In my all encompassing survey of ways of knocking the Arsenal employed by journalists and bloggers I thought I had just about done it all, seen it all, and covered all the ways in which people can knock the Arsenal.
But then comes along the Bleacher Report run by Foxy News (a fanatical right wing emporium that is within the combine that makes the Simpsons).
What they have done is found that someone somewhere asked Diarra what he learned from the Lord Wenger and Diarra said, “nothing”. (That is to say he said the word, not that he said nothing, if you get my drift).
And that was it.
So the Bleacher Report then does this headline (and I kid you not, it really is there)…
Diarra—who was at Arsenal for less than five months—said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais today that his time at the Emirates was a wasted period in his career….”
And so it goes on.
As Ian pointed out in correspondence yesterday on this site, if we get many more defenders out we will have the headline that says “5 of Arsenal’s back four out for the rest of the season”.
The Fox article is untrue in its facts (only one player is out for the majority or all of the remainder of the season) and in the implications. There are no questions to be answered, nothing of interest, just a very good player who thought he could walk straight into our first team no matter what, and then got in a huff when he found he couldn’t, and went to play for Portsmouth, as you do.
Of all the attempts to knock Arsenal is this the silliest (I’ll put the full link at the end so you can read the whole load of tripe if you feel so moved and have nothing better to do). The facts are wrong, the implication is wrong, the story doesn’t exist, and the writers haven’t got a clue.
Could it be, could it just be, that the three clubs around us, KGB, Manchester B and Liverpool I, actually pay journalists to write stuff that knocks the Arsenal?
That seems a bit beyond even George Orwell, and yet… The question is, why bother?
I suppose you could ask the same about my daily meanderings around the world of Arsenal, and my answer would be: I started because I was frustrated that the point of view that Wenger was a brilliant manager building a new brilliant team was being lost among the rubbish spouted by the press. I continue because 60,000 people a month read at least some of these pages.
And I quite enjoy writing it.
But my point is that my ramblings are positive and for some readers occasionally amusing (although I appreciate that many people agree with the correspondent who said, “Dont give up the day job” – which was unfortunate since my day job is the writing of slightly amusing pieces).
But why to Fox journalists bother to write something that is so utterly negative?
I wonder, and I am not quite sure.
Now where the bloody hell is Wigan?
(c) A. Bemused of the East Mindlands.
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