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The Media And Arsenal

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.

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  1. Lets hope they dont break Jack

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  2. Nice repost on cryuff HUNTER 13.
    enjoyed the videos from yesterday too… 😉
    Good to have you back FRANK..

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  3. Long long wait before ARSENAL play again. has NIKI B opened his mouth again?? Never mind the boos son. Just play and do you best ffs. You won’t get many more chances.

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  4. Just home now,
    havent seen the england game but I can guess,
    no effort from fat frank or milner in midfield.

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  5. hunter
    your the expert here, but i disagree with the american english translation.

    what Cryuff said
    “Voetballen is heel simpel, maar het moeilijkste wat er is, is simpel voetballen.”
    what Cryuff meant in proper English
    football is very simple, but the hardest thing there is, is simple football.
    the other translation was shite.

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  6. The French won’t recover from 2-0 down.
    Not in Paris, with no real home support.

    The Irishman in me will enjoy their suffering this time, though.
    The French don’t have a word for schadenfreude.

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  7. Sanchez would fit right in to the current team nicely.

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  8. Great article. Great replies.

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  9. Jack did well last night. He needs game time , I think. How he managed to resist nutting the Jones boy is beyond me though. Must have the patience of Job (pronounced Jobe or Joab, not Job, well what I mean is it is spelt Job but not pronounced Job, although in Aramaic it is probably pronounced Dave).

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  10. Jack is not the messiah,
    he’s just a very naught boy.

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  11. a very very naughty boy

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  12. the interesting thing about this post and the last England game was the how it illustrated every point and gave it validation, if it ever needed it. Before the match the press was saying about how Roy had to give new players and new partnerships a chance and how the main point of the match was to learn lessons. of course afterwards it was how we were given a footballing lesson, in should of been 10 -0 , we are the worst team in the world, we shouldn’t have the audacity to turn up to the world cup and Roy was wrong on everything.
    I see one report that suggested we shouldn’t of played Chile as they’re to good. the press really are in fantasy land they truly believe the masses will take in everything they produce( ok so there is an amazing amount of sheep about ) even if they are making it all up as they go along and have to convince themselves first.

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  13. Well FRANK
    being a man fluent in ARAMAIC I can tell you the pronunciation is something like AYUOOB. believe it or not..

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  14. In fact my cousin is named after his character in the old testament.

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  15. congratulations to sir szcz on his new contract. well deserved.
    i wonder if some people still want to swap him with hart.
    now arsene, give bac a contract and make this year our best in a long while.

    there is no need to crucify jack for england’s poor showing. they were set out never to win the match and lost ,they did. most of the players they use are average at best and not used to playing together. even the best 11 of england will strugle against chile.
    rodrigues, lallalan, bains, jones, cahill, cant defeat chile.

    ozil to be rested in germany’s next game against england. hopefully mart and wilshere as well. hope they all come back safe.

    i really pity kos. even though i didnt see the match, i want him to do well for himself especially when playing without mart by his side. i hope it doesnt affect his confidence and concentration for rest of the season.

    congratulation to nigeria!

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  16. talking about the media, where are those who castigated wenger for buying mertesacker instead of cahill?

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  17. Or instead of Samba and Roger Johnson

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  18. Now there is a coincidence, goonerkam. Would you describe your cousin as odd?

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  19. Why would you fuck Cahill when you can make love with Mertesacker? Sorry guys I mean, fuck Cahill, love Mertesacker.

    Damn it really takes me a week to get back on my feet after losing to manure.

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  20. Yes PG, Johnston should be Rogered, but I don’t see a a line of volunteers queuing up.

    Just Ashley.

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  21. Goonerkam, that’s a handy skill to have in Hollywood.
    Mel Gibson would be impressed!

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  22. Poor Jack,
    Put in midfield beside work-shy wankers fat Frank and Milner, what was he supported to do?
    Fuckers Stevie g and carrack managed to dodge the call up too.

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  23. Good news everyone!

    Arsenal have just singed a world class goalkeeper on a long term contract.

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  24. Ramsey too ill to play for Wales today.
    Anyone know more about this?

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  25. Hahaha FRANK @ 809
    yes indeed. AYUOOB was the nutter in his younger days. That is until he got married. His wife has done an admirable job in reining him in.
    DC @ 1109
    you are right only if I had any respect for MEL as an actor or a director or the the cult he and his family belong to. As it is , I don’t. Except maybe MAD MAX. its been downhill for him ever since.
    Now if kubrick or scorcecy were to approach me I would definitely consider the project.

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  26. Ramsey has a two week rest. It seems like he caught a bout of the “fuck your meaningless friendly” virus.

    It sucks that Santi is playing in South Africa on Tuesday. I hope he’s not too jet lagged for Saturday.

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  27. Goonerkam
    I hope you know I was kidding,
    Mad Mel is more nuts than squirrel shit.

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  28. i just hate this shit about cazorla and spain. he doesnt play gor them in crucial and important matches only them to take him to pluto and the eskimos to play the full 90 mins in some meaningless games.
    he is been with them a long time and not as if they dont know his ability. arsenal need to protest against this.

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  29. i just hate this shit about cazorla and spain. he doesnt play for them in crucial and important matches only them to take him to pluto and the eskimos to play the full 90 mins in some meaningless games.
    he is been with them a long time and not as if they dont know his ability. arsenal need to protest against this.

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  30. DC
    Madder than squirrel shit is the consciences in this town . He has been caught drink and drug driving a few times and on one occasion he verbally assaulted the arresting officer for having a Jewish last name. To top it all off the Russian woman he was with took him to the cleaners in a bitter public separation. The feeling is any future projects he works on will be his own as no other individuals and companies are willing to put their name next to his due to some very toxic beliefs and statements he has made in the past. He has a few friends still and very lucky he is wealthy enough to have his own production company. ” he is finished” as they say here in Hollywood land.
    I wonder if RYO featured in the 2-2 the Japanese played against the Dutch.

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  31. aaahhh! sorry for the double post. important nevertheless.

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  32. No news of injuries that I can see. Thank goodness….

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  33. Not much any club can do if the player is intent on playing for his national team, im afraid.

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  34. Have a read of this
    http://thegoonerramble.com/2013/11/the-fatal-flaws-of-well-a-genius/
    I have visited the site and made some comments.Some of you might like to do similar.

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  35. Just a few comments, George? I am yet to read the drivel. Not ready to spoil my day.

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  36. The dolt admits he was tired and drunk when he wrote this? It doesn’t warrant my time.

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  37. I like the guy who’s site it is,not this author.

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  38. OK George.

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  39. “dolt” I like that word. Could I use it as in “dolt blogger” If so I will find plenty of use for it!

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  40. Santi needs game time to become sharper anyway. What worries me is the traveling time. SA is a twelve hour flight away from London. Why the hell couldn’t they have this game somewhere in Europe?

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  41. The reality is that people were wrong to want him out ,and had totally failed to understand the circumstances.Now these people are trying to justify their “wrongness.”

    I love you, Georgie.

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  42. Oh dear.

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  43. I does read like a drunkards rambling. Way to put your foot in your mouth fellow.
    Where would we be if AW had decided four five years ago that he had enough and moved away? Where would the club be right now? Where would these idiots be that caused his departure??
    We love you AW!!!!!
    LONG LIVE & PROSPER….

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  44. It has been a difficult international break for fans but reading the Sunday sports pages suggests the journos have had a grim week

    Nevertheless there appears some very insightful and original journalism – some of the most noteworthy examples;

    “England are not very good” and “England not likely to win World Cup”

    I stand in awe of that sort of sharp incisive analysis

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