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- Football corruption and scandals. Why is it all so under reported? Part 1
- Football corruption and scandals. A few stories that did get reported. Part 2
- Football corruption and scandals. How we tipped off Fifa and other unlikely tales. Part 3
By Tony Attwood
Here is the list of the biggest spenders last summer, showing their league positions last season and now. We’ve run it before, I know, but today I want to explore this a little further.
- Manchester United £148m (currently 5th, last season 6th)
- Aston Villa £144.5m (currently 17th, last season promoted)
- Arsenal £138m (currently 10th; last season 5th)
- Manchester City £134.8m (currently 3rd, last season champions)
- Everton £118.5m (currently 11th, last season 8th)
- Tottenham Hots £101.5m (currently 8th, last season 4th)
What is interesting here is not just that the decline in league position after transfer spending is so obvious, but rather that after such a disaster, the media is still constantly promoting the purchasing of yet more players while at the same time promoting the notion that players that have been purchased in the past are no good.
For example two of the most popular Arsenal stories on the internet today have been Red London’s “‘Arteta can sell him if he wants’ – Some fans bash Arsenal star after 1-1 draw” and HITC’s “‘Criminally overrated’: Some Arsenal fans blast £80m-linked player for his ‘pathetic’ actions”.
And these are not exceptions – but the norm. If we just look at the stories today (and I stress these are all today’s stories, not tales accumulated from the past) of players Arsenal do and don’t have, we can see the contrast
- Arsenal want in-demand Rangers teenager, new Ibrox contract on table (
- 0 Shots, 0 Dribbles, 0 Key Passes: Arteta favourite an utter passenger in Arsenal draw (
- Arteta wants Arsenal to sign 25-year-old with top flight club open to offers (
- Transfer news live: Liverpool and Arsenal updates as Man Utd ‘agree terms’ with Bruno Fernandes (
- “Genius” – Rave reviews for Arsenal target dubbed “one of the best in the world” in 2016 (
- Arteta wants Arsenal to sign playmaker once branded ‘the new Ozil’ (
- Arsenal and West Ham launch transfer enquiries for Inter Milan’s Ionut Radu (
- Mikel Arteta wants to bring Hakan Calhanoglu to Arsenal (
- Arsenal eyeing Hakan Calhanoglu transfer swoop from AC Milan (
- Arsenal in for Ligue 1 midfielder: Current club very open to selling (
And so it goes on, one after another after another – there are many many more since I collected that little lot earlier today.
Arsenal are 10th as we have seen after a vast array of spending, and the media are talking up more and more spending – which is to say, encouraging Arsenal to do more and more of what has not worked. (Indeed it seems a perfect example of the old phrase which some used to quote on this site that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Which raises the question – and it is invariably the most interesting question – and is also the question most commonly ignored by the media – “Why?”
We are, perhaps uniquely, in a situation in which the noisy newspapers and their camp followers on TV, radio and in the blogs, have had their way. They have demanded managerial changes – and they have had them. They wanted managerial changes: Arteta is our third manager in two years. They are waved their placards and flown their banners, and got what they wanted (remembering that their campaign didn’t demand each manager be replaced by a specific new man – rather that he just be replaced).
And they have campaigned for more and more spending. Remember AST leading the way and being followed by all those blogs with their demands for lots of expenditure? Again they got what they wanted. And Arsenal, along with the other big spenders, have slipped down the league. So now many people are demanding that we spend even more. And more. And presumably more. Until we slip so far down the league that we end up in the Championship.
Now it has long been a view put forward on Untold Arsenal that the media in relation to Arsenal are in the job of knocking the club and promoting its failure. And indeed if you have a long memory and are a regular reader of Untold you might recall our detailed report
The answer we found was simple: yes Arsenal are treated differently, getting many more negative reports than other clubs.
So, the media treat Arsenal more negatively than other clubs, and are promoting the notion that Arsenal should follow a path in the future which has already proved a disaster not just to Arsenal but to the other big spenders: spending more and more money. And this after previously promoting the notion that Arsenal should repeatedly change its manager – a policy that has so far also proved disastrous.
Worse, the blogs which could stand up against these wild and wacky policies which lead to disaster, are in fact promoting them with ever great zeal and supposed fans are buying into these weird notions.
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