by Walter Broeckx
I never knew there are so many mind readers and clairvoyants. And in fact they all have one thing in common: almost all of them are Arsenal fans. Or pretending to be.
In the last weeks I have seen people telling us what some people really think and what and why they do things or don’t do things.
It’s a very strange thing that people know what Cesc is saying and also what he is thinking. Now it could well be that they all are very close and personal friends of Cesc and that he tells them from person to person what he thinks. But well to be honest I don’t really think they are that close to him in fact. So if they say “Cesc has said……” without any reference, there is no reason to believe them and we can ignore them.
The only things we can be sure what Cesc really said is reading the match day program or arsenal.com or when you see him in a LIVE broadcast on TV. I like to point out that it has to be a live broadcast where no cutting is possible. I think you would be amazed how the TV can completely change an interview with just letting one word out. I once was next to someone being interviewed and when I saw it later on TV I could see the cuts because I knew what he had said word by word. So I must say I am very careful even with interviews on TV. And even more I am very careful when you don’t see the question asked but only the answer.
To give you an example : If Cesc would say as answer : “Yes I would love to go to Barcelona this summer”. But what was the question? Was it : “Do you want to go play football in Barcelona next summer?” or “After the world cup would you like to go on holiday to Barcelona?” So you have to be very carefully with wath you see and even than you can not be sure.
Another thing is that they can give the reason why Cesc is leaving us. I speak in this terms as those are the terms they mostly use. There is no doubt in their mind: Cesc is leaving. And why can they say that? Obviously, because they can read minds. When they see a picture of Cesc they know what he is thinking now. And after reading his mind they come on the internet and declare it as the truth.
So Cesc is leaving because Arsène Wenger refuses to buy. Another one is Cesc is leaving because we didn’t win anything. And how about Cesc is leaving because Wenger sticks to the useless players around him. Well I think you all have read the arguments if you have been on the internet the last weeks.
In fact the only thing I can be sure of is that those are not the thought’s of Cesc. In fact it are the thoughts from the one who is saying it and he just puts the words in the mouth or brain of Cesc. There is no way you can deny such things in fact. As we, well I certainly, cannot read other peoples mind. But also there is no way they can prove those things. We just have to trust them that they can read other peoples mind. So I think you can understand me when I say that I really cannot put any trust in their words. But they write it down as a fact, without any proof.
And once someone has written it down and if it is taken over by others it becomes even more a fact. Because the next person will tell you: I have heard from someone that…and then you fill it in as you like. Even more when somewhere along the line someone is using the words “I have heard from a reliable source….” And so the words gets spread and the rumours grow bigger and bigger. And the only thing they have as a result is that the confusion also gets bigger.
The danger is, like Tony has pointed out last week, that there are people on the internet who only are looking to create those things. Those few people with many email addresses who will do anything to create bad news and a bad atmosphere.
When we look at the statements they make we can also see that they mostly connect Cesc’s departure with the failure of Wenger. Or better said the results they consider to be a failure. It looks like they are projecting their hate against Wenger and using the possible departure of Cesc to settle their account with Wenger.
As we live in a free world it is a right to dislike Wenger. I have no trouble with that. There are also a few persons in this world I really do not like and that is also my right, so I cannot deny this right to other people. But if you don’t like Wenger just say so and talk about him. But don’t pretend that Cesc is leaving because of Wenger.
IF, and I am going to repeat it and in capitals to make it clear that I am talking in conditional mode, IF Cesc really want to leave us he will not do this because he has something against Wenger. The contrary will be the case. IF he will leave he knows that he would have to hurt Wenger by doing this. In the last years Cesc has openly declared on many occasions that he trusts Wenger and that he is very grateful for what Wenger has done for him. If you can believe what he has said the last day he once again expresses his great admiration for Wenger. So those who were reading mind and declared that Cesc was leaving because of Wenger they can eat some humble pie. Also in the past Cesc even mentioned some kind of father-son relation between them.
No I know that not all father-son relations stand the test of time. Most sons at a certain point leave home to build their own live. It is the natural way in nature. And most footballers are human so Cesc also.
IF, conditional mode, IF Cesc would leave us this summer I think it will be for other reasons. I don’t know what the reasons will be but it will be up to Cesc to explain them and not to some bloke on the internet who wants to get rid of the manager and hopes to use Cesc to cause upset among the fans. I think Cesc will cherish the relation he had with Wenger as it was Wenger who made Cesc to what he is know. It was Wenger who stuck out his neck and played the young Cesc when Vieira left. It was Wenger that gave him the chance to become a world class player and in other teams it is doubtful that he would have been given the chance at the age he got it at Arsenal. Maybe if he had stayed in Barcelona when he was 16 he would still have been in the youth team or in maybe in the reserves and maybe on the bench and maybe filling in when Xavi or Iniesta was injured and no one was left.
I’m not saying he is not good enough but there are not many managers out there who want to take a risk with a young player and stick with him and give him the chance to continue his learning process. And now when Cesc at the age of 22 has become the final product of Wenger’s work it would be hard to lose him.
And then we come up with the people who are reading the mind of Wenger. They just state it as a fact that even when Cesc would leave Wenger would not buy anyone to replace him. Is there any evidence for this? No. It is just them, again, reading the mind of Wenger and telling us what they read inside his head. And then we see the whole merry-go-round again of people who confirm this, state it as a fact and consider it as a fact.
I can only suggest to those people who pretend they can read minds and look in the head of other people to undergo a test in laboratory conditions to prove they can really read other peoples mind. And if they pass this test, fine with me I could give them credit but for the moment I can only ask by myself : what is the reason they do this? Why are they pretending they can read other peoples mind? Is it to cause upset? Is it to make them self look interesting? To me they are only people who are showing off but with nothing to show in fact.
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