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When commentators go bad

According to Wikipedia Stan Collymore “is widely regarded as one of the best football analysts for his work on radio,television and in print.”

There can be few Arsenal supporters who would agree with this after Collymore’s ludicrous and bizarre outburst on Radio 5 on the evening of 26 May 2008.   Collymore, part of a discussion programme which focussed on Manchester Bankrupt and Chelsea Bankrupt claimed that Man U are the only team with stability.   Liverpool, he “argued” are in turmoil with their owners at war, Chelsea don’t have a manager, and Arsenal have turned into a selling club – they have already lost two players and as a result of that more will follow.

It is hard to find much that relates this wild outburst to Arsenal.

Flamini left because his contract had run out.  Arsenal could have renewed the contract one year earlier – but there was no certainty whether Flamini would come good in the 2007/8 season, and had Wenger signed Flamini on a five year contract, only to have him playing little more than a handful of games a year, everyone would have criticized Wenger.

Hleb’s agent is trying to get a better deal for another player who has suddenly come good.  Hleb has two years left on his contract, and it is up to Wenger if he wishes to sign the player on a longer contract at higher rates.

So, one out of contract player has gone, one wants a better contract and the rest….

Quite what Collymore – or come to that whoever wrote the Wiki piece – was thinking about is anyone’s guess, but what is clear is that if you find his statements on 26 May ludicrous and nonsensical you too might like to change the Wiki piece.  It is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Collymore and you don’t have to log in or give your name to make a change.

1 comment to When commentators go bad

  • Tony Basford

    What a muppet you are mate.Im a gooner and have been going to games since 1975,and to be fair to him,Collymore is right.Flamini ,Hleb and one or two others left because they can get more money elsewhere,and go to clubs with a better European history and appeal than us.Arsene Wenger,admirable man as he is will never realsie that unless the club breaks its wage structure,and buys players at market price and pays the wages that United,Chelsea and Liverpool pay,we are going to have great young players for 2 years at best before they get collared by teams with cash and pedigree.Its no good having a great crop of youngsters if you cant keep them together,and as we usually do,we try and do it on the cheap compared to others and end up paying the consequences.Trashing someones Wiki site is childish.Grow up.