By Tony Attwood
Since the WC final there’s been a perfect example in the today of how different papers can take totally different positions when it comes to the same event. The Guardian has been full of headlines about how the French nation rejoiced at their victory in the world cup, and celebrated the arrival of a new national hero. “Kylian Mbappé the top ticket in French collection of bottomless talent” is one headline among many.
Meanwhile the Telegraph went in exactly the opposite direction with “Tear gas and water cannon used amid looting on Champs Elysees after France’s World Cup final victory” as their main headline.
Elsewhere for Arsenal it is mostly doom and gloom. There is a “Big Controversy” for Granit Xhaka following Swiss outrage that he holds two passports. Shock horror. I think we knew that. He’s Albanian and he’s Swiss.
But then we have the nightmares…
Nightmare 1: Transfer Tavern continues its miserable walk into the eternal darkness with “Ramsey leaves, fail to sign N’Zonzi: Arsenal’s nightmare scenario before season starts,”
Nightmare 2: It’s the Tavern again as its computer rolls out story after story with “Golovin chooses Arsenal, fail to appoint Sarri: Chelsea’s nightmare scenario before new season.”
Now you might notice a similarity there, and it is something that is creeping into football reporting on a daily basis. More and more of the blogs are parts of chains with one site for each club, replicating the same sort of story over and over. The machine code comes up with a headline and then runs it for every team it covers.
Indeed I think I could do that myself and perhaps we should have a regular machine code column…
Nightmare 3: “Stadium falls down, no one signed: Tottenham’s nightmare scenario before season starts.”
Nightmare 4: “Civil War breaks out in Abu Dhabi as revolutionaries declare ‘All the oil has gone.’ Man City’s nightmare scenario before season starts.”
Nightmare 5: “John Henry admits to being a congenital liar and puts Liverpool up for sale. Liverpool’s nightmare scenario before season starts.”
Nightmare 6: “All six Man U players in the WC return to Old Trafford with new styles while refusing to discuss anything with their manager. Man U’s nightmare scenario before season starts.”
Nightmare 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: Football Transfer Tavern went even further with “Top 5 Tottenham ‘nightmare scenarios’ this summer”. I couldn’t be arsed to click on the link as there were too many adverts in the way but take it from me, five is the new one.
Elsewhere we have the usual hints that Arsenal’s transfer approach is falling apart as with “Sevilla want €40m for Arsenal and Barcelona target N’Zonzi” which popped up in loads of places.
But there was a spot of light relief as Ramsey’s agent had a pop at the 40 a day Football London with “Aaron Ramsey’s agency issue contract update amid reports of new five-year deal for Arsenal ace”. FootLond ran its same old same old story which began, as each one of the last week’s 280 posts have begun, “It’s been a rather busy summer at the Emirates with Unai Emery bringing in a number of new additions ahead of the 2018/19 season.”.
Following their usual fantasy land make believe Ramsey’s agent tweeted. “Keep making stuff up!!!” Nice one.
But make it up they do
Fantasy 1: Monaco make bid and confident of signing Chelsea, Arsenal WC target (That’s Golovin)
Fantasy 2: Arsenal transfer news: Tottenham and Chelsea losing race for Barcelona star – bookies (That’s Gomes) The
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