By Tony Attwood
Arsene Wenger has established his most formidable squad for five years – Arsenal will win honours
So says Steve Stammers in the Daily Mirror, and just in case you don’t quite believe it and think it is a spoof he goes on…
The Gunners crashed out of the League Cup in midweek but the north Londoners are in the mix for the title
“But significantly, there was no chorus of disaffection with the management of Arsene Wenger.”
Now I have no idea if that is true, because although Untold create the notion of the aaa we don’t actually bother to monitor the likes of P Morgan and their twotter followers.
The article continues…
“Go back to August and the first two Premier League matches of the season. Against Liverpool, the rookie central defence of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers was ripped apart by Liverpool. Six days later a goalless draw against champions Leicester at the King Power prompted calls – in no uncertain terms – for Wenger to spend and spend again to strengthen the team.”
Well, yes I was at both games, and I recall. And then, the paper says, “Wenger acted – it has to be said in his time, not because of demands from the sidelines – and in came Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez.
“Central defender Mustafi was an immediate success. Xhaka is adjusting – showing there is more to his game than accumulating yellow and red cards on a regular basis. The jury is still out on Perez. He played against Southampton and was anonymous.”
Of course it would be good for the press if the jury were still out on football journalists, but I think most of us reached a conclusion a long time about them, with their make believe fantasies about transfers and their inability to tell when Karren Brady is entering her little fantasy world. But anyway, the article goes on….
“But Wenger laid out the cash. The result? Arsenal – until a strong Southampton side arrived at the Emirates – stayed unbeaten in ALL competitions … Premier League, Champions League and, for two rounds, the League Cup.”
Well, yes, I noticed that. Glad it seeped through to fantasy journo land too.
“But there were benefits – not least the most taxing hour to date for the highly-promising French midfield player Jeff Reine-Adelaide . The 62 minutes he spent of the field will amount to a vital part of his education.
“But no-one in the disappointed audience called for Wenger to leave. No-one suggested his time was up. No-one saying it was time to go. And rightly so.
“Wenger’s contract is up at the end of the season but the Arsenal hierarchy want him to stay. And rightly so.”
Isn’t it interesting that the fact that apparently no one started a “Wenger out” chant at the game is now news.
“Some may still believe Wenger’s time is up and he should go next May. One message to them – be careful what you wish for …”
Goodness me it seems that the gentleman of the press has been reading Untold. Well now squire, since I have your ear, would you like to disentangle Ms Brady’s thing about the fact that State Aid United get only a third of the arrests that Arsenal get?