By Bulldog Drummond
Physioroom is not showing much change in terms of injuries with eight players out.
|Player||Reason||Further Detail||Potential Return||Condition||Status|
|Calum Chambers||Knee Injury||Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury – ACL Injury||29/08/2020||None||Ruled Out|
|David Luiz||Knee injury||“Right knee. Being assessed ahead of Norwich City.”||01/07/2020||Late fitness test||25% chance|
|Mesut Ozil||Lower Back Injury||Lower Back Pain||01/07/2020||Late Fitness Test||50% chance|
|Lucas Torreira Di Pascua||Ankle/Foot Injury||Fibula Fracture||01/07/2020||Late Fitness Test||50% chance|
|David Luiz Moreira Marinho||Knee Injury||Knee Injury||01/07/2020||Late Fitness Test||25% chance|
|Bernd Leno||Knee Injury||Knee Ligament Injury||None||Ruled Out|
|Gabriel Martinelli||Knee Injury||Meniscus Tear||None||Ruled Out|
|Pablo Mari Villar||Ankle/Foot Injury||Ankle Surgery||Currently Being Assessed||Ruled Out|
But that total of eight players does not put us at the top of the league for Norwich has nine players out. Other high flyers are Burnley with seven, and Everton and Bournemouth with six.
As noted previously, if this had been in Mr Wenger’s time we would have had a complete outpouring of anger with articles claiming it was his prehistoric training methods that were causing the problems. But clearly not so these days; so what is it?
One possibility is that Arsenal are treated differently from other clubs, both by referees and by the media. The revelation about the fact that the media tend to comment on players differently because of the colour of their skin, (The racist bias in football reporting and its implication for all commentary) opens up the discussion about the option that the media comment on referee actions, fouls and other factors differently according to which club they play for. And this affects what happened both in 1989/90 against Norwich and in the following season against Man U.
On 4 November 1989 Arsenal, the current champions, beat Norwich 4-3. The match included what, in the media language of the day, was generally described as “a bit of argy bargy” which gave Alan Smith a cut to the face, while Nigel Winterburn took a punch from Dale Gordon, but the ref saw nothing out of the ordinary. Football indeed was a bit different then.
But the media, still reeling from the fact that Arsenal, rather than their beloved Liverpool! had won the league the previous season, went to town suggesting that football was out of control and needed to be shut down. Ex-Tottenham man Jimmy Greaves at the time ran a notoriously anti-Arsenal TV show with Ian St John, and attacked the referee on their show, ignoring the fact that Norwich themselves had made no complaint. (Both ex-players were of course model professionals in their time on the pitch).
The FA buckled, talked about their old favourite “bringing the game into disrepute” as if the FA didn’t do that on a daily basis, and the clubs were charged on the basis of a TV programme run by two men who never had a good word to say about the club they had historically and now hysterically hated.
Norwich were fined £50,000 and Arsenal just £20,000. But worse. The FA then gave themselves the power to deduct points for anything (really anything) that they didn’t like, and they duly did this the following season for what the media called a “mass brawl” at Man U, in an obvious attempt to stop Arsenal winning the league again.
Bias was now sanctioned and all power handed over to the organisation that would eventually hire Sam Allardyce as the manager of the national team. Little more needs to be said.
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As for this evening Sports Mole give us a team of
Mustafi, Holding, Tierney;
Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka;
Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang
The Mirror goes with
Tierney, Holding, Mustafi;
Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka;
Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
The Independent offers
Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac,
Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney,
Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
So, something along those lines I suspect.
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