By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw
You may remember, if you have a long memory, that Untold got a little upset by the Guardian journalist Amy Lawrence a while back. What frustrated several of us was her use of trickery to suggest that the statement that Arsenal having only two players who scored in double figures showed how awful the club was.
An analysis of the situation revealed however that this figure put Arsenal in the elite. 15 clubs in the Premier League had only one player who reached double figures. It was a typical piece of what has become contemporary football journalism – giving a fact without context in order to change its meaning.
So each year we keep an eye on this issue, and with still two games to go, Arsenal have three players who have scored in double figures: Lacazette, Ramsey and Welbeck. And with Aubameyang on eight and two matches left to play there is a chance this year we might have four such players.
What makes the figures even more interesting is that Alexis left the club having scored eight and Giroud seven. If either had stayed they could have entered double figures too.
Of course I am counting all competitions here, but there is a good reason to do this I feel because it does show that we do have a very forceful combination of forwards in the club now. Playing both Aubameyang and Lacazette together is working, and indeed it means that if either player is injured we still have a prime centre forward able to take on any defence.
Indeed such has been the impact of Aubameyang that the Guardian in a headline admits things have changed as they say, “Aubameyang can revive Arsenal”.
The paper also, in another article, have an interesting insight saying, “The scene after the final match of the season at Goodison, with Allardyce diplomatically absenting himself from a players’ lap of appreciation that took place in front of almost empty stands, did not augur well for next season, for the manager’s future, or for Everton’s eventual move to a new home.”
Interestingly, with Everton, we got the usual load of abuse for suggesting that the poor old tax payer might end up footing the bill for the new ground. But since then there have been admissions that given the way the council is guaranteeing the project, it could indeed happen. Certainly as the Guardian suggests, having a manager who absents himself from the occasion of the team’s lap of appreciation, and most fans not bothering to stay, things don’t look that good at the club.
But then if you must sign Allerdyce…
And Speaking of perception Jacob Steinberg says, “What could possibly make a club as chaotic as West Ham think they are above him?” The him being their current manager David Moyes. But apparently that is what they are thinking of doing as the club prepare to descend to the next level. After all once you have raped the tax payer, what next?
Finally, I am glad to see that Mesut Ozil rose above the rancid attack on him by Martin Keown, who said on the awful BT Sport, ‘These are crocodile tears I’m seeing. He’s not conning me. ‘I bet he doesn’t play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won’t be able to play at the weekend. He wasn’t fit to wear the shirt for me tonight [the Europa League semi], and I have seen this a lot this season.”
Ozil in fact played with a back injury in that match. It was a gamble, and it could be argued that it should not have been taken, but it was, and indeed he missed this weekend;s game. Ozil will quite possibly miss the forthoming away games too.
But of course the sniping continues by the hour with the main fun being working out what psychological trauma the writer is displacing to make him write such stuff. Here’s just one to round off the prolonged holiday weekend…
The headline from the Transfer Tavern reads
Wasted talent: The Arsenal youngster that should really consider leaving the club this summer
“Unfortunately, though, whilst many players are likely to have a different experience under whoever comes in to replace Arsene Wenger, there are a couple of players that may be unaffected.
“One such player is young Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal’s talented young attacker. In truth, it’s hard to see any way of him getting into the Arsenal first team, and so perhaps it’s time for him to seek an exit this summer.
“After all, he’s already 21 and is yet to have a sniff at gaining a role in the Arsenal first team in the Premier League, and a couple of fairly unproductive loans over the last few years have done little to help his case.”
A little mention of the terrible injuries that Zelalem has had, his promising comeback on loan at Rangers… no these are mere details, and why should details matter when you can write a headline of such negativity?
It will, of course continue. The new manager knows what to expect.
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