By Bulldog Drummond
As we have often noted, the constant negatives run by the media against Arsenal, constitute a prolonged and deliberate attack on the club. The media does it because…. well, the rest of the media does it. Like smoking or taking heroin, it becomes a habit.
Such has been the case with Arsenal, and of course in the run up to the final this is hardly going to stop. Thus we have the headline from the Mail
Arsenal may be forced to play Kieran Tierney at centre back against Chelsea
You will notice the word “Forced”. It implies matters are out of the club’s control, and because of other articles published in the Mail, this will suggest to readers that it is Arsenal’s incompetence that has led them to this position of being “forced” to play players out of position. Bad preparation. Lack of foresight. Carelessness. If only Arsenal had organised themselves properly they would have had enough players to cover such incidents.
In the past of course this story would have continued with an insistence that the “plague of injuries” that befall Arsenal was entirely the fault of Mr Wenger and his crazy training programmes, but now having moved on both Mr Wenger and his successor, and found that the injuries continue, it’s harder to push that story.
The media absolutely will not consider the fact that Arsenal are refereed in a different way from other clubs, so we are back with “forced to play” with the implication of poor planning in the transfer market.
And yet there is no force about it.
Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all injured that is true, but we still have choices for central defence; Tierney is not the only one. The official list of Arsenal centre backs includes Saliba, Holding, Sokratis, and David Luiz.
But leaving “forced” aside, why then even consider Tierney playing hopeless out of position, liable to make mistakes…. another Arsenal cock-up.
But, no, just as the newspapers failed to report on the Infantino scandal unravelling in Switzerland, until Untold had run the story about half a dozen times so, the Mail is being economical with its reporting. (And incidentally it is amusing that the media in reporting the Infantino story, have restricted themselves to the bits of the story Untold Arsenal revealed before the media even knew there was a story.
What does make that rather funny is that there’s another major part of the tale that we have been saving until the season is over – and oh, what a surprise, the media has not picked up on that. They couldn’t be nicking the tale from us could they?)
But back to Tierney. What the Mail has “forgotten” to tell us was that on 8 August 2017, Tierney played as captain of Celtic as a central defender in a Scottish League Cup game against Kilmarnock. Celtic won the game 5–0. Tierney was credited with an assist and scoring with a “wonderful strike” from 40 yards.
In the following November Tierney was selected as Scotland captain for a friendly match against the Netherlands playing once again as a central defender.
If Tierney is playing as a central defender it was not be anything to do with being “forced”, but because it is a viable option to use a defender in that position who has already played there for his country.
The piece in the Mail was by Sami Mokbel who ought to be ashamed of himself but possibly is not.
Anyway, let’s move on to Arsenal v Chelsea. We have played them quite a few times across the centuries, and by and large come out on top. We have won 77, they have won 65, and we have drawn 58.
Yet there was a time when we feared playing Chelsea – that was virtually all the way through the 1960s. Just look at this record…
|09 Apr 1960||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||1-4||League Division One|
|12 Nov 1960||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||1-4||League Division One|
|15 Apr 1961||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-1||League Division One|
|04 Nov 1961||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||0-3||League Division One|
|24 Mar 1962||Chelsea v Arsenal||W||2-3||League Division One|
|16 Nov 1963||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-1||League Division One|
|14 Mar 1964||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||2-4||League Division One|
|26 Sep 1964||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||1-3||League Division One|
|06 Feb 1965||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Division One|
|04 Sep 1965||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||1-3||League Division One|
|19 Feb 1966||Chelsea v Arsenal||D||0-0||League Division One|
|24 Sep 1966||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-1||League Division One|
|04 Feb 1967||Arsenal v Chelsea||W||2-1||League Division One|
|26 Dec 1967||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Division One|
|30 Dec 1967||Arsenal v Chelsea||D||1-1||League Division One|
|23 Nov 1968||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||0-1||League Division One|
|14 Apr 1969||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Division One|
|27 Sep 1969||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-0||League Division One|
|17 Jan 1970||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||0-3||League Division One|
|29 Aug 1970||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Division One|
I am rather surprised that the media has not been running that sequence all day long in the build up to this game. 16 defeats, two draws, two wins. Fans who have joined more recently have no idea what it was like to be a supporter in the 1960s.
Fortunately things improved, as we shall see in the final cup final preview in a short while.
- Arsenal v Chelsea injury news and surprising away form stats.
- Arsenal to slaughter 3 wild animals buy 11 players and keep one.
- The value of the Arsenal players, and the Arsenal team
- How will the final league table look? Our laptop computer reports
- If Arsenal go on like this, what will the final table look like?
- Only a handful of teams can win the league: but nothing has changed.
- The set of predictions that tell us exactly how the final table will look
- Decline and rise: will Arsenal break their PL goal scoring record this season?
3 Replies to “How the media is manipulating supporters’ thoughts before the Cup Final”
One thing you’d be forced to admit. It’s dead easy to Yank your chain . Lighten up Bro !
Anyway on to more pressing matters. Are we going to win today ?
Yes we are going to win. Don’t forget to wash your hands.
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