By Bulldog Drummond
My apologies for the technical glitch today. We lost control of Untold Arsenal at this end, and the fault was beyond the technical capabilities of me, which is not surprising since I have none.
Anyway during our absence, we were able to observe the major work still being undertaken by the media to keep the anti-Arsenal propaganda rolling, and it is now giving overt support to Tottenham as with the Telegraph’s piece… Ange Postecoglou class shows up petty Mikel Arteta.
That is particularly interesting since, as we have noted before, Arsenal are bottom of the yellow card table (something no one in the media seems to want to admit) with under half of the number of yellow cards that Chelsea (with 35) have. The much lauded and praised Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are also chasing Chelsea hard with 32 and 31 cards respectively. Class? Well, with Tottenham and Chelsea, not when it comes to playing the game fairly.
Arsenal have 16 yellow cards, and although it is not that this statistic is the be and end all of what football is about, it is a significant component, and yet it is utterly ignored while the media constantly talk about a supposed “rant” from the Arsenal manager. If ever an example of biased reporting was required as an example to anyone interested, this is as good as any.
So the media follow their traditional route by continuing to focus on one theme and one theme only: and as ever, not being willing to run one article on their theme when they can publish two. Thus they also have “FA demand explanation from Mikel Arteta and Arsenal over Var tirade” from the Telegraph.
Is a tirade more or less than a rant? I am not sure, but at least one journalist has found one alternative word to the ceaseless, ceaseless use of “rant”.
According to the paper Arteta’s comments have been labelled “embarrassing” by Ref Support UK, which is hardly original. Especially as a careful reading of their report shows that quite why they were embarrassed is not explained. And I guess they realise this since they then return to the popular phrase “post-match rant”.
But then I suppose one could ask, is the use of the word “rant” all the time “embarrassing” when undertaken by people whose job is words? Well, yes, it could be, although I think I would just call that sort of writing “inept”. Although perhaps if I kept on using the same word over and over again to describe a complex situation I would indeed be embarrassed at my own lack of writing skills.
According to the Standard Eddie Nketiah today faces a late fitness test ahead of the game having missed training yesterday.
The paper, and others also tell us that Martin Odegaard is expected to miss the game today. Although utterly bizarrely it appears according to their “report” that “Gabriel Jesus is still out, despite being called up by Brazil for international duty on Monday.”
Which leaves us with a team from the Standard that reads
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Vieira, Jorginho, Rice;
Saka, Havertz, Martinelli
The chief Arsenal writer of Football.London says “Ben White needs a rest after so many consecutive starts and Zinchenko can help unlock a tight Sevilla defence.”
However Football.London offer the thought that Sevilla are also suffering from injuries with the report that “As confirmed via the La Liga outfit’s official website, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, legendary defender Sergio Ramos and Argentina World Cup winner Marcos Acuna are not part of the 24-man travelling party to London, as well as Marcao and Adnan Januzaj, who have not been registered for the competition.”
FoLo also have an article in which they say that Eddie’s knock is not serious enough to keep him out of tonight’s game
Pain in the Arsenal have a line up of
Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Rice, Vieira, Havertz;
Saka, Trossard, Martinelli.
The BBC has an interesting stat: Arsenal have won just three of their 11 Champions League group games against Spanish sides. However, two of those victories have come in their three games against Sevilla, including a 3-0 home win in September 2007.
And there is one other positive point they make
“Arsenal have only failed to score in one of their past 26 Champions League matches, a 2-0 home loss to Barcelona in the 2015-16 knockout stages.”
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