By Tony Attwood
Tucked away at the foot of a long article in the Guardian about Arsenal’s transfer of Aubameyang is this notion
“It remains unclear if Dortmund are willing to sell this month given the lack of time to secure a replacement.”
That is quite a killer in terms of a deal, because if the club don’t want the man to go, he won’t go.
Tucked away at the foot of an article in the Times is the comment from Mino Raiolathat, Mkhitaryan’s agent who says, (allegedly) “Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around.”
The suggestion is that without a deal relating to Mkhitaryan there is no Alexis move to Manchester United. The web site continues with the report that the agent has said,”Mkhitaryan would actually prefer a move back to former club Borussia Dortmund,”
There is a report in the Telegraph that Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat “is believed to have assured Arsenal that Aubameyang is hard working and dedicated and that his current issues at Dortmund are not reflective of his normal personality.”
I think the word “believed” is quite important in this. In the Guardian that “believed” becomes “understood” as in “For their part, Arsenal are understood to be unconcerned about Aubameyang’s disciplinary record despite reports to the contrary.” They note that Sven Mislintat, whom they insist on calling “The German” made the arrangements that were responsible for helping to sign Aubameyang from Saint-Étienne.
Meanwhile the Telegraph tells us that “Mislintat is believed to have assured Arsenal that Aubameyang is hard working and dedicated and that his current issues at Dortmund are not reflective of his normal personality.”
Tucked away in all this is the use of words like “believed” suggesting that no one really has much idea about anything. And yet the stories continue to dominate that needy sports news – needy in the sense that they need stories every day to keep people reading.
So where does Lacazette fit into this move for a new forward? The Telegraph has an answer for that, although it comes with another “believed”. “Arsenal believe he will benefit from competition for his place and is also capable of partnering Aubameyang.”
Certainly it is inteesting how often the name “Mislintat” appears in all this, with the Daily Mirror pronouncing that “How Sven Mislintat has changed Arsenal’s outdated scouting system since arriving from Dortmund.” Other papers are pointing out that it was he who recommended Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, who put in an excellent show at the under 23 game against Manchester United which Arsenal won 4-0.
Apparently Mislintat was also the man who proposed that Arsenal sign Malcom, although the story now is that Bordeaux don’t want to let him go.
Unfortunately the Mirror doesn’t actually tell us much about the “how” or what was outdated about the “old” system, although it is interesting that the Mirror is now quoting Football London, which it owns, rather than just Football London quoting the Mirror. This means that the “according to reports” transfer rumours can now be kept fully in house by the paper and the website simply quoting each other as the source of any story they make up.
In fact as one starts to look further into the various rumours swirling around at the moment, something rather incidious emerges.
“Aubameyang once enjoyed a close relationship with some members of the German press but, having been warned by Dortmund about speaking out on his future, that has steadily deteriorated over the past 18 months,” says the Guardian.
It is a clue to what is going on. The club has told the player not to discuss his future with the media – which is normal. But the media is calling that a deterioration in relationships, which is another way of saying they are now filling up space by making stories up.
His father was particularly annoyed by the media calling one reporter, “A shitty journalist who treats my son like a monkey. I feel he wants to take us back to Hitler’s time. I just think the little monkey and his family have to leave here because at least this small class newspaper will be quiet to know we are no longer at home.”
The problem is that if the player and his family are having problems with the German press, they will quickly realise that what goes on there is nothing compared to the way the British media act – a media which has looked at what Donald Trump does to the truth and taken it as a blueprint rather than a dire warning. (Actually that is just an update on the notion of the media having read the novel “1984” and taken that as a blueprint rather than a warning, but I think it works just as well.
Anyway, one more snippet: with all these forwards coming to Arsenal what does that mean for Olivier Giroud? The Telegraph obligingly tells us…
“The arrival of Aubameyang would be a blow for Olivier Giroud, but Dortmund may try to take the Frenchman in the opposite direction. Giroud has admitted that he was close to joining Dortmund last summer, but the German club pulled the plug because Aubameyang stayed. Dortmund could now ask that Giroud is included in Arsenal’s bid for Aubameyang or try to sign him in a separate deal.”
Which now means there is an extra level in the exchange process. No wonder everything is always done in the final seconds of the window. I wouldn’t try holding your breath.
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