Continuing the contrasting styles of reporting Arsenal and other clubs. Today: Liverpool

“Arsenal are an attacking team. You may not have gathered that from their goal tally (and goals surrendered), but it’s true. They have so many options that they might actually have too many elite attackers. Because, as it stands, they have four guys for three spots.”

There is a fair amount of nonsense packed into those four short sentences.   First it might be helpful to recognise that Arsenal were the third highest scoring team in the League last season behind Liverpool and Man C, equal with Tottenham and above Man U and Chelsea.

Second, to go into a season with just three forward players in the team would be ludicrous given the rate at which injuries come around.  As we have shown on Untold, at great length, Arsenal are far from being the club with the most injuries (one of the media’s favourite tales in days gone by) but injuries do happen and cover is needed.

What’s more we don’t actually know the formation the manager will use, and it is not impossible that he will adopt the approach suggested here, of a different set up away from home from the matches at Arsenal Stadium, in order to overcome last season’s very poor away record.

So I suspect there would have been multiple criticism of Arsenal if the situation concerning Fekir had come our way.   Meanwhile on the Arsenal related sites the statements which may be (or most likely are not) true, continue as with Lucas Torreira. “Arsenal agree £21.9m deal over signing of 22-year-old,” says Red London.  Hmmm.  I must have missed that one.

5 Replies to “Continuing the contrasting styles of reporting Arsenal and other clubs. Today: Liverpool”

  1. Looking for news about the quality of England’s referees, I ran across a list of 50 jokes about football.

    This was among them:
    > God and the devil were having an argument, and Satan proposed a football game between heaven and hell to resolve the dispute. God, in his eternal goodness, pointed out that it wouldn’t be a fair match because all the ‘good’ players go to heaven. The devil smiled, replying, “Yes, but we’ve got all the refs.”

    With respect to reporting on Arsenal versus other clubs, a number of the jokes have [insert team here] in them, so are generic. There are a few that are specialised to a specific team.

    To close things out, there are jokes about FIFA (on the Internet). Here is one:
    > “Investigating #FIFA for corruption must be like searching Dunkin’ Donuts for donuts.”

  2. Well well well

    Olympique Lyonnais just announced they stopped all negotiations with Liverpool. Can’t wait to see how the media are going to try to spin it…

  3. By the way, even though the OL statement doesn’t (as expected) give the reasons behind this decision, according to reliable sources, Liverpool tried to lower the transfer fee AFTER the medical took place.

  4. Wow, just wow.. The people running Liverpool really are an utterly shameless, snake-like bunch. Can you even imagine the reaction in the media if Arsenal even attempted to pull some of things that Liverpool have done in the transfer market? We would never hear the end of it.

    Of course the media wouldn’t report it, but I can only hope that Liverpool have/get a well-known reputation for conducting themselves in such an underhanded and slimey manner, making many clubs refuse to work with them.

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