By Sir Hardly Anyone
Up until now, the nonsense transfer news churned out by the national press and their camp followers has been a bit of a laugh. A case of us recording all the gibberish, putting it in a chart and then showing the results. Results such as that we found last season when each and every Arsenal first team player was tipped to be leaving.
And when the headline turned up saying “Arsenal star linked with shock return to Spain as Real Madrid prepare summer transfer” (
Likewise the ceaseless sniping by the Express and Star newspaper group with headlines like
- Hector Bellerin has gone backwards since breaking into the Gunners first team two years ago.
- Hector Bellerin: Arsenal star told Arsene Wenger he wanted to leave this summer
- Bellerin and Wenger are said to have held talks today over his future.
- The Sun are claiming the 22-year-old has told the Arsenal manager he wants to leave
But things have now turned really nasty with a audio recording on a video of a person who is supposed to be Hector Bellerin in a car.
What makes matters even worse is that the gibbering little bloggettas have leaped into the morass with statements such as “The video seems to have been created to stir up even more trouble for Gunners full-back.” 101 Great Goals who wrote that admit that the audio is a fake, but still insist it has caused problems. Worse, that sentence is typical bloggetta mud swirling, as it starts from the premise that Bellerin is in trouble in the first place.
Now it is said that “In the audio, the fake Bellerin claims he’s planning to talk to Arsene Wenger at the end of the season to demand a move to Barcelona,” and the fake voice claims that Mr Wenger promised to Mr Bellerin that things would improve at Arsenal. The imitation Bellerin replies that they haven’t and wants Mr Wenger to come good on his promise and let him go.
Not content to see how this pans out, the media have immediately jumped on the bandwagon with another story – this version comes from Rob Bleaney, a Daily Mirror man now carrying on the Mirror’s tradition of football make believe at the Guardian. He delivers, “Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín to Real Madrid?”
This piece suggests Florentino Pérez at Real Madrid is trying to recruit Héctor Bellerín and has ‘personally negotiated’ with the player “according to reports in Spain”.
There is also the regular Guardianesque put down of Bellerín suggesting his “form seems to have waned as his hair has grown”, with the make believe that he, “was always assumed to be heading back to Catalonia when he had had enough of Arsenal Fan TV – but Pérez has other ideas and is willing to pay €40m to hit Barça where it hurts.”
Now any decent reporting would note exactly what Arsenal Fan TV is up to, and why it is there, rather than add more manure to hit any whirling fans. It ends, “This transfer battle could get dirty,” which is nonsense. It is dirty and all the dirt is supplied by the journalists and their co-writers at the little blogs.
Last season, as noted above, it got to be the whole squad. We’re waiting to see if the media can achieve such nonsense again. And at least when you see the chart you can see just how untrue most of these stories are.
|What’s the story
|Barcelona / Real Mad
|Star readers have a memory span of less than 1 minute. But we have “Bellering” (TM) Untold. The Guardian has him going to Madrid to escape Arsenal Fan TV.
|He wants to reignite his career and is not happy at Walsall where he is on loan.
|Mail, Mirror, Sun
|Arsenal Fever, Sun
|Manu Petit says he will go.
|Mail, Mirror, Star, Sun
|Out of contract; and because of gross financial mismanagement AFC can’t afford him because of Ozil
|Leaving at end of season
|Wenger says how much he wants Jack to stay, but this doesn’t stop the suggestions that he his going. Arsenal Mania has him closing in on a new deal.
- Arsenal stars risk being solid, and other oddities of football lingo
- What do you know about Henry Norris? And how do you know it’s true?
- The very strange case of the secret deals involving English football rights on TV.
- Arsenal v Newcastle: the team and league positons AFTER the game.
- Arsenal v Newcastle: injuries, yellow cards and recent form
- Arsenal v Newcastle: the referee who just doesn’t oversee home wins
- Newcastle United’s weakness revealed and what they could do. Arsenal v Newcastle United.
- Arsenal v Newcastle: the tackles, fouls and yellow cards compared