By Walter Broeckx
I am busy on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Well as for Facebook I have to be busy as I am the chairman of the official supporters club in Belgium and we do a lot of our communication with our members using it.
Twitter is something special. It sometimes is (was) fun but a lot of times it is dreadful. I know that the handicap of 150 characters is terrible at times because you cannot really say what you want in such a short space and then you have to use 2 or 3 tweets and that isn’t really the best to make a good conversation.
In the transfer window period twitter is the play garden of the ITK’s (the ones In The Know). If the bloggettas and national media are bad…twitter is even worse. All kinds of people claiming to know someone who knows something from someone who had heard something from someone that has heard something and then passing on their “knowledge” is both funny, bizarre and terrible.
Now the problem is that some journalists know this all too well and they (in accordance with some managers?????) spread rumours. And of course if you want to attract attention from Arsenal supporters you can do so by spreading transfer rumours.
Twitter is a bit of a pissing contest. The more followers you have, the better you seem to be. In fact people even call out for other people to get them followed in order to get more followers in order to pretend to be more ITK than others. I must say that I have never asked people to follow me. I was on twitter because it was fun a few years ago. But now it is a frightening world. Sometimes I think the people of Twitter could just change their name in “Insult” as that is what you see most of the time.
As Tony pointed out in an article the other day: why so much hate? Well Twitter is a hate platform. Hence I don’t visit it that much anymore. There is already enough hate in the world without Twitter so I will not be part of it.
But what frightens me is the fact that there seem to be so many Arsenal fans out there whose only contribution seems to be to slag off anything that happens with Arsenal and most in particular Wenger.
As those who are on twitter might have been aware there has been that rumour that Arsenal are after Higuain. Only last week I wrote that it will be soon ‘Higuain spotted at the airport-time’ again and the rumours made a flying start.
Arsenal was serious and Wenger would meet one of the big ones from Napoli the media said and lots of “patati and patata” (A dutch expression to say that lots of hogwash is being said) about price tags, swaps with Giroud, oh well … stupid rumours.
The talk was mostly based on one reporter claiming to have spoken with someone who knows the manager of one of the players involved who didn’t rule out that there might be going to be some talks and well the usual bullshit we hear when a player is linked to Arsenal.
To make a long fairy tale short the ITK claimed that Arsenal would have to pay £80m for Higuain (really????) or would change him for Giroud. So how would that add to the team I wonder?
Anyway then they leaked that there would be a meeting somewhere this week (I believe it was to be today, according to what I read somewhere) to get a deal. Up in arms the Gooner twitter world went of course.
And then the next thing that happened was that the same sources (the ITK source of bullshit) came up with : Oh no, the meeting is off because it has been leaked in the media and Wenger then cancelled it.
As a result the shouting of abuse against Wenger went op on a twitter scale from 5 to 10.
But let us try to think about it using our brains. If Wenger really wants Higuain do you really think that Arsenal would stop or cancel negotiations because of a leak in the media????
IF and I repeat IF Arsenal wants Higuain they will probably have more problems with paying £80m for a 28 year old than with a media leak.
But the story presented by the ITK was that Wenger pulled out because of the media leak. Can you believe such utter nonsense?
Well the scary thing is…. Yes… my timeline was filled with people in anger shouting all kinds of abuse against Wenger and Arsenal because they pulled out of the deal.
Without using their brains of course. Because if they had used their brains they could have asked: Hey, those Higuain rumours we have heard them before. Is there any truth in them? Or is it just managers/journalists bullshit and invention? That is where I usually stop and classify it under the bullshit stories.
And even then they could ask themselves if the next rumours are believable? Because the Xhaka story was also leaked before its conclusion. And did Wenger and Arsenal pull out of the deal? No, of course not because Wenger wanted Xhaka to come. So a leak didn’t stop that deal.
But now it would stop the Higuain deal? Use your brain cells I would ask, but that seems to be asking too much for some people.
IF Arsenal and Wenger want Higuain it will not be a press leak that will stop this transfer. There are too many other things that can stop a transfer. The too high (in my opinion) price tag. Spending £80m on one player after we have already spend +£30M on Xhaka might be too much for Arsenal to pay. Or the wages might be a problem as Higuain will probably ask to be paid in $ and not £.
Or an offer from China. If you see how much they are willing to pay for a rather 2nd rate striker like Pelle…. Completely unbelievable….
For me the Higuain story is utter bullshit. An invention from a manager working with a journalist to stir up some transfer speculation in order to get him a higher salary at Napoli or in China and then no better team to use than Arsenal and then slag off Wenger in the same time for dithering, pulling out, getting snubbed, etc etc etc… you know the bullshit by now I think.
The biggest problem with social media is that it only takes 10 fingers to publish something and you really don’t need to use the brain cells in your head. Just shout, abuse and attack.
The world outside is frightening at the moment at times and social media is just a mirror of today’s sad state of affairs in the world.
PS: There still are some nice and intelligent people on twitter but somehow they get snowed under the hate and abuse messages people post.
- Suddenly everyone seems to agree. We’ve done the deal for Gonzalo Higuain. Well, nearly everyone.
- Aaron Ramsey: our undervalued midfield maestro
- “It’s been 12 hours since we last attacked Arsène Wenger. What’s keeping you???”
From the anniversary files
- 14 July 1894: It might seem trivial now but at the time it was a major step forwards. The first “Woolwich Arsenal Football Company Day Excursion” to Hastings patronised by 400 people, organised by the club’s great benefactor George Lawrence.