Arsenal through the eyes of ESPN (North America).
The best or worst comments from the weekend. All depends on how you view them.
By Cameron Wolfe.
I’ve wrote in the last few weeks about how I feel Arsenal are given a rough deal in the media in particular by ESPN. Or at least their commentators. Especially Ian Darke and Steve McManaman (them again for the Wigan match). A couple of people commented on the articles and disagreed. I suppose it’s about how you perceive needless negative comments. So here are this weekends comments from our Wigan match.
(Arsene) He’s brought three league titles to the club but a fourth looks a long way off. (Why?)
A league cup exit from 4th tier Bradford has seen the pressure mount on Wenger like never before.
(So that was weeks ago now. You’d think it was old news? You’d think Ian Darke would’ve got over it by now?)
The Gunners are seemingly already out of this title race. Some fans are calling for Wenger’s head? (Again)
Arsene Wenger was in crisis last week. (Again)
(Every weeks a crisis. Every week someone’s calling for Arsene’s head)
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The pitch side commentator covers the team news but can’t but help mention that guess what? Arsenal were knocked out of the league cup by 4th tier opposition in Bradford.
(Again. Just in case you didn’t know we were………… by Bradford. It’s getting boring now)
The first few minutes are spent discussing how well McManaman did during the Champions league draw.
The fact that five young Arsenal players have signed new contracts is off set by the fact that Theo hasn’t and McManaman gives his opinion that it looks like there will be a parting of their ways.
(So that’s great news but Theo’s off in the Summer)
Once again the fact that we beat Reading 5-2 was only because Reading were so poor last Monday night.
Surprisingly there is an interview by Wigan Boss Martinez but none from Arsene?
They do have to build the momentum Arsenal to stop the debates about their general flakiness from resurfacing all over again.
(No idea what that means)
I know they have to talk about different topics during the match but their talking in depth about Christmas shopping? Do I really care if they’ve done their Christmas shopping?
Just over half an hour gone. It’s fairly even but Darke talks about just how well Wigan are playing.
They share a joke about how Arsenal never like coming up to the North West. How they don’t like facing lesser clubs from there.
Darke criticises us for only having 51% of the possession.
Jack slides in and tackles. He wins the ball but Darke is already talking about he could be in trouble. Yellow or even worse? As the Ref pulls out a yellow card he back tracks.
As the replay is shown they both suddenly agree it was in fact a perfect tackle and it shouldn’t have even been a foul.
Theo Walcott. One of the young players who haven’t signed a new contract and will he?
I suppose it could always be worse. I could’ve had to suffer Paul Jewel commentating?
Now we’re having the great Dos Santo earring debate.
Kone had a shot saved. Jones then shoots wide.
It’s mentioned though that Kone almost inflicted some damage and that Jones almost scored. Neither did. Sometimes it’s not even what’s said but how they say it.
88mins. Gomez comes on.
McManaman. What can he do in 2mins? Well, hopefully score for Wigan.
(How is that being neutral or impartial?)
Final whistle. 1 nil to the Arsenal.
Darke. It’s a better week this week for Arsenal compared to the one two weeks ago.
(Just in case you didn’t know we were knocked out of the ……………..by Bradford.)
Back from the break.
Wigan 0 Arsenal 1. Arsenal’s good run bouncing back from that shock defeat in the league cup from 4th tier Bradford continues and their up to third place at least for a few hours.
(I know. I’ll stop now)
Being an Arsenal fan I’m always accused of being biased in favour of Arsenal. Whilst watching the Reading game I still didn’t think we got much credit for the way we played. Most of the criticism was levelled at how poorly Reading played. How they stood off us and let us play.
I watched the Chelsea Villa game on Sunday and found it interesting that there wasn’t not too much mention of how poorly Villa were playing or how they allowed Chelsea to thrash them 8-0. The most common phrase used was how “young” the Villa team were. They have to suffer defeats like this to grow stronger.
I remember vividly when we were putting out a young team every other week. The famous phrase for us was that “They’ll never win anything with kids”
My favourite quote from the weekend was from SAF.
“Robin Van Persie could’ve died out there today”?
I saw the incident and who would’ve thought it possible that a football player could be hit by a football during a game? I thought RVP was lucky that he slipped when he quickly jumped up from almost being dead. If not he might have grabbed Williams by the throat instead of the shorts.
Not too dramatic at all then. It was pointed out on UA recently that RVP is getting very positive press compared to when he played for Arsenal. Surprised? I’m not.
I suppose it depends on who you play for. Guess SAF will now be looking for a player to be banned and a Ref to be dropped too?
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