by Tony Attwood
Arsenal could have done so much better this season, but thankfully there is still some of the season left so they might well have time to sort this out and make things right.
Here are just five of the failures of Arsenal thus far…
1: Continued to hold press conferences at which Mr Wenger politely and diligently answered each question.
It is patently obvious that no matter what Mr Wenger says it is going to be twisted and turned and manipulated to mean something completely different from that which he has said.
What they could have done is brought in a robot and let the robot say standard phrases such as, “I have great faith in my team,” and “Whatever I say you will publish something different,” or “I don’t know why you bother to be here; you just make up your fairy stories anyway.”
A grave error on Arsenal’s part.
2: Failed to give the media an alternative story to the “Arsenal get the most injuries” tale.
This was an Untold project in which we made injuries a central part of our weekly analysis, long before physioroom came along. But even after all our work, and the fact that slowly a few writers did drop the ludicrous story that Arsenal had the most injuries of any PL club, there were still people around propagating the tale.
Talk Sprout were particularly to blame here giving free reign to every nutter who wanted to run the tale of two parts: Arsenal get the most injuries and it is all the fault of Wenger’s training systems.
There were even “analyses” which showed the hundreds and hundreds of days lost to Arsenal players which managed in one case to have something like 62 weeks in a year, and count as Arsenal injuries the injuries to a player who had been out on loan for four months.
Arsenal could have published their own version.
3: Failed to emphasise that it is the trophies that are trophies.
We had the stuff going on about “Fourth is not a trophy” for several years – the sort of anti-Arsenal Arsenal equivalent of “Horseradish is not a horse” or “Piccadilly Circus is not a flower farm” but now that has transmuted into the FA Cup is not a trophy.
Becoming the team that has won the FA Cup more times than any other club, with the manager who has won the FA Cup more times than any other, and I think (from memory) more times than Liverpool, is not enough.
Talking gibberish is not a trophy either and it would have been helpful if Arsenal had boasted a little more about their achieved. Flags around the stadium is good, but not sufficient.
4: Failed to get a secret team of investigators together to see exactly what the PGMO was up to, tap their phone lines and then reveal all.
We have analysed so many football matches from the point of view of the refereeing that there is not much point of going on any further. The people who don’t like evidence don’t want to believe it, so that is about the end of the road.
Except there must be one or two other clubs out there that are a bit fed up with referees not doing anything about diving, referees flagrantly breaking the rules, referees who just do their own thing, PGMO claims for over 100% accuracy, and notorious examples of one way bias. If three clubs that are the worst affected by all this nonsense came together, it is just possible something might start being sorted.
At the very least if the club took and then published through an outside agency its own figures on refereeing that would help.
5: Failed to score fewer goals (at least thus far) than Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
This was an absolute demand of the anti-Wengerians this season and Mr Wenger has failed on this count totally. A poor show really, although there is still time to make things better.
The newspapers have of course ignored the fact, but then that is what they do.
And to prove the press in-exactitude is not new, try this