By Tony Attwood
Arsène Wenger finally told the assembled football media what we have been saying for years – they are tedious, repetitive and unimaginative. OK he didn’t use those words exactly but he did say they lacked creativity, and how utterly, utterly right he was about that.
They agree a theme between them, and then ask about it over and over, knowing they can fill their column either with the polite answer they normally get or with huge headlines such as
Wenger refuses to talk about
finishing off the sentence with whatever takes their fancy. It’s a trick they have been pulling for years and years, it is very tedious, but it is what passes for journalism these days.
Actually the press conference did have another good line in it when Mr Wenger called Manchester Airport “good clients” in reference to the players they have bought at over the top prices, before adding that as the press knew, Mesut and Alexis have 18 months left on their contracts.
Manchester City is not the club “who have done more to feed Arsenal’s insecurities than any other” as Liew proclaims but a team with their own issues, just like Arsenal. As a result, and as we all know Bellerín was not tempted away with tales of the Barcelona DNA being in his blood, nor of Manchester Airport wealth, as some less bright characters have been in the past.
With the Bellerín deal Barcelona offered the player far more money than Arsenal offered, and offered Arsenal a huge transfer fee to have “their” player back. Manchester Airport starting making similar moves and there was a general assumption in the media (because that is all they have these days – general assumptions) that the player would leave and the sneering at Arsenal could begin again. In fact there were stories circulating in the media that the Airport would not be pushed away. Their manager wanted the player and the player was who they would get.
Bellerín remained at Arsenal because he knew what Mr Wenger did for him, giving him a chance in the Borussia Dortmund game in September 2014 and not listening to the droning and moaning from the aaa and their friends in the media.
And – and this is something that I have just seen acknowledged for the first time in a newspaper – it was in the Guardian – “Bellerín considered how a number of former Arsenal players had fared since their departures. He thought about Clichy, Sagna and Nasri – together with Cesc Fàbregas and Alex Song. Has the grass been greener for the first three at City? Did Fàbregas’s dream return to Barcelona really work out? Song also went to Camp Nou, and he did not enjoy regular football.”
At least the Guardian can now admit it. Hopefully Alexis realises that too.
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