Today we have a guest post by@Swales1968
Another international brake so it gives us a chance to look back at the season so far and to where Arsenal are in the grand scheme of the Premier League & Europe.
As we know Arsenal are top by two points, I have read and listened to many who bemoan the fact that Arsenal to get into this position have played nobody of real substance within the PL and that most of the team are in the bottom half of the table. This may be true but, could not the case be that to be in the position of the bottom half of the table is a part result of Arsenal beating these teams?
What has struck me more this season more than most is the hypocrisy of the media, not so much the usual eight years thing and Arsenal must win a trophy but the way they look at Arsenal and judge and then look at other clubs and judge them differently? Arsenal are top of the league but are only there because we have not played any of the top teams but Liverpool beat a Fulham side who are not playing for the manager and all of a sudden they are strong title contenders. Arsenal loses against Manchester United and its “they can’t be called title contenders”.
Steven Howards article in the sun yesterday (sorry can’t get a link) was a whitewash and Ian Herberts “David Moyes’ decision not to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid justified by the German’s invisible show at Old Trafford” both totally overlook and ignore the situation of injuries and the illness that swept through Arsenal before this game. I am not saying it should be used as an excuse but it has a contributing factor in the result and therefore must be mentioned. The hypocrisy continues through Match of the Day (do I need to go over Alan ‘I’m not bitter’ Hanson’s and Alan ‘interesting’ Shearer’s comments) and those on TalkSport again I don’t think I need to go over Durham, Gough, the Chelsea one in the afternoon, Alan ‘I didn’t watch the game but I thought’ Brazil’s comments.
I know what some will say “if you don’t like it turn off or don’t read it” and to a great extent I have but, I do watch MotD as I like to sit down on a Saturday night and watch all the goals from the day. Talksport annoys the **** out of me I drive for a living and in the evenings I like to listen to talk radio programs most of the time I can get LBC in my van and that great but a lot of the time I am in an area that loses LBC and so its Talksport most of the time it is utter garbage they speak but, once in a while they have a guest on who talks like it is, no agenda, no saying stupid things to get you to call in, no shouting and talking over the callers (yes that’s you Stan Collymore) and when this happens it’s great radio. I love sports and especially football, why should I have to limit what I read and listen to because of agenda driven hypocrisy from presenters and writers.
The Sun at the weekend printed a headline about Ozil and what he said he wanted to do to Manchester United, well I read that article and blow me if I could see where he said that headline the same can be said for the Arshavin quote about the Arsenal fans, the media are writing their own headlines to fit an agenda driven by its writers against Arsenal. They have spent so many years criticising Arsenal, Wenger and the board that they are scared of being proved wrong. The other disappointing thing about this media witch hunt is that so many Arsenal fans are eager to lap it up and agree with it without looking into the actual background of what has been happening within the club. Arsenal has now found themselves in a great position one that the media don’t want Arsenal to be in because it goes against everything they write about. Arsenal ARE a club in crisis after one loss against Villa, how’s that then?
Arsenal are a well run club that like any good business has worked hard through a time of austerity to come out the other side and now we are hopefully reaping the benefit of this with signings like that of Ozil. A quick point on the Ozil deal how many other players signed this summer had when discussing their wages bonuses added to them, all I heard was Ozil wages will be two hundred thousand with bonuses. I do not remember any other player’s wages being talked about like this in the media.
Arsenal worked hard and gained a good win out in Dortmund last week and what credit do we receive from the media “Arsenal stole the points” & “Arsenal parked the bus” my favourite was Durham on dive time “Arsenal are just the Stoke of Europe” (had to laugh at that) whereas Manchester United “gain a hard fought point in Spain”.
Arsenal Football Club are top of the league by two points not because they have not played anybody but because they have won and drawn enough games to put them there. Arsenal have played scintillating football and at times Arsenal have had their backs to the wall to get the points or point, yes they have lost two games but is that any worse than the situation Manchester City or Chelsea find themselves in but they are not in crisis they are not ‘not title contenders’. Arsenal has had credit from the media but it’s always tempered with a ‘but’ or a ‘what if’. In the end we will have to wait and see after Arsenal has played every team home and away where they will finish in the league.