Episode 50 – Akhil Vyas

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by regular contributor and old friend Yoni, as well as Arsenal Supporters Trust Board member Akhil Vyas, to discuss the consequences of Arsenal’s Europa League exit at the hands of Villarreal and the recent European Super League debacle.

Icebreaker:

Akhil works in social media and more recently has been dedicated in that endeavor to the conservation of water; but taking water off of the table, literally, the group name the drink that they would have for the rest of their lives if they could only pick one.

On Akhil’s Arsenal Fandom and his Role on the Arsenal Supporters Trust Board:

Akhil took a very proactive role in his youth when it came to supporting Arsenal. Inspired by their great sides in the 90’s and in particular by Ian Wright, Akhil took it upon himself to research how to attend games and get involved with the club from an early age.

As for Akhil’s role as a member of the Arsenal Supporters Trust Board, his involvement with the fan-led organization also began in his youth. Now as a board member, Akhil is extremely proud of the role that the AST plays and in conjunction with the work done by the Football Supporters Association (FSA) he has been able to genuinely and authentically represent the Arsenal fanbase over the years.

Regarding social media and on the subject of the recent ‘black out’ held by numerous high profile accounts across the platforms, most notably Twitter, Akhil thinks that behind the scenes there has been some improvement in the platforms’ fight against tackling online abuse, however he believes that it’s a long road ahead with much room for improvement still and that ultimately a lot of the moral responsibility falls on the users as individuals as well.

“Haway Which Lads?!”:

Yoni selects a fixture from the past and the group have to name the starting XIs for both sides. That game in particular was Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on the 19th May 2013. A win that saw the Gunners qualify for Europe’s elite tournament for the 16th year in a row.

On Arsenal’s Recent (mis)Fortunes:

The group discuss the 2nd leg of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final tie against ex-Gunner boss Unai Emery’s Villarreal and Akhil weighs in with his thoughts on the consequences of a loss for Arsenal.

Akhil gives his opinion on where it’s gone wrong for Arsenal this season under Arteta and where the potential solutions lie for the club’s under-fire manager.

On the astronomic failure that was Arsenal’s involvement in the proposed European Super League, Akhil pinpoints the mistakes that were made and also describes his pride in the manner of the protests held by Arsenal fans and supporters of other clubs involved in the shambolic ESL.

Traitor XI Team Builder:

On the subject of betrayal, the group names a starting eleven comprised of footballers who crossed the most bitter of divides between rival clubs.

GK: Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United and Manchester City)
RB: Glen Johnson (West Ham United and Chelsea)
CB: Sol Campbell (Tottenham and Arsenal)
CB: Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United and Manchester United)
LB: Ashley Cole (Arsenal and Chelsea)
RM: Luís Figo (Barcelona and Real Madrid)
CM: Steven Defour ( Standard Liege and Anderlecht)
CM: Lassana Diarra (Chelsea and Arsenal AND Marseille and PSG)
LM: Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich)
ST: Carlos Tevez (Manchester United and Manchester City)
ST: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal and Manchester City AND Tottenham)

Special Mentions – William Gallas (Chelsea and Arsenal AND Tottenham), Aleksander Kolarov (Lazio and AS Roma), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille and PSG AND tried to move from Manchester United to Liverpool), David Bentley (Arsenal and Tottenham), Frank Lampard (West Ham United and Chelsea AND Manchester City), Robin Van Persie (Arsenal and Manchester United) and R9 Ronaldo (Inter Milan and AC Milan AND Barcelona and Real Madrid)

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