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Predictions agree (!), attacking Bellerin, Chambers going, fighting the media

By Tony Attwood

As you will know, if you are a regular reader, the media and their tail coat hangers on, have created more transfer rumours in terms of players joining Arsenal, than ever before.  (We’re not keeping a record of rumours of leavings since we had that summer two years ago in which every single player in the first team squad was tipped to be going – you can’t outdo 100%).

And there are still a few rumours drifting in about last minute signings, which I shall cover anon, but there are other things afoot.

For example, The Sunday Supplement from Sky Sports announces that “Arsenal fans should expect a steady, rather than a drastic improvement under Unai Emery.”  This prognostication is based on the amazing realisation that, as they say, “Emery took over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates earlier this summer, bringing to an end the Frenchman’s 22-year association with the north London club.”

Well, I mean, £60 a month or whatever to watch the SS and that’s their summary.  I’m glad I didn’t pay.

But it raises the question, will it be a sudden rise up the table or step by step?   If you caught our earlier series on this, we tried to do a proper analysis based on facts and figures rather than the sort of impressionist approach that the mainstream likes, and we reached the conclusion that third was a possibility.

Rather amazingly, indeed one might say bizarrely, one website regularly sponsored by the Daily Mail and with views completely different from mine actually came up with a similar prediction.  Very odd.

But now with predictions done, what is going on in the world of Arsenal?

Well, one major new approach is a very strong, “Let’s attack Bellerin” campaign, as exemplified by the headlnie in This is Futbol: “Get rid’, ‘Lazy’, ‘Should be retired’ – Many Arsenal fans slam one player despite 2-0 v Lazio.”

The media love these because they exemplify the stupidity of a few Arsenal fans (not just because their opinion is wrong, but because it is based on a few contentious observations over a couple of matches.)  

Indeed if we took that sort of route that a player having some games not at the very highest level should then go, Thierry Henry would have been out of Arsenal after three games, and I am not sure Bergkamp would have lasted through his first winter either.

Indeed there seems to be a growing feeling that Arsenal’s manager has been given enough slack and that now it is time to get back to the sort of treatment that Mr Wenger suffered on a daily basis.   The backdrop to this was always that the club is falling apart, and indeed you can see it evolving in headlines like “£90,000-a-week star officially confirms he will complete Arsenal exit after his contract ends.”

That rumoid turned out to be about Laurent Koscielny and the article writer at least had the grace to say that Kos had merely “hinted that he will leave Arsenal at the end of his contract.”   Which is quite reasonable given the nature of the injury and the melancholia he may have felt on missing the world cup – especially as his country won.

And yet it is not all negative because suddenly Xhaka is no longer the enemy who should have his head posted on the gates of the city for the crows to peck at, but is actually being lauded.  Try this for size…

“Nelson, 18, kicked off the scoring before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the victory with his second-half strike.  But it was what Xhaka did immediately after the youngster’s goal that got fans talking.  In the clip, the 25-year-old can be seen congratulating the teenager.  He then appears to give him advice for a situation that occurred before the goal, gesturing that he should have been in a certain position.  The mature response by the Switzerland international was enough for viewers to want him to be made captain.”

OK so that reaction based on one clip is as silly as wanting Bellerin out, but the fact that it could actually be published shows that there is a certain realignment in Arsenal politics going on.

However the overall feeling is one that after over 100 years of vitriol between Arsenal and the media, it just gets worse and worse, and Arsenal’s current policy of just letting it all go, is certainly not helping.

Indeed we’ve mentioned it twice recently: the Arsenal History Society dealt with this in its Anniversary files citing 4 August 1923  where at a farewell dinner for Jock Rutherford at which Sir Henry Norris criticised the press for their unfair, inaccurate and unreasonable commentaries on the club.  And of course there was the coverage by the Evening Standard of events at the Lazio Arsenal game in 1970 which Arsenal took great exception to.  Oh for a return of those days when the club stood up against the publishers of wild rumours and raging untruths and put its side more forcibly.

