By Tony Attwood
You can’t take in the news these days without realising that there is a lot of anti-vaccination propaganda going on at the moment. It has different edges to it, as for example if you get vaccinated it won’t bring you any personal benefit, or it will have a negative effect, or it is only there to control the public.
Watching this (as a person who has been vaccinated against coronavirus and who is also vaccinated each year against the flu, and who actually follows the real science rather than Boris’ fantasy science) I’ve started to see a link between the vibrant negativism of the anti-vaccination groups with the way that the negative stories about Arsenal are propagated in the media.
Those who watch the anti-vaccination and similar stories often talk and write about the generalised effect such tales have. It is not just that they encourage people not to be vaccinated, but also that they generate a generalised pessimism which has a negative effect on the way many people feel.
Thus the anti-vaccination campaign deepens mistrust of public-health authorities. In a similar way the endless negativity about Arsenal deepens distrust in the Arsenal management, players and board. Criticism is constant, hope wains, and the new players that the media say we need won’t come to us, because of the reports they read each day in the media.
Of course there is no denying that Arsenal is having a bad time of it in terms of results, but the messaging from the media is nonsensical. We’ve been buying players as never before, and we have slipped down the league as if we were a Bertie Mee team in the mid-1970s. So the idea is we need buy more players.
Of course Arsenal itself has been scoring some own goals, such as the way Guendouzi, Ozil and Sokratis have been treated – that is not the way to say to other players come to Arsenal you will be treated well.
What we could do with is some real open speaking by the club to the fans about what the club is up to in the light of the slip down the league.
Above all it is difficult to see what the overall plan is for Arsenal, apart from the hope that Arteta comes good in the end. He did after all win us the FA Cup, which was very welcome and gave us this season in the Europa.
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Why was Ozil treated as he was? Did it benefit the club? If so how? And was it worth the money? And was it worth the risk – given that other players would have seen this and not been very impressed?
I am reminded of the way in which in England it was suddenly decided that children could go outside and have fun in open air playgrounds, but that accompanying adults were told to continue to stand two metres apart while my local supermarket has a daily uncontrolled crush.
Or the great fuss the media made about people turning up on the beach last summer, while what we do know is that transmission in the open air is only a fraction above zero.
Pandemic, or Arsenal. Nothing much is making sense any more.
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