By Sir Hardly Anyone
It has been on my mind and troubling me somewhat: after the fearsome battering that Untold gave the blogettas and their allies at the Metro, Daily Excess, and other fish and chip holders, would there be any change now the window of transfers is dusted and done?
Would they perhaps stop being the Untrue Tales answer to Untold Arsenal? Were they embarrassed by their exposure on Untold, or do they just shrug it off? Or indeed do they sit there wondering how it is with (mostly) rather sensible and insightful articles on the state of Arsenal, the origins of the universe, and other such weighty matters, we get a million page views a month and they don’t?
Well, certainly they haven’t given up. But there have been some curious changes. The notion that you could judge the entire future of football from the first 90 minutes of the season was pretty well established prior to the 2015/16 campaign, and that is indeed where matters began.
But now, look at this:
Five games in, is predicting the Premier League top four already obvious?
Note the question mark. Previously this would be absolute assertion. But Caught Offside, a blogetta if ever there was one, asks the question!!! Mind you they then give us the answer.
Arsenal to finish 2nd, Liverpool miss out
They helpfully tell us that Man U is “extremely flawed” and that Leicester won’t stay second. That’s all right then.
Indeed even the transfer gibberish has been toned down about.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger to URGE board to splash the cash on £37m La Liga ace
You don’t even need to know the player is – what it interesting is that this story is that Mr Wenger is begging the board to make a bid. The conventional propaganda is that it is Mr W who holds the purse and decides what’s what and refuses to buy. How the world changes!
Meanwhile slightly back in the real world there is huge praise for both Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista and for once I’d agree with my scribbling chums.
Gabriel has played three games where no goals have been conceded. He is 24, and that is a good age to be with his centre half partner having become an Ancient at 30. Once more the manager seems to be able to pick defenders.
Caught offside also tell us perhaps a little less helpfully that Mourninho says after Chelsea he will live in London and the only club side he wants to manage is Arsenal.
I think we can move on from that one
Football roar meanwhile has the shortest ever article under the heading
Arsenal winger Wellington Silva outstanding in Bolton triumph
I am not sure that headline is completely right in the truth department, although he seems to be doing ok. He does get two mentions in the BBC report on the match against Wolverhampton, but neither seem to indicate oustandingness. This is what the entire “roar” article says.
Wellington Silva produced his best performance on English soil as Bolton Wanderers defeated Wolves yesterday.
The on-loan Arsenal winger was handed a full 90 by Bolton boss Neil Lennon and won high praise for his influence in the win.
So that’s that then. Moving on.
“I Was Close To Arsenal Move In The Summer” £80,000-A-Week Star Confirmed
That’s from Football columnist, a blogetta I have not seen before, and it tells us that “On missing the Community shield against Chelsea, he said “It was a surprise and a disappointment, “Let’s say it [leaving] crossed my mind.”
He being Debuchy.
The French full-back is expected to be the subject of bidding war between Swansea, Everton and Valencia come January, as Debuchy closes in on a move away from the club. Former Newcastle man Mattieu Debuchy has registered just 15 appearances for the club since joining the club from Newcastle in July 2014 for a fee of 12 million pounds.
Of course quite a few blogettas and some newspapers like to do player ratings, and these are often a bit odd. For example the Daily Mirror gives these among others for the saturday game.
- Cech 7 Didn’t have much to do but there when needed
- Bellerin 7 Two great blocks from Shaqiri and a big threat going forward.
- Koscielny 7 Brings calm to the defence and almost scored a 30 yarder.
- Coquelin 7 Excellent job breaking up play and crunching tackle led to first goal.
- Cazorla 7 Involved in most of Arsenal’s best bits. Great to watch.
- Ozil 7 Booked. Some lovely touches and great vision to set up Walcott’s opener.
- Sanchez 7 Yet to score this season but came close three times.
- Walcott 7 Scored one but could have had five.
That is a fairly boring analysis, not least because those guys got seven, whether they didn’t have much to do or were a big threat going forwards.
Apart from the fact that I disagree with some of the scores, what really struck me was that this type of little listing by numbers misses out on any tactical analysis. Like the substitution near the end which put Arteta next to Coquelin and let Santi Cazorla roam free up the pitch. Stoke didn’t quite get what was going on and it totally changed the shape of the game, and challenged them considerably. One liners and giving out sevens don’t really do it for me.
Meanwhile that old bunch of inventive nonsense ohtobeagooner is out on its own. They said,
Arsenal have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their clash against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City side.
Now you may not have noticed this major injury blow, because the squad was just about as most people said it would be, but no, they insist there is a crisis.
Summer signing Vlad Dragomir who arrived from Romanian club ACS Poli Timisoara appears to have picked up a major injury while on international duty.The 16-year-old winger who can also operate as a central midfielder, caught the eye of Arsenal scouts, who have been seeking to revive our Hale End Academy by bringing in highly talented youngsters.
However, Dragomir who has been tipped for a big future at Arsenal seem to have caught the Gunners injury bug after he uploaded a picture of himself walking with crutches.
I can’t find any back up for this tale. It might be true of course, but then again it might not.
On the doom and gloom injury front Squawka is always near the top and so it is today with
It’s believed that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will discover in the next two weeks whether or not he will need surgery to help fix his fractured leg, as reported by the Mirror.
As for the headline of the weekend try this one…
Arsenal should take us seriously. Football roar
But no, thankfully Football roar is not asking anyone to take them seriously. Instead they write…
Dinamo Zagreb defender Leonardo Sigali has warned Arsenal not to show any signs of complacency when they take on the Croatian outfit in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Dimano are full of confidence after a 4-0 win over Lokomotiva Zagreb in the Croatian league on Friday. Sigali, who scored in the victory over Lokomotiva, believes Dinamo are capable of causing an upset against the Gunners.
Jolly decent of them to tell us, I think.
But hey what’s this, the transfer window is up and running again???????
Arsenal lining up January move for Belgian STARLET
Arsenal are already planning ahead for the January transfer window, as The Metro reports that they are being linked to 18-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The Anderlecht starlet has been linked to multiple European clubs, and he has already shown star potential by playing in the Champions League at the tender age of 16.
Manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on the 18-year-old midfielder, as the Gunners are in need of more midfield depth.
So there it is. More midfield depth needed. You read it here, well if not first, then second.
14 September 2009: Eduardo’s two match ban for “deceiving the referee” was annulled after it was not established that the referee had been deceived. The precedent of challenging, changing and then un-changing the referee’s decision was set.
14 September 2013: Arsenal went top of the league after 3-1 away win to Sunderland. Game 9 in the sequence of the all-time record of away wins. Giroud and Ramsey (2) got the goals.
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