By Sir Hardly Anyone.
Apparently there was an anti-Wenger protest at the Arsenal on Saturday evening… but very people turned up because of the rain. At least that is what one of the bloggettas says, with pictures of a few guys hanging around Arsenal tube station.
Which is a bit odd because I used the station on Saturday, arriving about an hour before the match kicked off, and there was only a slight drizzle and no sign of any protest.
Mind you there was a considerable amount of booing for Sir Chips Keswick, chair of Arsenal, when he made a presentation to Tomáš Rosický at half time – an interesting development I thought. Perhaps this means that the anti-Wenger thing has now become a bit passé, and now the focus is elsewhere. Don’t tell the AAA though, it will upset their plans.
However I do see several bloggettas claiming that if they had not waged their virulent anti-Wenger campaign we would not have seen the transfers that have arrived in January. No evidence of course, but it is their point of view.
The newspapers however are unhappy with Tottenham with headlines in the Telegraph such as “Spurs won penalty with a very good dive, but it’s still cheating” and “Tottenham in cheat storm as Virgil van Dijk accuses Harry Kane and Erik Lamela of conning penalties from referee.” Those from the Telegraph.
It is quite a long time since we saw anything very negative at all about Tottenham. Mostly it is all quiet except when the praise is being lathered on. The Guardian goes with “Klopp blasts officials” – and if he did I wonder if they will ban him for matches as others occasionally have done to them for speaking out of turn.
HITC however have an interesting headline of a different type however with “Can Liverpool have same success with Wilshere after Arsenal switch as Ox?”
So has Oxlade Chamberlain been a success at Liverpool? Is Jack leaving, after both management and player have said he is staying? Certainly the bloggettas have started to say so, but I am not quite sure.
Of course if you read the bloggettas you would not know the transfer window thing is now shut, not least because we are told that “Liverpool and Arsenal have both agreed to meet the €32million asking price for Hoffenheim star Kerem Demirbay, according to reports in the German media.” (That is in Team Talk).
Mind you the Arsenal History Society (published from the same room as this blog) is running: The press discuss Arsenal (and gets it totally wrong.) However that article is about February 1920. Nothing much changes it seems.
Some of the headlines today are however of the standard hilarious style as with “Arsene Wenger reveals the big change Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have made to the Arsenal squad.”
So what did he say? We are all agog – at least until we read the answer…
“Yes, it’s always when you have new players it gives always a little positive swing,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website. “It wakes everybody up as well, because there’s suddenly competition so they have to live with that as well.”
Anyway, any feel good stuff that one might pick up is quickly washed away by the ever antagonistic Metro which today runs the headline “Aubameyang warned he’s at risk of being destroyed by Wenger at Arsenal.”
The explanation comes with the statement “Arsene Wenger has a history of ‘destroying strikers’ and new Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at risk of befalling the same fate, warns Garth Crooks.”
There is no explanation of how or why although Giroud (the current centre forward of the French team) is cited as an example. And I suppose Robin van Persie who came from nowhere to be the top striker in the country. Or that other guy… Terry Enry. Oh and Robert Pires. And Bergkamp who was previously lost in Italy.
Anyway not to worry because there are always more where Aubameyang came from once he is wrecked and sold. And I know this because the Daily Star tells me that “Real Madrid star Karim Benzema offered to Man Utd and Arsenal”. Very kind of them I am sure.
And here is one I really like: “Everton substitute shares what Allardyce told him before bringing him on against Arsenal”. That is the headline in
Well as it turns out, no.
“The manager told me to run hard: to get forward and back and try to affect the game,”
Bit of a let down really.
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