reach 100 million globally, according to a September 2011 study, making them the third-largest club in terms of followers.

This teams supporters have long been characterized for their displeasure with their club, which they seem to feel – and express. The usual low-level grumbling may sometimes emerge, with harsh judgments and unpleasant sentiments being expressed.

Arsenal supporters, on the other hand, have a reputation for being difficult to please. Antagonism was seen even during moments of prosperity.

The title-winning teams of 1953 and 1971 had similar experiences. Even the man behind the renowned 1930s team victories was targeted: Herbert Chapman grumbled about the "boo-boys," and title-winning George Graham was chastised for his player selection and tactical technique.

Arsenal supporters were the first Premier League fans to be able to purchase percentages of a stake in the club via a "fanshare" program in 2010, granting them access to shareholders' meetings. There are also a number of celebrities among

famous Arsenal fans

which we will get to later in this article.

A compendious article of everything about Arsenal fans and supporters

This article will be all about the fan base of Arsenal, starting from their rivalries, the basic meaning of fan to fan clash, their songs which they sing in the stadium and because of its loudness it can even be heard through the television broadcast, traditions, and controversies.

We will also meet some of the most

famous Arsenal fans

who are active either in other sport branches or entirely different fields.

Without further ado let us hop into the article.

Arsenal fan rivalries

Famous Arsenal fans

have always been there to support their beloved club, especially in derbies and matches against clubs from London.

Arsenal's longest-running and most bitter rivalry is with Tottenham Hotspur, their closest significant rivals, with matches between the two, termed

the North London derby

.

Arsenal also has a rivalry with Chelsea, which is regarded as a key derby in west London. Furthermore, Arsenal and Manchester United have had a strong on-pitch rivalry since the late 1980s, which grew in the 1990s when both teams started to compete for the Premier League championship on a regular basis. 

According to a 2003 online poll, Arsenal supporters loathe Tottenham the most, followed by

Manchester United

and Chelsea, despite the fact that both Chelsea and Spurs fans see Arsenal as their biggest opponent.

Arsenal fan songs

Every team has its own song, which the fans sing in the streets or in the stadiums over and over again during the match day. The famous singer Adele filmed herself singing a song for Tottenham hotspur and posted it on Instagram. What songs do famous Arsenal fans sing?

Arsenal fans sing "One-Nil to the Arsenal" (to the tune of "Go West"), as well as "Who's that team they call the Arsenal," "Good Old Arsenal" (to the tune of "Rule, Britannia!"), and "We're the North Bank/Clock End Highbury" on a regular basis.

The supporters frequently sing "Boring, Boring Arsenal," a self-deprecating allusion to Arsenal's image as an exceedingly defensive, conservative club in the 1970s and 1980s.

Arsenal fans traditions

There are a number of commemorations which supporters and famous Arsenal fans perform and in this part we are going to talk about them.

The notion of Saint Totteringham's Day was initially presented on the fan website arseweb.com in 2002. It's the day that Arsenal has accumulated enough points to mathematically guarantee that they will finish ahead of Tottenham in the league standings.

Although there are hints that the notion has existed since 2005, it was initially stated (mistakenly as 'St. Totteridge') in an Arsenal official match program in 2007. The festival was first recognized by mainstream media on St. Totteringham's Day 2010, with coverage in the BBC and The Guardian publications.

The unofficial 'holiday' hasn't happened since 2017, when Tottenham's 2–0 victory over Arsenal on April 30 secured that Spurs would finish top in the league for the first time in 22 years.

Wearing a yellow ribbon, or symbolism relating to yellow ribbons or the color yellow is a Wembley Stadium custom frequently associated with Arsenal (or other cup finals). It's considered to have started in the 1950s and 1970s when Arsenal enjoyed a lot of success and even made it to the FA Cup Final.

Fans performed a variation of "Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon" as a chant in honor of Arsenal's distinctive yellow uniform. Originally a 1917 US army poem, it was made famous in 1949 by the film 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,' starring John Wayne, in which the Andrews Sisters sang the song. Since then, it has become part of a fan legend.

Arsenal fans controversies

Over the years, Arsenal supporters have been engaged in a number of incidences of racial and homophobic abuse during games. They've been accused of producing homophobic and racist chants and materials intended towards Ashley Cole, an ex-Arsenal left-back.

Arsenal confirmed in 2018 that they were investigating "discriminatory and aggressive" supporter behavior during a match against Tottenham Hotspur. Fans were said to have hissed and screamed about "gassing Jews" (an allusion to the gas chambers used during the Holocaust).

Antisemitic abuse has long been a problem at Arsenal and Tottenham matches, owing to the latter's historic ties to North London's Jewish population. Fans have also been chastised for continuing to scream "Yid" throughout their chants.

