by Tony Attwood
There’s an article on “Just Arsenal” which rails against the criticism that players like Bellerin, Xhaka and Ozil get from a small selection of Arsenal fans. To that one could add Mustafi and Cech who have also come in for continual abuse in the past year. Indeed just as I write this, Transfer Tavern have come up today with the headline, “Emery landing £8.1m-rated man would finally rid Arsenal of the awful Petr Cech”. It is just an example of the bile that spills out from the bloggettas every day.
Interestingly as we’ve noted several times in the past, the statistics often show that the players who are attacked generally don’t deserve it. Indeed as we have shown in some cases players who are attacked by Arsenal fans are actually rated among the best in the League.
Also on the positive front Football London have moved away from their normal position and are running a very positive story about the six superstar youngsters left behind by Mr Wenger. There’s the centre forward Eddie who notched up goal after goal in the under 18s and under 23s, and is now playing for England’s under 21s, Reiss Nelson who is now described as an attacking midfielder, but seemingly likes to play everywhere, Ben Sheaf in central midfield, and Maitland-Niles who of course we all watched this year.
Then there are a couple of extra names they’ve highlighted Xavier Amaechi the 17 year old winger and Emile Smith-Rowe, the attacking midfielder.
As for incoming players Arsenal, like many other clubs, have not signed anyone yet, as we know, but is that because the market is hardly moving yet or because Arsenal are dithering? Or is it because we have such talent emerging we don’t actually need to sign that many people?
In goal we have a whole range of young talent, and there is every chance one of them will be ready to step up at least to being backup keeper this year while Mavropanos was immediately put into the first team squad upon his transfer earlier this year.
To try and resolve this a little further we’ve been trying to pick up the main rumours that have been published in the last day or so about transfer targets coming into Tottenham and how they are written about to compare with the regular tales about Arsenal. Of course this is just a comparison one other club, but I don’t have the resources to go beyond this at the moment. If anyone would like to provide a list for another club we would of course publish it.
So here are the Tottenham transfer rumours appearing yesterday and today
1: Will Arsenal pip bitter rivals Tottenham to the signing of Benjamin Pavard?
2: West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur are both keen to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer. This same story pops up on multiple sites.
3: Tottenham on alert to sign Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic
4: Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could be on his way to Tottenham.
5: Tottenham to swap Dembele for Inter’s Ivan Perisic
6: Tottenham could be about to sell Rose and replace with Bernat
7: Tottenham have held talks with Adadou Haidara of Salzburg as they attempt to “swoop”
8: Both Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld are likely to leave and Tottenham will sign Matthijs de Ligt
9: It is likely that one of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Amadou Haidara, and Geoffrey Kondogbia will replace Dembele.
10: Tottenham are getting their priorities wrong and “desperately need some proper support for Harry Kane.” Jack Grealish from Villa is again mentioned.
That was 10 stories picked up in the space of maybe 10 minutes, all appearing in blogs and papers today – which is pretty much the same level as Arsenal. So no, I don’t think that makes Arsenal the ditherers; the nonsense rumours affect both clubs.
But what is so different is that there is nothing I immediately saw in the Tottenham blogs that was devoted to telling us how awful some of the team were. Now it could be argued that this is because Tottenham came third and Arsenal sixth, and thus we were a lot worse – a matter which came down to the defence (both clubs scoring the exact same number of goals in the league.)
However this knocking of Arsenal players has been going on for years – including in the years when Arsenal have come second or third. That seems to be the difference – Tottenham doesn’t have the endless list of disparaging articles in the media that Arsenal gets, and has been getting irrespective of trophies won – and it might be remembered that we have won rather more trophies than Tottenham in recent years.
The only big worry story for Tottenham, judging by today’s blog commentary, is that concerning the manager, with most sites seeming to say he is certainly not leaving, but a few expressing a worry that he could be tempted out.
However perhaps the biggest difference of all between the rumours on the Tottenham sites as opposed to the Arsenal sites is that there certainly seem to be more rumours of players leaving – and particularly the players who absolutely must be moved on because they are so awful. Xhaka, Bellerin, Mustafi…. you know the list.
So overall, equal rumours of Tottenham buying players, but virtually no articles disparaging the playing squad that we have had through most of this season. An interesting difference.
And elsewhere of late
- Arsenal the most penalised by refs among the current top four teams
- Mykhaylo Mudryk now listed in 17 different articles as coming to Arsenal!
- Arsenal attacking problems… what attacking problems?
- Men’s football returns at last: Arsenal in action this afternoon
- Is the injury to Gabriel Jesus equivalent to the assault on Eduardo in 2008?