'I hate Piers Morgan', one Arsenal fan said in the pub last night, 'He's not a proper Arsenal fan!'.
'He is a fan', pointed out another, 'But I wish he wasn't'.
'Why couldn't he support Chelsea ?', the old guy wearing the Bergkamp shirt said. 'Morgan and Chelsea are a proper fit'.
Morgan started off the season in a foul mood, after Arsenal's opening day defeat to Aston Villa. 'This Arsenal team will be lucky to come 6th, based on this performance. Just the harsh, obvious reality', he Tweeted.
'Bring on Rooney, Suarez, Higuain, Fellaini, Gustavo... oh wait, we didn't sign anyone did we? What a farce this is', he continued.
And despite going on an excellent run and topping the Premier League for much of the season, Morgan was still complaining last month on Arsenal's lack of activity in the January transfer window:
'If Wenger doesn't sign a top striker this transfer window, we won't win the League (and yes, save this tweet and send me it in May)'.
The 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool also saw Morgan in fine form: 'This is the moment our season collapsed. It's about the usual time......We had £200m to spend in January and bought someone I'd never heard of, who's injured for 6 weeks. Wenger, you BLEW IT AGAIN'.
Now although Arsenal fans are quick to pour scorn on Morgan and his opinions, in some ways he is one of the club's biggest assets - at least in the sense that he has become the focus of ire, often distracting attention away from the shortcomings of the players and the Arsenal manager. Arsenal fans circle the wagons around their club where Morgan is concerned - even when he might be right.
Arsenal have 3 massive games in the next 7 days, and these games will most certainly go a long way to defining the club's season. If Arsenal do implode again in February, Morgan will have been proved correct - but in the meantime, by taking a lot of criticism himself and becoming the focus of anger, he has at least enabled club Arsenal the opportunity to push for silverware with fewer distractions.