by Tony Attwood
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An Arsenal win is of course the last thing the journalists and bloggers wanted since their whole narrative is that Arsenal are appalling, every player needs to be sold, the club is in turmoil, the fans are against the team and … well, repeat ad infinitum.
So what did we get. Pleasure at the goals? Excitement as two of our new recruits are emerging from their shells? Relief for Freddie?
Well… actually what we got in reaction to last night’s game was…
Arsenal fans blame one player for West Ham goal – ‘Disgraceful defending’ (
Yes there was a tiddly widdly bit of fun of course as with
West Ham’s stadium announcer says David Luiz is coming on – it was actually Guendouzi (
and the inevitable negatives
Huge blow as Arsenal loses both fullbacks in West Ham clash (
But yes there was a real bit of technical insight as with
Arsenal star Aubameyang explains Ljungberg’s half time team talk for West Ham win (
in which it is revealed that “At half-time, Freddie [Ljunberg] told us to play with a higher tempo.” It must have seemed like it was hardly like leaving the pitch. But well, I am glad we got that one sorted out.
However elsewhere the raving and raging goes on
Jamie Carragher rages at ‘shocking’ Arsenal player despite West Ham win (
but you see most of these headlines were written before the match started. (Oh yes and for clarity Arsenal won for the first time in 150 games, or something like that.
However not everyone feels content with the win. As for example…
“Cursed”, “Announce relegation” – These Arsenal fans left frustrated as star hauled off injured against West Ham (
‘Should never play again’: Some Arsenal fans tear into ‘coward’ on their team despite win (
So it goes on. And on and on. It is like a machine rolling on and one spewing forth its bile, desperately trying to infect the few Arsenal reporters remaining who do not hate Freddie, hate the club, hate the players and yet believe what the nutters on radio, TV, newspapers and blogs say.
On the way back home I listened for a while to BBC Radio 5 (I know, an appalling habit, but I pay my licence fee so I feel I ought to sometime) and it really turned out to be very entertaining as the commentators were utterly unprepared for an Arsenal victory and had no idea how to explain what they had seen, simply because there seems to be a rule never to mention psychology on Radio 5.
Or to put it in common parlance, they weren’t up for it, then things went their way, and then they were up for it. There was some booing from the away support at half time – not a clever idea in my opinion but then some of these people had been card carrying Wenger outers and must have wondered how their tactical approach could have got it all so wrong.
But we knew, as we had already seen it, that Nicolas Pépé is a sensational player who has just been wondering what sort of idiot world he had wandered into and his natural talent just came to life. We have our new superman. Just as we have our new super boy in Martinelli.
Özil looked like a man who recognised the fact that he was playing with players in his league and he went wandering around pitch just making sure that every State Aid player got the message.
And just to make sure it really looked like the Arsenal of old, one full back went off in the warm up and the other went off during the game. Mind you when Kolasinac came on he looked to me like a man who believed that the two guys who threatened his and Mesut in the car jack incident were both playing for WHAM and he was going to work his way around the team to find out where they were.
I would say that one had to feel sorry for the journalists who have spent all season saying how awful this team is, but I don’t. They are a singularly low lifeforce who should be put on a treadmill and trodden on.
Anyway, as a UK tax payer, I paid, and am continuing to pay for the stadium in which WHAM play, due to a disastrous deal done by Boris Johnson when he was London mayor. So seeing Arsenal pick up some points there always feels like something I deserve.
The negativists will continue to pump out their bile, but we got the win. Let’s hope we can build on it.
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