Arsenal fans were quick to condemn Olivier Giroud for his blunt attacking threat as the Gunners slipped to a 2-0 home defeat in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie with Barcelona.
The closest the French striker came to a goal was a powerful header that forced a marvellous stop from Barca keeper ter Stegen.
Supporters of the north London side have voiced concern at firing several blanks in the Premier League since the turn of the year, and their players’ inability to take gilt-edged chances against the reigning European champions brought that tension to the fore once again.
Now he backed up these assertions, made at a distance of 6.5 miles from Arsenal (the Telegraph is in Buckingham Palace Road) with a grand total of nine (yes nine) Tweets.
So shall we run his piece again
Arsenal fans were quick to condemn Olivier Giroud
based on tweets from nine fans.
Looking at the tweets I suspect none of the writers, rather like the Telegraph’s Social Media Content Editor (whatever that actually means), were at the game.
Now when, in the past, I have differentiated between people at the game and those not, I have had comments to the effect that I was being highly unreasonable suggesting those not at the game did not have the right to comment.
I am not saying that, but I am saying that if one’s comments are based on the media coverage, then they are less reliable than the comments of those of us who were there, because the media coverage is giving a totally biased viewpoint of what was going on. For example, the Telegraphic man made much of a pass by Giroud which went to no one, when he had Walcott waiting for it.
What actually happened (and I can say this with certainty because it happened right in front of my seat in the East) was that Giroud saw Theo, looked at the defenders and the ball and passed to where Theo had been a moment before. But Theo by then had moved and so the ball went to no one.
Failing to reflect the main issue in the game (the refereeing) and details such as this, give people watching on TV completely false impressions of the game. Basing criticism as the eccentric and (might I guess, given the way he is writing) astoundingly lazy Sean Gibson, on nine tweets without having been there, is a bit silly, although typically Telegraphian.
All I can say is, if unfortunately, you can’t get to the game, you are very much be misled by the media companies that you are using to see the game. It’s not your fault of course, it is the fault of Sean Gibson and his employers, but believe me, the reality you are being given, is not the reality that was perceived by most of the Arsenal supporters in the ground.
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