By Tony Attwood
To begin, what do we know about Mesut Ozil?
We do know, because there is a lot of evidence for it, that he has paid for 1,0000 vital operations for children across the world.
We also know that he is paying to fee 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps in Turkey and Syria.
We know he is additionally paying around a quarter of a million pounds to fund operations for sick children in Brazil.
Oh yes and we know he works for the children’s charity Rays of Sunshine
Plus he donated his earnings from the World Cup to the Big Shoe project for sick kidsCredit: Big Shoe 11.
But this morning the media has gone on the attack and in this attack none of these issues has been mentioned. Instead, below are 35 headlines that attacked Mesut in the space of about four hours. What is interesting is not just that they are all hammering Mesut, but that some “outlets” have published the story several times in this period.
This repeating approach is undoubtedly in order to hammer home the negative story and identify the publication with the anti-Arsenal approach. There are thus three separate Football.London attacks on Mesut, four from the Metro, five from TalkSport, two from the Standard, two from the Express… it goes on and on. So in some cases we are getting a once an hour attack on Mesut from the same source.
And then maybe let us consider the facts.
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First, the PFA has told players not to sign up to pay cuts until there is an across the board agreement with clubs. Second, we know that Mesut is a man who has gone out of his way to give substantial parts of his salary to causes he works with. Third we know that many of the people who have written the stories below (Piers Morgan springs to mind) while not earning as much as Mesut, earn very high salaries.
But most importantly, the notion that Mesut has completely rejected the Arsenal deal is not confirmed. We don’t know if he has held back at all, and if he has if that is because he is asking what will happen to the money.
For example, if there is no guarantee that the money is going to secure the jobs of low paid staff at Arsenal, then what is the point of taking a pay cut? To fund the Kroenkes?
Quite honestly if I was a footballer and I didn’t have the absolute lock solid guarantee of where my pay cut was going, I’d refuse to sign.
Now many of the headlines don’t criticise Mesut but they refer to what the Morgan entity has said. But they do that without raising any doubts about the validity of the underlying story. Or indeed whether the story is true.
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‘This has been a massive PR own goal’ – Jamie Carragher isn’t happy with Mesut Ozil over wage…
‘Ozil’s wage cut refusal a huge PR own goal’ – Carragher slams Arsenal star as agent speaks out
Ozil one of three Arsenal players stalling on pay-cut
Gary Neville slams Arsenal players for ‘outing’ Mesut Ozil over wage cut refusal
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher rip into Mesut Ozil as he resists Arsenal wage cut
Jamie Carragher slams Mesut Ozil and explains why Arsenal midfielder should accept wage cut
Ozil and two others stall on agreeing Arsenal pay cuts, say reports
Jamie Carragher hits out at Mesut Ozil for scoring ‘massive own goal’ and criticises Arsenal star’s agent
Carragher slams Ozil agent over ‘massive PR own goal’
Gary Neville accuses Arsenal players of ‘outing’ Mesut Ozil and questions future
Mesut Ozil ‘thrown overboard’ by Arsenal but one element of pay cut refusal ‘indefensible’
Piers Morgan rips into Arsenal ‘disgrace’ Ozil over pay-cut refusal
Piers Morgan slams Arsenal star over stance on wage cut
Mesut Ozil identfied as one of three Arsenal stars to turn down pay cut
‘Somebody in the Arsenal dressing room has tried to damage Ozil, it’s out of order’
Mesut Ozil deliberately damaged by Arsenal snitch, claims Ally McCoist
Piers Morgan launches astonishing attack on Mesut Ozil after Arsenal wage cut decision
Arsenal confirm wage deal but Mesut Ozil refuses 12.5% cut
Piers Morgan slams Mesut Ozil live on air for refusing to take 12.5% pay cut
Ozil among trio to reject pay cuts, Man United won’t go for Kane, NFL legend rapped
Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal star
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil slammed by Piers Morgan for pay cut refusal – ‘Shame on you!’
Arsenal confirm wage cuts among players, but Ozil ‘rejects proposal’
Ozil among three Arsenal players to reject pay cut
Sports news live: Ozil among Arsenal trio to reject pay cuts, Sancho set for Man United move,…
Mesut Ozil One Of Three Arsenal Players To Reject The Club’s 12.5 Per Cent Pay Cut
Mesut Ozil is one of three Arsenal players to reject pay cut & agent Erkut Sogut hints at why
Mesut Ozil has decided NOT to join Arsenal players in taking 12.5% pay cut
Mesut Ozil rejects pay cut to £350,000-a-week deal at Arsenal
And the headlines without any blame or criticism from the same period…
- Ozil’s decision to reject pay cut is fair enough, his prerogative and his right
- Ozil is made out to be the villain yet again – what about Kroenke?
- Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal pay cut refusal isn’t all it seems
This constant attack through the headlines in black bold above is the sort of attack that is thrown on Arsenal and Arsenal players daily by these publications.
If you ever wonder why Arsenal is not signing more top players it is because of this sort of attack. Players look at what Talk Sport and the rest say about Arsenal and its players and ask themselves “Do I want some of that?”
And the answer is no.