By Tony Attwood
So we have an interesting duality. On the one hand we can show that Dean made some terrible decisions in the match last weekend. One the other hand we can see that the TV commentary did not reflect this terrible performance by the ref. On a third hand (clearly there are aliens here) the newspapers and their camp followers whip up a storm and tell the world that it is all Wenger’s fault, and on the other hand (yet more hands) people write to Untold calling the people who write for Untold deluded.
Curiously, only a small percentage of all these people ever ask the question, why?
So let me try.
Why did the ref make mistakes against us again?
Either because he is incompetent, or because the game moves so fast no ref can keep up, or because it all balances out in the end so it doesn’t matter, or because he was bent, or because the mistakes didn’t happen, and Walter fixed the pictures.
PGMO who employ the ref argue that the first two are not true, and that the mistakes don’t happen in the abundance that we see. Our figures over several years show that it does not all balance out in the end. As for the last option, I know Walter to be an honourable guy and can’t imagine he’d do that. Besides, I also know the computer he works on – the one that overheats half way through the second half. And I know his computer skills. Better than mine, but not up to the level of manipulating those pics.
Why did the TV show not reflect the appalling behaviour of the ref?
Either because they really didn’t see it, or because the cameras were in the wrong position, or because they wanted to hide it.
That is a tough call, because although I’ve done some TV work I am not employed by any of the companies that cover the games now, so I don’t know what is going on inside. But I must say the technology is pretty damn impressive, and the number of cameras higher than ever. It was there to see.
But why would they want to hide it? Is it, as many have suggested, part of the contractual arrangement between the TV companies and the Premier League that certain things will not be commented upon? So when the ref mistakes one player for another the TV companies can talk about it, and comment on the occasional foul that is not seen, but only occasionally.
For the sake of keeping the audience the image of the game as jolly, fun, exciting and above all well refereed must be kept. Just as with the booing for time wasting, by and large time wasting must not be shown because it spoils the image of the product, and these days image is everything.
What I do know is that the first thing a newspaper staff does when it publishes is check what the other media is saying. No one likes to go out on a limb unless they are running a very specific campaign.
Why do the newspapers call for Wenger’s resignation, and give so much coverage to what they label as the “demands” for him to go?
Certainly when the media is not covering the referee’s odd performance they are going to need to distract, and this is as good a distraction as ever.
Interestingly they don’t consider the full picture, but then the notion that there might be something amiss in the game is not something any media outlet is going to do on its own for fear of looking outside the mainstream.
So blaming Wenger is a simple solution, and can whip up a storm. Easier all round that pointing out some strange inconsistencies in the refereeing.
However it is interesting that they very rarely compare the success of Arsenal under one manager with the “success” of Tottenham under multiple managers. Just as the AAA never look at the results of their sort of campaign. We’ve had them since Chapman’s day, and all they have ever done is caused problems.
But then, why do people write to Untold calling the writers “deluded” and various other things?
I am not sure on this. Do they think they are being original? Do they think that we will publish such a comment? Do they not read anything on the site and see that we support the manager?
Some of them get quite annoyed when we don’t publish their abuse, and again I find that strange. It is a bit like writing to a magazine that deals with model aeroplanes and saying that flying model aeroplanes is a stupid thing to do. Would they expect such a magazine to publish this?
And I suppose above all, why do these people prefer the version of events in the press, rather than the version of events Untold gives?
I can’t answer this either, but for those who do prefer the media’s reality, here is the latest…
- Manchester United and Arsenal are preparing loan bids for Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen even though Vermaelen may need thigh surgery as his wait for a debut continues, and even though sports director Andoni Zubizarreta said, “We are worried for him and the medical staff are evaluating what’s best.”. (The Daily Express and the Telegraph)
- Arsenal want Jackson Martinez, but Liverpool are ready to spend £30m on him (The Star)
- Arsenal are interested in Basel centre-half Fabian Schar, 22, and could make a move for him in January. (The Star)
- Manchester United set to pip Arsenal and Liverpool to Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri (The Star again – how busy these guys are).
- Manchester United and Arsenal are both after 20-year-old Hull left back Andy Robertson, who scored for Scotland against England last week (Express).
- Arsenal are hoping to seal a £19m move for Lars Bender before Barcelona join the hunt for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. (Back to the Express for that one)
- Arsene Wenger wants to sign Benfica and Uruguay right back Maxi Pereira but as always Liverpool will outbid us. (Daily Express)
- Arsenal want Newcastle’s England Under-20 winger Rolando Aarons, 19. (The Star).
- Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are after Dinamo Zagreb’s 22-year-old Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, (That’s in Bild, but I may have got that one a bit wrong, it was in German.)
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