By Bulldog Drummond
If there is one thing we have known for a long time about Alex Iwobi it is that he was not good enough. Consider some of these headlines:
Arsenal Fans Blast Iwobi – You Are Not Good Enough
OwnGoalNigeria, 16 Feb 2017
Arsenal: Alex Iwobi not good enough, again
Arsène Wenger: I’ll fine Alex Iwobi if partying is true
The Times 9 Jan 2018
Alex Iwobi faces being fined by Arsenal after being photographed at a party …
He’s just not good enough. Somehow he got worse
Footballfancast, 4 April 2018
Arsenal: Alex Iwobi showing just how ill-equipped this club truly is
PainintheArsenal 3 May 2018
So what a shock it is to wake up and find that today’s headline is not just
Boost for Arsenal as star set to return for Newcastle United clash
And that is not the only positive story about an Arsenal player this morning. We also have
Matteo Guendouzi is everything people think he is
Also on the positive front we have “Unbeatable: This is the amazing XI Arsenal should play from now on to secure a top 4 spot” from
What makes this particularly interesting is that at the start of the season almost all the players in the Arsenal starting XI were being hammered – in fact every player at Arsenal was being hammered except for Bellerin, before, as if noticing the omission, all the blogs and newspapers turned on our Hector.
Anyway the Pain in the Arsenal magic team is
Bellerin Sokratis Mustafi Monreal
Ozil Ramsey Aubameyang
What is interesting there is that the lineup does include one or two players who like Iwobi have been sacrificed on the alter of audience numbers in the past. Well in fact all of them were at the start of the season, with the possible except of Monreal who wasn’t playing. Certainly there were days when Mustafi would probably have wanted to ban all newspapers and internet connected computers from his house and as for the commentary on Cech…
And really was it not just a couple of weeks ago that Ozil was the ultimate enemy of all decent football going people, the man who had stormed out of training and refused to play for the club because he was being asked to play in a position he didn’t want?
And as for Cech, well. Oh no hang on I’ve done that one. (Sorry there was so much hatred of Ozil and Cech doing the rounds it is hard to get it out of my head).
So what is this? Could it at long last be the odd scribbler here and there looking at the meanderings of Untold Arsenal and thought, “hey let’s be positive – we ain’t done that before”? No, that’s probably going too far, but it is a pleasant surprise to find such commentaries.
Elsewhere the Express, one of the biggest abusers of players, has a story about how the abuse Bellerin received really affected him (they don’t say sorry, but at least they recognise what they are doing), and Caught Offside comes up with another positive message under the headline “Arsenal star gives exciting insight into how Unai Emery has transformed the club”
This Caught Offside story is about Bellerin (again) who is quoted as saying, “With Arsene, he wanted us to play in the same way regardless of the opponents. The idea was that we could play in our way and beat anyone. But Emery is very focused on preparing a plan for our next opponents, whoever they may be.
“It is very detailed and very professional. The next few months are going to be very exciting for all of us. We will reach a higher level.”
Which is particularly interesting, since if you can think back to a few lines above in this little ramble we had Transfer Tavern telling us that they had come up with the perfect lineup – implying it should be played in every match.
And tantalizingly, perhaps showing show how far this transformation of approach to Arsenal has gone we have the headline “Xhak-attacks? Are they unfair?” from
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