So all these players that we were going to buy according to the rumour mongers; we didn’t.
And don’t you just love it when the journalists fly into desperation mode, talking about an Arsenal panic, just as in 2011 when we lost 8-2 to Man U, and last season when we panicked again and brought in Danny Welbeck?
And as for their response, their answers, their explanations to being utterly and totally wrong ever since May. It wasn’t that we needed to buy Benzema, but we were going to, in fact we had, because he was THE GOAL SCORER.
And you know what – even when we pointed out that he scored no more than Giroud, not a single one of them is saying, oh, we screwed up, we sold you a pup, we told you that this or that player was not just coming to Arsenal but already here, signed, deal done, seen at the airport etc.
No, no one says that. Instead they blame the manager and his team for not bringing in the right people – the people they had predicted were already here.
And even when I pointed out that Benzema indeed was not a goalscoring centreforward I was told to look at his assists, which are worse than Ozil’s. Or maybe we need a defensive midfielder to replace Coquelin? Fine, so let’s see who has got better figures in the last six months than Coquelin?
Oh, just three or four players, none of whom is available, and all of whom only have figures a bit better than Coquelin, who is still learning his trade while they are at the height of their form.
And what thought for the future generations – the players like Coquelin and Bellerin who have just come through, and Zelalem who is about to. Would they still sign for Mr Wenger if all he ever did was buy, buy, buy.
There was a time when Arsenal supporters were really pleased that we had players like Brady who we brought through the ranks, rather than endlessly buying. Now it seems all that is gone. Even when we bring players through – players like Ramsey, Coquelin, Bellerin, Gibbs, Theo… no we should ditch them all, and buy, buy, buy because a bunch of lying toads who made up stories about how this and that player was not just signing but already signed, were saying, “ah ha, fooled you again, just like last time, and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that, and …
Or maybe we should just buy someone, anyone, because look all these players are queuing up to come to us, and they must be better than the players we already have, because…
Encouraged by the “let’s buy someone at any price” activity of some the Telegraph spoke of “a growing sense of panic at the Emirates.”
It was a clever ploy – they take their own hype, hype it some more, invent the concept that Arsenal’s hierarchy are running around like headless chicks, and claim we have failed to buy Karim Benzema when the only people who thought we would buy Benzy were the hype-makers.
But the growing sense of panic is in the journalistic ranks and on the blogettes, because we traced their nonsense all the way through, and we haven’t let go.
Then they continued the story with the most arrant nonsense that the player we used as a vapour transfer two years ago, Gonzalo Higuaín, was now back as a target.
And next up they quote all sorts of Argentine and Spanish newspapers to confirm the fact that Arsenal are after whatever name they think of next.
The Mirror then claimed that Mr Wenger had “prioritised” landing Higuaín after finally “giving up all hope” of signing Benzema in the foreseeable future.
And then we have Arsenal “returning” to target Edinson Cavani—who PSG would allow to leave over the next two days. Creating the story makes it look like the newspaper is on the ball, and that Arsenal can’t buy anyone – and amazingly people believed it.
Julian Draxler? Yep Arsenal were in for him. And that’s a win win for the media because if Arsenal don’t sign him they can keep on with the chatter about the failure of Arsenal, and if they do, they can laugh at how Arsenal have purchased another “injury prone” player.
Then it was “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to swoop to land Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez following the Algerian’s superb start to the season.” Oh no he wasn’t.
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