By Tony Attwood
His article makes the point that “Hitting the back of the net has been a real issue for the Gunners all term”. And yes we have scored two goals fewer than Tottenham and six goals fewer than Man U in the league. Not that bad but we’d all like it to be better. Still, we are in the FA Cup semi-final. Again.
So “If only they could still field fan favourite Santi Cazorla, who left Arsenal two years ago when his contract expired… And while Cazorla may now be 35, it appears age has no affect on the sparkling midfielder – or, if it does have an effect, it seems to make him better!
“With his latest goals, a brace from the penalty spot against Getafe on Wednesday evening, Cazorla now has 14 strikes this season…”
That is amazing. 14 for Santi!!! How is that possible? I mean we love the guy and wish him well, but 14????
Well, you see, not only were the last two penalties, but all of the goals were penalties. Including four in the Spanish cup with two of these being against second division teams (and second division teams in Spain are not quite as powerful as Championship teams in England).
Now we might be asking here, how come a team gets so many penalties in Spain when that doesn’t happen here. Well it can happen in England – Manchester United have clocked up 12 penalties this season and Manchester City 10. Just because Arsenal only have three that doesn’t mean some clubs don’t get them. Funny that, but there we are.
But it is true, Spanish referees “see” more penalties than English refs do – one of the many reasons why Fifa wouldn’t have any English referees at the last world cup.
So Santi Caz is knocking up these goals from penalties, something which Billy Hawkins BA forgot to tell us. And in Spain more penalties are given than in England, which again Billy Hawkins BA forgot to tell us. And we do score most of the pens we are given – something Billy Hawkins BA forgot to tell us.
Thus if Santi Caz had been playing for Arsenal this season he would have got far fewer goals personally and Arsenal would have got at most one more goal than now – which rather invalidates the entire piece.
But here’s another thing. Would he have been on the pitch? Given the way defenders in the Premier League attack Arsenal players with impunity (thus resulting in Arsenal regularly having more injuries than other teams) probably not.
And I do recall all the stories propagated by Talk Sport and many other drainpipes (sorry outlets) that Arsenal got injuries because of Mr Wenger’s training methods. That story always lacked detail and certainly never had proof, and the reality is that since Mr Wenger left, the level of Arsenal injuries has been if anything, higher than ever.
But you may ask, why make a fuss about one article on Talk Sport? The answer to that is, this is how the media treats Arsenal all the time, and undoubtedly Billy Hawkins is just following orders to find a way to knock the club. As we have shown when we analysed every Arsenal story across a long weekend, the level of negative stories that Arsenal get is way beyond what any other team gets.
So to answer the Sprouty point: “Arsenal would love to be able to call upon Santi Cazorla right now…” no they wouldn’t. They simply don’t get penalties so he would not add to their goal tally. And since refs don’t protect Arsenal players, he would have been crippled long ago.
Talk Sport are just continuing the long tradition of knocking Arsenal by making up nonsense. It is what the media does.
All the time.
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