Granit Xhaka

was racially insulted by Arsenal season ticket holders online, according to a 2021 probe. Hector Bellerin was subjected to homophobic insults, according to the same report. After transferring to Manchester City, former Arsenal player Emmanuel Adebayor claimed he was racially assaulted by supporters who sang about his father cleaning elephants.

After a Snapchat video filmed during a Europa League match revealed a supporter using the n-word, Arsenal opened an inquiry into racial abuse thrown against Napoli defender

Kalidou Koulibaly

in 2019. The club promised to discover and remove the person.

After referring to South Korean Tottenham midfielder Son Heung-min as a "DVD," a racist slur that is a reference to selling illicit CDs, an Arsenal Fan TV analyst was fired from the station. 

After being accused of diving to earn a penalty during a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha claims he received racial abuse and threats to his family on social media. The Football Association opened an investigation into accusations that an Arsenal supporter had racially assaulted Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote in February 2013.

Arsenal famous fans and supporters

Time for a

list of celebrity Arsenal fans

and let us warn you that you are about to meet some popular faces.

Queen Elizabeth II

First on the list of celebrity Arsenal fans is the royal highness herself.

Queen Elizabeth II reigns over the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth countries. When Elizabeth's father died in February 1952, she was 25 years old and became Queen Regent of seven sovereign Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, as well as Commonwealth Head.

The Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom's accession to the European Communities, the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, Canadian patriation, and Africa's decolonization have all occurred during Elizabeth's reign as a constitutional monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II has been linked to a variety of causes throughout the years. The Queen is currently considered to be a

West Ham United

supporter.

The reigning queen is assumed to have kept quiet about her side in order to stay impartial, but it has now been revealed that she adored the club as far back as the 1960s.

However, after meeting

Arsene Wenger

at a Buckingham Palace event in 2007, it's assumed the Queen has a soft spot for Arsenal. She is said to have been very pleased by Cesc Fabregas after speaking with him.

Benedict Cumberbatch

It seems really strange to see the actor of doctor strange here among the famous Arsenal fans.

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch CB is an actor from the United Kingdom. He has garnered several awards over his career, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a British Academy Television Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award, for his performances on stage and television.

For Frankenstein, Cumberbatch got a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, and for Sherlock, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

He was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal in The Imitation Game (2014), all for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

He earned a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Patrick Melrose in the five-part drama miniseries.

He has done nothing that big for the club but deep in his heart, he is a Gooner.

Rihanna

The fan-favorite singer is also one of the famous Arsenal fans and shines like a diamond among many people who love this team.

Rihanna was found by American record producer Evan Rogers, who brought her to the United States to make demo recordings.

She was born in Saint Michael and reared in Bridgetown, Barbados. She quickly rose to prominence after signing with Def Jam in 2005, releasing her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006), both of which were inspired by Caribbean music and charted in the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 list.

This singer has been photographed with the Arsenal players and is a die-hard supporter of the club.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z) is an American rapper, composer, record executive, businessman, and media mogul. His real name is Shawn Corey Carter.

He is generally considered as one of the most important hip-hop musicians of all time, as well as the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, where he helped develop key industry stars like Kanye West, Rihanna, and J. Cole.

Jay-Z has expressed his support for Arsenal FC, stating that he has been a fan for some years.

Last year, the rapper's allegiance for Arsenal was questioned as he was spotted as a guest of

Manchester City

at the City Of Manchester Stadium, where the club defeated their London rivals 4-2.

However, Jay-Z has recently acknowledged that he is a Gunner and one of the famous Arsenal fans in an interview with Arsenal Magazine.

Fidel Castro

This list of famous Arsenal fans also consists of people whose name has been written in the history books.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban revolutionary, lawyer, and politician who led the country from 1959 to 2008, serving as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. He was born in Havana, Cuba. He was a Marxist–Leninist and a Cuban patriot, and he served as the Communist Party of Cuba's first secretary from 1961 to 2011.

Cuba became a one-party communist state under his presidency; industry and business were nationalized, and state socialist reforms were enacted across the board.

Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro, who died in April 2011, was an avid

Arsenal

supporter. Castro has supported Arsenal since the 1970s and was reportedly refused access to the stadium where the European Winner's Cup final was held in 1993/94 owing to the fact that he was carrying a handgun.

Diego Maradona

Let us finish the list of celebrity Arsenal fans with a familiar face to the football lovers.

Diego Armando Maradona was

an Argentine footballer

who also served as a manager. He was one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award.

He is widely recognized as one of the finest players in the history of the sport. Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling talents were paired with his short size, which allowed him to move better than most other players due to his low center of gravity.

He had a good eye for goal and was a free-kick expert, in addition to his creative ability. Maradona earned the moniker "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy") early in his career as a result of his exceptional skill. He also had a tumultuous off-field life, being banned in 1991 and 1994 for drug abuse.

"I am a fan of Arsenal when I am in England," 

Maradona remarked

 in 2008, enlisting himself as a Gunner and one of the most famous Arsenal fans.

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