By Tony Attwood
Saying stuff without much evidence can be fun, and is of course dead easy. You just say it. Or write it. Although in retrospect it can make the speaker or writer look a little silly at times.
Take for example the guy who wrote that headline for Arsenal Report. His opening line in his argument was, “Ozil was a last minute panic buy by Wenger.”
Unfortunately he doesn’t give any information about how he comes to this viewpoint, a viewpoint which is completely contrary to what Mr Wenger revealed upon completing the Ozil signing – that he had tried to sign Ozil when he went to Real Mad and stayed in touch with the player over the years, just as he did with Thierry Henry in the years before signing him. So the evidence is the other way around, and nothing is written in the “last minute panic” to contradict it.
The point made in the article is that Ozil’s “main strength is through balls to fast runners, like it was with CR7. There are no such players at Arsenal except Walcott, who rarely plays. You can quote stats all you like about his key passes. In this Arsenal team Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla would’ve had better stats and a much better overall contribution than Ozil if they played as N10. I can name at least 3 players at Arsenal who would be better as No10.”
And so we are back to my theme recently – “you can quote stats all you like…” – which is to say, I am right and I am not taking any evidence to prove otherwise. In fact I am not taking any evidence. The earth is flat and you can show me all the globes you want, but the earth is flat. Statistics can be used to prove anything. (Except if you use them properly, they can’t).
If you want to read the whole thing it is on Arsenal Reports.
Anyway finding that little piece I thought I would go a-looking for other funny stories. And yes of course I am writing with the benefit of hindsight. I know. But they are still funny. Take for example,
Why Aston Villa could be the surprise package of the Premier League season
The story here was…
“The signings of Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew – who join Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and Mark Bunn at the club – have given fans cause for excitement. The club will reportedly tie up a deal for another midfielder, and their third Jordan of the summer, in the form of Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. With versatile defender José Ángel Crespo also putting pen to paper and controversial frontman Emmanuel Adebayor tipped to sign before the end of the week, it will be interesting to see how Sherwood lines up his team this season.”
That was in the Guardian but they were not alone in surprise packages.
Apparently, “it is the 12 months spent under his tutelage that should see his players ready to play Van Gaal football. If commercial interests were not a factor at all, there would be no elaborate pre-season tour at all. But Van Gaal has at least got the club to compromise between the needs of commerce and the demands of footballing success.
“With a more performance-oriented pre-season under their belts, the team should start the season better than they did last time out.
“A cursory glance at social media platforms reveals fans are getting jumpy about the fact United have not yet signed anyone besides Memphis Depay. However, there is a long way to go until the window shuts.
“By the time it does, United will have added players to their squad, and assuming they do not make any egregious errors, the squad will be better balanced.
“Van Gaal appears to have come to trust Herrera. And as well he might, as the man from the Basque Country should be the central to United’s midfield plans next season. Having him in the side from the start will be a big asset to the Red Devils.”
Then having dealt with four of the reasons the Bleacher goes on to suggest that these were absolute facts and not speculation at all – when it fact that is exactly what it all was. Speculation, speculation, speculation. Yet the article says, “The previous four [developments] seem like relatively sure bets for improving United’s fortunes.”
Meanwhile, I’ve tried to avoid the issues of the Bloggettas until now in this piece, but can’t ignore,
Anyway, moving on we have Trending Now: Wenger changed transfer plans, Young “Messi” on Gunners transfer radar