By Tony Attwood
Let’s start with headline of the day:
Arsenal vs. AC Milan: Be Weary of These Rossoneri
Now you do need to know the difference between “weary” and “wary” to get this one, but once you do, it is rather amusing.
However let’s move on…
Fake News is odd. I mean I can understand why people do it when it benefits themselves or their political viewpoint but why people do it when there is no real gain to them, takes us into rather deeper psychological waters.
For example on 1 October 2017 the Las Vegas shooting took place with 58 people dead and and hundreds more injured, loads of videos appeared on You Tube claiming the attack was a “hoax”. Now with each new mass killing videos go up at once claiming that actors were used to mock up the claim.
I guess this is all done to help protect the 2nd Amendment and make guns easy to get hold of, so gruesome and awful as it is one can understand why the fake news is created. Also since each of these fake videos goes viral You Tube earns a fortune in additional advertising revenue, so it has a good reason either to do nothing much, or to do little but pretend it is doing a lot.
But when people bother to spread fake news about the people who run Untold, I have to wonder why. I mean it is awfully nice of these people to keep coming on Untold because that suggests they think there is something significant here, but actually posting the stuff about it being run by people who either never go to games or don’t live in England or both seems really odd. If we are as insignificant as they say, why bother?
I guess it is only when fake news is directed at you personally you get to feel how odd it is. I mean I know that of the four of us most closely associated with the running of the this blog, three are season ticket holders and the fourth president of one of the official overseas clubs. As I am sure you can imagine it seems so strange to read a whole stream of people (including a couple writing in as if different people) writing that this is not true.
I know I am old, but I still have some sort of grasp on reality. So what’s the point? Although in a sense I feel rather good about anyone bothering to create fake news about myself and Untold, it sort of suggests that we have a certain importance – otherwise why bother?
And mostly the fake newsers seem to be fairly harmless – the ones who do cause concern are those who threaten violence against myself and my family and I just have to trust in the police and the club to deal with them.
But anyway fake news rambles on, and is after all the focus of most of what is published these days about football. So let’s have some… because one day one of these tales might actually be true. I know that is not likely but…
1: The manager: According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have been convinced that Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is the man to take over from Arsene Wenger. Football London bloggetta has this too so it must be invented. Other sources say that immediately after the end of the season Mr Wenger will stand down.
2: Everton want Jack Wilshere on a free at the end of the season. (Sports Mole). Now this interesting because the fake newsers all used the tales of Alexis and Mesut to create whimsical scenarios about those two leaving, and indeed last summer about every single player in the first team squad departing. Of course Alexis did go and we got a player who, to me, looks rather good: Mkhitaryan. But no this was going to be disaster. However…
3: Alexis Sanchez is neither delivering the goods nor proving very popular at Man U at least according to that old fake news source, “Reports”. Indeed that tale is just about everywhere, but the question no one is asking is, “Did Mr Wenger realise his time was up?” That is what some have said: it was all a con trick on Man U. Or is that more fake news?
Well, journalist Raphael Honigstein told the Totally Football Show Podcast: “It has become a bit of a joke to laugh at Arsenal because they made the noise ‘finally we got rid of Alexis Sanchez’, but I think it’s been under-reported just how badly the whole Arsenal dressing room hated Alexis Sanchez. They really felt that he was just playing up to the camera doing all these things like ‘Oh I’m trying but nobody else is! What am I doing here?’
“Arsenal would put up stats inside the dressing room last year after every game showing the amount of kilometres run, the passing, and Sanchez would regularly come out with the lowest mileage by a big distance.”
Fake or true? The Mirror thinks that what Honigstein said is true.
4: Arsenal open to selling Bellerin for €56m, and he is liked by Juventus and “Give us your money” also known as Barcelona. This is from
5: Mkhitaryan: “We’re always playing for those who come and support us; [those] who are really coming and supporting us are real fans. To those who are coming to the stadium just when we are winning we have nothing to say. Just thanks to the fans who were supporting.” Did Mkhit say this? Sports News AM thinks so.
6: It’s not Malcom it’s Maycon: According to UOL eSporte, Arsenal have opened talks with Maycon’s representatives and the Corinthians midfielder wants to move to north London this summer. Is your judgement of this story affected when you hear it comes from Arsenal Station?
7: The curious tale of Tottenham’s survey
Those old basket cases who endlessly report Bellerin going back, Don Balon, now claim Monaco have made Reiss Nelson their prime target for this summer, as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe – who went to PSG in a fraudulent loan deal which Uefa fell for. Gunnersphere has this one.
So it goes. Fake News Rules. Who knows what’s true?