By Sir Hardly Anyone
These stories have all “broken” this morning. I thought you might enjoy seeing some old favourites.
1: Arsenal get more injuries than anyone else but now Tottenham are overtaking them
Headline: ‘Nightmare’, ‘Turning into Arsenal’ – Some Tottenham fans react to reported season-ending injury.
The tale: Luke Amos is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury he sustained last week.
2: Arsenal have brought Ramsey to fruition but selling him will be a good move
Headline: Latest Aaron Ramsey story will be music to the ears of Unai Emery and Arsenal fans
The tale: Ramsey going to Real Madrid will encourage other youngsters to come to Arsenal so they too can be sold on to a big club.
3: Players sometimes don’t tell the truth!
Headline: Arsenal news: Two Gunners legends give honest opinions on Aaron Ramsey contract saga
The tale: Arsenal have lost Alexis and Wilshere and now will lose Ramsey. “It’s a shame but it’s a recurring situation at Arsenal. Ozil took a long time, Sanchez as well and then he went.” said Sol Campbell. “Losing Ramsey would be a heavy blow, especially if he goes to a rival club.” Robert Pires however said, “I don’t know what’s happening at the end of the season.”
Reality: We’re not missing Alexis or Wilshere, we’ve cut our salary bill, and screwed Man U and WHU with players who are not delivering for them. Another swap deal involving Ramsey in January could be just the ticket.
4: Fulham have a better midfield than Arsenal and will show it next weekend
The tale: Seri is much better and a much greater influence on the game than Torreira
5: Alexis Sanchez is unhappy at Manchester United.
Headline: Sanchez says he regrets joining Man United
Source: Football London
The Tale: Well, you know, he’s not scoring, not playing well, looks miserable and the story is absolutely everywhere. It’s just another bot-created tale.
Reality: He’s not scoring, not playing, looks miserable… well, you know the rest.
6: Selling Alexis to Man U was a typical Arsenal trick
Headlines: “Manchester United fans think Arsenal robbed them with Alexis Sanchez deal.” and “Manchester United fans cheer as Alexis Sanchez is taken off against Valencia, tear into him”
Source: Manchester Evening News, Sports Keeda and a couple of tweets
The Tale: In a way that is not at all clear from the report, Arsenal manipulated reality, possibly using the dark arts of Lord Voldemort, to convince the eagle eyed Man U that Alexis would be a great player for them and that they didn’t want Mkhitaryan anyway.
The reality: Man U’s transfer team are not nearly as clever as they like to think they are and really haven’t been for some time, but no one can admit it because this is Man U, the media’s darlings.
7: Arsenal will buy back Alexis
Headline: Arsenal to launch unbelievable bid to re-sign Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez
The Tale: We want him back
The reality: Not in a million years.
8: Ifab will finally do something about time wasting
Headline: Law-makers to crack down on timewasting
The Tale: An Ifab source said: “We all want to crack down on major time-wasting and increase playing time but the fundamental question is how we do it.”
The reality: Ifab writes footballs laws and these are then interpreted by PGMO, the highly secret society that runs the refereeing cartel in the Premier League. One of the many ways in which PGMO are able to manipulate results to suit the wishes of certain elements in football is by allowing “Bolton tactics” – the keeper wasting time before a goal kick, endless delays in taking a corner, rolling on the floor as if injured etc. Like VAR it might happen in the rest of Europe, but PGMO’s grip on football is vicelike and it would take a major move to get it to change. Besides, why do you think there were no PGMO referees at the World Cup? As we have seen over the years, little clubs use time wasting to try and hold out for a draw against Arsenal, and PGMO officials do nothing about it. Why on earth would they change now.
- Expected goals against like actual goals against do not tell anything like the whole story
- Arsenal training centre: the under 18s and 23, and the man who made it happen.
- Leicester 1 Arsenal 2: last night’s match at Holmes Park with Freddie Ljungberg
- Bournemouth v Arsenal: the team news, Jesus’ problem, and winning records
- Bournemouth v Arsenal: injury update, and the record between the clubs
- Bournemouth v Arsenal and Tottenham’s yellow card bonanza
- Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the dirtiest team of all?
- The great injury conundrum: how can Arsenal cope, and how are other clubs suffering?