By Tony Attwood
If you want to skip my chit-chat and usual rambling just scroll down the page, the video is below.
But if you have a moment to spare, do consider this….
Driving home from Heathrow Airport last night I heard someone on BBC Radio 5 announce that his “worry” was that Arsenal treated qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League as a trophy. He gave no explanation as to how he had reached this conclusion – a conclusion that takes psychology into a totally new arena of guesswork. He just said it, and no one questioned the statement. It was accepted as a totally rational thing to worry about, rather than a wild bit of fancy with no evidence to back it up. As if I said, “my worry is that all my friends’ heads will explode next Friday.” No evidence, just my worry.
Meanwhile as I drove on, wondering what the world was making of Mesut’s goal, the radio station appeared to be in general meltdown over Manchester City, reflecting headlines in this morning’s press such as “Pep Guardiola oversaw a sensational second-half performance by his side, who emphatically avenged their 4-0 defeat at Camp Nou” and “City manage the impossible and keep Messi in check” (all of those being from the same newspaper) this morning Arsenal make do with lesser headlines.
Fair enough, in one respect. We were playing a team from a minor European league in a match we were expected to win. We had after all beat the same team 6-0.
But it seemed to me that in the past we had never got these sort of rave reviews when beating the clubs that the media perceive to be the top teams (even when some of them are accused of wholesale fraud and financial mismanagement and/or child trafficking).
So in the past we have had “shock defeat of Bayern in Munich” and “a crucial victory over Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium.” and “How Arsenal beat Bayern Munich – five key areas where the Gunners came out on top” or “Arsenal struck twice in five minutes late on as they staged a stirring comeback to beat Champions League favourites Barcelona on a night to savour at the Emirates.” Not quite the same as yesterday on Man City.
This is the media game. The language used to describe Arsenal is always, and I really mean ALWAYS is quite different from the language used to describe Manchester City.
There’s nothing that can be done about this – apart from publicising the different way in which clubs are written about.
But I can offer this while (if you care to) you mull over the perfidious nature of English journalism. Just let the video run on and on …. it gets better and better.
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