For even when they are not publishing untruths there is, in the media, the ceaseless innuendo, as with Sportskeeda’s headline “Premier League 2018-19: Can Unai Emery stabilize the Arsenal ship?”  Is Arsenal unstable?  All clubs have ups and downs, and our decline to 5th and 6th in the last two years has been nothing like the collapse of Chelsea and Manchester United in recent times.  After the all time UK record run of competing in the Champions League to have two seasons out doesn’t seem too bad.

But it was ever thus, and maybe sometimes things reported as happening do happen.  Today’s story is Calum Chambers going to Fulham.  If he goes, let’s hope his career develops further.  He signed a new long term contract with Arsenal on 3 July.  That’s a month and three days ago.

 

5 comments to Predictions agree (!), attacking Bellerin, Chambers going, fighting the media

  • Finsbury

    Fair to say the standard of The Standard has collapsed and fallen through the floor and into the sewer these past fourty/fifty years?

    The difference from 1970 to today is that many of these billy big bloggers/sychophants / parasites in recent years can be seen/observed/recorded wanting to rub up against the floating wisdom found underneath these Fleet Street rags that have long had some kind of psychological problem with Arsenal Football Club’s model/structure/oft mentioned but seldom described “Values”. Which only reflects poorly upon them but I digress:

    I am very grateful to Untold for providing the kind of voice in the modern age that we took for granted in yesteryear.

    Many have remarked the club should be more active with the constant propaganda attacks against it. I have no idea myself, short of having a supporter Norris own some media (the opposite being the current circumstance) can they do much more?

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Calum Chambers to Fulham is a bit of a surprise but also quite a good fit. As far as I can determine it will be a season loan and he will be higher up the order for regular game time there than he will be staying with us. Fulham’s intent will be on sugaring in the league at the end of the season rather than getting relegated. Like Arsenal they like to play measured passing football rather than rely on long balls to a target man and have one of the outstanding young players in the world in Ryan Sessegnon, watch out for him as the season progresses.

  • fengunner

    Maybe a mass cancellation of our collective Sky Sports subscriptions would send them into a spin, and they would sack the lazy pundits who see bashing our club as a prerequisite for doing their jobs!

  • Gord

    I will point out again, the the Top-N of the EPL has expanded and is no longer 4 (or Top-4). Arsenal has not fallen, Arsenal is still in the top group.

    What has changed a bit of late, is that the composition of the Top-N has become more fluid. Just because a team was in the Top-N last season, doesn’t mean they will be there at the end of this season. As Man$sity are demonstrating, money can put you in the Top-N. As the PGMO, The (sweet) FA and the EPL demonstrated a few season’s ago, they can put a team in the Top-N.

    Others have pointed out how easy it might be for the spuds to have problems, if the bankers come knocking at their door.

    Many story tellers in the medja have been writing about Moaninho’s foul mood. Can his mood drive away potential new signings? Are players there now, going to try and escape?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Two Native Americans and an Irishman were walking through the woods.
    All of a sudden one of the Native Americans ran up a hill to the mouth of a small cave.

    ” Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!” he called into the cave and listened closely until he heard an answering, ” Wooooo! Wooooo! Woooooo!”
    He then tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.

    The Irishman was puzzled and asked the remaining Native American what it was all about. ” Was the other guy crazy or what?’

    The other replied, “No, It is our custom during mating season that when Native American men see cave, they holler, ” Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!” into the opening.. If they get an answer back, it means there’s a beautiful squaw in there waiting for us.”

    Just then they came upon another cave.
    The second Native American ran up to the cave, stopped, and hollered,” Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!”

    Immediately, there was the answer ,”Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!” from deep inside.
    He also tore off his clothes and ran into the opening.

    The Irishman wandered around in the woods alone for a while, and then spied a third large cave. As he looked in amazement at the size of the huge opening, he was thinking, ” Hoo, man! Look at the size of this cave! It is bigger than those Native Americans found. There must be some really big, fine women in this cave!”

    He stood in front of the opening and hollered with all his might , ” Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!”
    Like the others, he then heard an answering call, ” WOOOOOOOOO, WOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOO!”
    With a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face, he raced into the cave, tearing off his clothes as he ran.

    The following day, the headline of the local newspaper read……………

    NAKED IRISHMAN RUN OVER BY TRAIN!!!

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