By Tony Attwood
OK, let’s set the context. Arsenal have just won nine in a row. If you don’t want to count the FL Trophy, eight in a row. If you don’t want to count the League Cup or the Trophy, seven in a row. If you don’t want… well, that’s getting ridiculous. Seven in a row is the minimum I will allow.
|25 Aug 2018
|Arsenal v West Ham United
|02 Sep 2018
|Cardiff City v Arsenal
|12 Sep 2018
|Coventry City v Arsenal
|Football League Trophy
|15 Sep 2018
|Newcastle United v Arsenal
|20 Sep 2018
|Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava
|UEFA Europa League
|23 Sep 2018
|Arsenal v Everton
|26 Sep 2018
|Arsenal v Brentford
|29 Sep 2018
|Arsenal v Watford
|04 Oct 2018
|FK Qarabağ Agdam v Arsenal
|UEFA Europa League
FK Qarabağ Agdam to give them their proper name were obviously not world class, not even European class, but they still had to be beaten, it was a fearsome atmosphere, and a bloody long journey. No, not the toughest of course, but still it was there and it had to be won, and the right team had to be picked. Avoid too heavy a reliance on some who might play on Sunday, give some of the players who have not been getting games a chance to get moving.
And we had just won either six, seven or eight in a row depending on how you take it.
So what headlines do we get the next morning?
‘Our most useless player of all time’: Some Arsenal fans are annihilating £7m Wenger signing
And then just when I thought maybe that was one turnip in a field of cornflakes we get
Arsenal news: ‘He really was a weakness’ – Martin Keown criticises star vs Qarabag
This time it was Kolasinac, playing his first game back after a long injury layoff. Players need games to get back into the swing of things. And even if the manager feels he is not up to it, the player has to be given a chance. Not to do so is a total waste of a resource.
‘Needs to go’, ‘Doesn’t wanna play’, Selfish- Some of Twitter crucifies Arsenal player after win
So put it together and those three players should all be out the door now. But you know what… in the next game it will be another three and another three, because all these blogettas ever do is hit out at Arsenal players and they will never stop. Follow their advice and in a matter of a month or so we will have no one.
And let us not forget that players can change. Look at this headline…
And think back to last season and the season before when Iwobi was hammered from every corner. Remember the headlines like
- “Alex Iwobi not good enough, again” – Pain in the Arsenal 2 January 2018.
- ‘He’s just not good enough’, ‘Somehow he got worse’ Football Fan Cast 4 April 2018
- ‘There is a list of them not good enough’ Daily Mirror 22 February 2018
- ‘Arsenal Fans Blast Iwobi – You Are Not Good Enough To Play For Arsenal.’ OG Nigeria 16 Feb 2017
I could fill page after page with these. The point is clear – many young Arsenal players burst through and become great players despite playing for Arsenal. “Despite” because they have to live with a daily barrage of mindless and pointless abuse whose only reason for being there is to bring Arsenal down.
What we actually saw last night was the first goal for Arsenal from a player born in the 21st century. OK not as important as winning the game, but still something to remember and celebrate instead of finding more and more players to destroy.
Of course the media pick up on it too…
Late night radio in England had a fulsome summary of Chelsea’s “fine” win and some mumbled thing about their “in a row” record that I couldn’t relate to reality. The report concluded that “Arsenal also won in Europe” and that was that.
Mind you even the Telegraph could not bring itself to report the wild excessive abuse that poured forth after last night, restricting itself to,
“As with each of their previous seven victories though, this was not an entirely convincing display”
At least that was mild compared with the gibberish from some quarters.
I am sometimes criticised for going on and on about these negative morons and their rants, but outing their gross stupidity is the only way I can think of exposing their crassness and raging anti-Arsenal attitudes.
This is the Anti-Arsenal-Arsenal – back in full force. They got rid of Wenger, now they are gathering their strength again.
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