By Tony Attwood
When Arsenal win, the aaa shut up. The press however try to take cover finding underlying problems, long term difficulties, and historical precedents for an imminent collapse.
They even did it after the Unbeaten Season, with snarling comments about how Arsenal were not really unbeaten because we hadn’t won the League Cup and the FA Cup, and how Arsenal would probably lose the first match next season, and how the rest of the competition was poor but would be refreshed next year.
Oh yes, and we had a dodgy goalkeeper. Because Arsenal always has a dodgy goalkeeper. (Go back far enough and even Bob Wilson was a dodgy keeper according to the press).
But credit where it is due. Today the Telegraph runs with
Arsene Wenger’s place among the all-time greats is secure –
The Independent goes for
This was a genuinely historic as well as deeply satisfying day for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. The club now stand apart from Manchester United with a record 12th FA Cup win. Half of those have been overseen by Wenger, whose personal place among the managerial greats is guaranteed.
As for the Telegraph…
Trophies in consecutive years is a powerful answer to those who so emphatically dismissed the feat of staying in the Champions League while building a new stadium. His authority and wider standing with the supporters is also on the up for the first time in perhaps a decade.
(Incidentally Mr Wenger has done an interview in which he says that his greatest achievement was keeping Arsenal in the Champions League while building the new stadium. Quite a challenge to the aaa).
They also run the headline, “Arsenal need not fear a big offer for Jack Wilshere” which is nice to know, and point out, in case we didn’t know that “Raheem Sterling for Theo Walcott makes little sense.” But I think we got there first.
And then in true journalistic style say, “Quite why Arsenal would want to solve Liverpool and Sterling’s mess is rather less clear.” They don’t. It was a newspaper invention. Clever that. Invent the story, and then say, “why would anyone believe it?”
Right, my friends are coming round in a mo and we are all going out for a celebratory meal. Let’s sign off with one of the Guardian’s rankings out of ten.
AM Mesut Özil 8 One brilliantly subtle pass with the outside of his left foot captured the classiness of his play. Özil played like a world champion.
Wouldn’t you know it. Now everyone is a supporter. Except the aaa. Who are probably hiding.
31 May 1893: Woolwich Arsenal elected to Division II of the Football League. As part of their attempts to fight those within the club who were opposed to the direction of Woolwich Arsenal, there had clearly been some undercover negotiations with the League, resulting in Arsenal being the first Football League club in the south.
On the Arsenal History Society blog today…