This might come as a surprise to many of you, but I quite often get into arguments on twitter. I used to get into spats in the comment section of blogs too, until the ringmaster put an abrupt end to that bit of fun. The problem is that I tend to resort to sarcasm , abuse and mockery. I do this because on the whole most of the people I spat with base their arguments on no logic or perspective. Its just opinion and often opinion based on ignorance and misinformation.
People form opinions based on their limited knowledge (me included btw) then look to events for confirmation that their opinion was indeed correct. Obviously any event that challenges our opinion are, at best, given little weight, and usually completely ignored.
I want to look at how this has worked of late.
For quite some time people have been asking for a defensive midfielder. A real physical specimen that concentrates on breaking up play . You know the type, Maticesque.
So in Francis Coquelin we got one( Lets ignore that he is not a physical specimen and is in fact nothing like Matic ) Results improve. So, this is confirmation to these people that their opinion was correct.
Because results improved when Coquelin entered the fray,they were right , Arteta was shit and they know their stuff.
However, this is simply bollocks.
Before we cart on, I should say I do think he has helped to some degree or other.But lets look at what is ignored and how this logic is flawed.
With this logic you could easily say ” Results have improved since Bellerin replaced Debuchy” or “Results have improved since Jack got injured”. I could even confirm such stupidity with “As soon as Jack played we lost to Swansea”.
There is no way anyone can say that with Arteta in this team, results would not have been better. Equally there is no way we can know if they would have been worse.
Its fine to have one opinion or the other, but its rubbish to point to events and say they are proof of an opinion being right.
The reality is that results improved because of many events.
Giroud, Ozil, Ramsey and Koscielny all came back around the time Coquelin was drafted in. Those four are absolutely the spine of the team. We know this because they are constants when fit.
See what I did? I confirmed my opinion with the recent selections.I ignored Sanchez bedding in, Bellerin being introduced , Santi finding a rich vein of form and many other circumstances.
This is what we do. We look for confirmation .
In other words, on the whole, we all talk bollocks.