I am a lover not a fighter, but if one more pundit slags off Arsenal…
Ok so hey,I think it’s time I actually introduced myself, I’m James, a Leeds lad brought up around the blood and thunder football of Leeds United, I was taught many things growing up in Yorkshire, mostly to despise Manchester United and that the media are a load of fickle, agenda pushers.
They say you do not pick a football team, it chooses you and it is definitely correct in my case, as I have always had a chip on my shoulder with authority or at least the ignorant majority. Therefore, when I was in my teens although still being willing to go engage in fisticuffs for Leeds United, I focused a lot of my football time on Arsenal. Both teams have in common they despise Man United but also that the media love to bury them at the slightest whiff of controversy at either club, but Arsenal play football the way I believe in, the way the British media still haven’t grasped on a whole yet, it’s this crusade I have ever since picked up my pen for.
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As you can read in my profile, I grew up watching Italian football in an afternoon, it’s like a game of chess over there, all about tactics, all about formations, skill and players like Pirlo, Baggio, Inzaghi, guys you know wouldn’t have stood a chance getting into a team if Tony Pulis was picking it.
Ok so yeah convoluted introductions aside and kind of keeping to topic slightly, I guess Steve (@lordhillwood of Gunners Town) on the fantastic Arsenal podcast “ A Bergkamp Wonderland “ summed up my thoughts about the media this season, with his rant on the Feb 9th 2017. No one could sum up the media bias against Arsenal better than how he did so check that out if you can, but I will add my two cents as well.
I have resorted to turning on games just as they kick off, when watching them on the TV to avoid the routine, diatribe that most Arsenal games are accompanied with. Some even say it’s sometimes more entertaining watching me shout and ball at the TV, when “pundits” like Paul Merson or Alan Shearer are spouting their antiquated views on players like Mesut Ozil and Arsenal. . Even people that hold a hero status at Arsenal, like Thierry Henry and Martin Keown, are press ganged into saying some sound bite they can rehash and use over and over again to beat over the heads of the alleged “crisis club” Arsenal.
But for what reason do Arsenal get this torrent of diarrhoea, showered on them by the great football Einstein’s of our media? Are Arsenal in crisis? Are they about to be relegated? Have they sunk into the bottom half of the table like Chelsea did last season? Oh or have they been ran terribly into debt to the state that they are going to administration?
Well simply the answer to all these questions is no, a crisis for Arsenal is they are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, I’m sure such clubs as Morecambe, Nottingham Forest, Leyton Orient or even Everton would envy such a crisis. When you look at teams like Manchester United or Liverpool who are have been in decline for years, Man U have only been in the top 4 once since Fergie left and Liverpool are yet to win the Premier League since it’s been formed in the early 90’s. Do we hear how it is a crisis at these clubs? Do we hear how the manager needs sacking? No we don’t for the most part it’s swept under the carpet, like this season everyone’s favourite irritant Jose Mourinho has spent £160 million on a team that had already had £300 million spent on it in the past two seasons. What has the darling of the media achieved with this team? Well actually, they are currently sixth in the league and pinning all their hopes on winning the Europa league, which they scraped into the final last night against minnows Celta Vigo. Sure Man United won the league cup but no one cares about that to be honest, so does Mourinho get people questioning his position? No, despite the fact that he has a worse win ratio than David Moyes did during his tenure.
Yet here we have Arsenal letting people get away with throwing all the dirt they like at us, just because it’s not part of the old boys club. When all the British hoof ball brigade pundits are going out for drinks, with Harry Redknapp, Arsenal have always kept away from that, kept different, classier to its cost apparently.
I again completely agree with what Steve from “A Bergkamp Wonderland“ podcast says that, Arsenal need to be tough, go on the offensive and say they are not going to allow this kind of unjustified behaviour to continue. Yes, Arsene Wenger needs to be held accountable for the clubs perceived lack of League titles in recent years but does it by no means need or warrant the furore that it has been compared to the aforementioned Liverpool for instance.
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.