by Bulldog Drummond
First, guess which website published this
Arsenal news and transfers live: ‘Deal agreed’ for Arteta’s first signing,
You probably got it for it has all the hallmarks of but one outlet. But if you have not got it, when I tell you that the article doesn’t actually tell us who the deal is agreed with or for whom then you will know it is Football.London for no website does this “we ain’t gonna tell you” approach quite like they do.
What they do tell us is that, “Thomas Lemar continues to be linked with a loan move to north London, with Tottenham also reportedly interested. Wilfried Zaha continues to be linked too, alongside Dayot Upamecano, two players Arsenal have held interest in previously.”
That doesn’t quite match with the headline though does it? Mind you they are getting desperate because it seems anyone can write in with a rumour to FoLo these days – here’s their announcement… “We want you to get involved too – tell us your thoughts on what’s happening at Arsenal by tweeting us at ….”
The negativity is of course still in the media big time, of course with headlines this morning reading…
- “Even Adebayor was miles better”, “The guy is trash” – Many Arsenal fans discuss “shambolic” ace
- “Should be sold in the summer” – Many Arsenal fans discuss ace who lost possession 20 times
- Football transfer rumours: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona?
Interesting though to see FFC running two negative tales within a short while of each other. Maybe they feel that we are not yet getting the message.
And indeed Sporting Life joins in on the act leading their preview with…
“Arsenal and Chelsea are both clumsy. It could be claustrophobic and heavy. Or it could be delightfully chaotic.”
Jonathan Pearce of the BBC damns by making the negativity slightly less acerbic…
“Arsenal were very average against Sheffield United. Without Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang and with Alexandre Lacazette nearly a year without an away league goal, I can’t see them carrying enough threat to win this.”
Now what is interesting is that all these writers and publications promoted the need a) to get rid of Mr Wenger and then b) to get rid of Mr Emery. So they have got what they were after but are still whinging, whining and moaning. That hardly seems reasonable, but then I suppose, they are journalists and the normal rules of debate don’t apply to them. (Nor come to that the normal rules of anything else).
Mark Lawrenson on the BBC also doesn’t think much of Arsenal, but is slightly more measured in his tone with, “Chelsea punished Arsenal with two late goals at Emirates Stadium a few weeks ago and I am expecting a similar story this time too.”
But the BBC statistics department do not pull punches noting that Arsenal have won two of 10 league games since sacking Unai Emery, including one victory from five top-flight matches under Mikel Arteta.
They have dropped 13 Premier League points from winning positions this season, with seven of those coming since Arteta was appointed head coach.
But when they come to the away form they too note the strange paradox. Arsenal have won just one of their last 10 away league games but are unbeaten in their last five top-flight matches on the road.
The big problem however is that Alexandre Lacazette has not scored an away league goal since February’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield. Although I suppose one might say that this means it is time for him to score.
Here is the team. First from Squwaka
Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka;
Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli;
Red London have a variation however
Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka;
Xhaka Torreira Guendouzi;
Pepe, Nketiah Martinelli;
Talk Sprout gives us a combination of the two
Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis Saka;
Pepe, Ozil Martinelli;
Anyway, at least all the “experts” agree on one thing. Arsenal are going to lose.
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