Having wandered into a mathematical world of unreal numbers yesterday, today we face the big issue.
Where do negative stories come from?
Right up to the signing of Mr A yesterday there were stories saying the deal was dead – one I saw said that the FA were going to refuse the deal for being too late. The blogger later admitted that the story was completely made up, but I just wonder where all this negativity about Arsenal originates from. It can’t all come from the Hen and Baskett and those bars in Canary Wharf.
Take today’s Guardian, which says
“controversy continues to stalk the deal after claims emerged that some of the relevant documents had not been lodged with the Football Association by Monday’s 5pm deadline.It is understood that Zenit did not submit their forms in time and there are also suggestions that there was a slight issue with Arsenal’s submissions”
Yes, well, that could be that someone forgot to dot a t and cross an i. Or not. While all the positive bits saying that everything was perfectly ok were all given sources in that story, this negative one (the one that made the headline) remained anonymous.
That’s how it goes in football. There are more people who dislike Arsenal than love Arsenal, so if they run an anti-Arsenal story it will satisfy the readership.
My personal preference is to ignore the negativity and come straight out with predictions and then stand by them (although I guess I might be tempted to take a page down if I got it hopelessly wrong). And when a club or person does something I don’t like I curse them. No half measures here.
Among recent triumphs of this policy have been:
Birmingham City – cursed so hard that there have been arrests for financial and sexual bad behaviour, fraud squad raids, and relegation.
M Flamini – cursed not so hard, but who signed up for what he thought was guaranteed regular appearances for Milan, but has started under half the matches and is clearly unhappy.
Milan itself – a club that buggered around over Ade and Flamini and upset a lot of people. Lost their last few games last season and so moved from being almost certain of a Champs spot, into the UEFA cup.
Real Mad who also messed us around last summer with their pointless tales of buying Cesc. Now see where they are in the league.
Samir Nasri – another long and drawn out transfer – when it had all gone quiet and 2 weeks before the actual transfer, this site said, it is back on and we are about to sign him.
Arshavin – when all seemed lost about a week ago, again the clear prediction – we’ve got him and this is why.
Denilson – a bit slow off the mark here, it wasn’t until a few weeks into the season that the pro-Denilson bits started. He is now shown on stats to be the best defensive midfield player in the league, and was clearly the man of the match last weekend.
There are more but I will leave it there with one more thought – a thought raised in the “replies” section the other day. There is also the issue of why so many Arsenal supporters love to read and believe all the negative stuff about Arsenal. Deep psychological issues are at work. Transference was mentioned. These are concepts that need much consideration.
I could go on, but one of my daughters is just back from 3 months in Australia where remarkably she did not fall off the bottom of the world, so I want to give her her Christmas presents.
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