by Bulldog Drummond
So now we have established after endless errors on my part that Swansea City won the Football League trophy and not the FA Trophy. They are altogether different things. Glad we got that sorted. But I often wonder why there are people who want to tell me I’m wrong but don’t give the right answer. Probably just like to see me work I guess. Still, it is good to be told where the problem is so it can be corrected. Thanks to Sir Hardly who finally sorted it out and told me. In return for a glass of the red stuff.
Now on to the rest of the confusion. Here are the latest mind-bogglers, for those who wish to have their mind boggled. I have decided not to report where each story comes from to avoid embarrasing the poor sausages who thought them up. I mean I might confuse the FA Trophy and the FL Trophy but that is nothing compared to the cock-ups these guys make.
This one tells us that Real Mad are going to sign Mauro Icardi who Arsenal once enquired about. I think they sent a postcard a few years ago. It has nothing to do with contemporary Arsenal reality.
So a pundit says Aub is coming because Arsenal are unhappy that Laca isn’t scoring goals. Oh.
Of course they do. That is what is always said. Never that the deal was never close, or that the player didn’t want to move, or that Arsenal didn’t want to do the deal at all. No, it is always Arsenal are too slow. And the evidence is… missing.
But of course they can’t tell us who, because… it’s a secret. That was really worth it wasn’t it.
Big Twist – BBC Journalist Confirms Aubameyang To Arsenal Deal May Not Happen
That’s Malcolm. We’ve had that one before.
Another obvious one since Lacazette has been playing centre forward and that is Aubameyang’s position so something has to give. Sadly the story doesn’t tell us what the new position is.
Mr Wenger didn’t give much away either saying, “What is a good warning for us is that Liverpool are an attacking team – you cannot criticise them for not attacking, they are very dangerous going forward and they didn’t manage to score against Swansea.
“That is a good warning for us that we have to produce an absolute total offensive performance.”
Bizarrely Swansea have won five of their 13 Premier League matches against Arsenal – only Chelsea and Manchester United, (seven each), have done better against Arsenal. But Swansea haven’t done so well of late. Here are the last five
|31 Oct 2015||Swansea City v Arsenal||W||0-3||Premier League|
|02 Mar 2016||Arsenal v Swansea City||L||1-2||Premier League|
|15 Oct 2016||Arsenal v Swansea City||W||3-2||Premier League|
|14 Jan 2017||Swansea City v Arsenal||W||0-4||Premier League|
|28 Oct 2017||Arsenal v Swansea City||W||2-1||Premier League|
Of course it is easy to put any mistakes down to Mr Wenger but we might want to remember that the first meeting between the two sides was under Herbert Chapman when Swansea had emerged from the Third Division South for the first time ever and beat Arsenal 2-1 to march on to the FA Cup semi-final. I wonder if there were “Chapman out” shouts at Highbury.
The Swansea manager, Mr Carvahal, as noted in a previous piece was manager of Sheffield Wednesday, and they beat Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup in October 2015. Mr Wenger will remember that too.
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