By Sir Hardly Anyone
It might be a good idea to avoid reading the blogs and online newspapers this morning if you haven’t already started, as there isn’t too much good stuff around, as far as Arsenal is concerned.
The Evening Standard captures the mood of the day by telling us that “Injuries to both Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe appear to be a nightmare for Arsenal before their match against Liverpool.
“Saka has remained at Arsenal over the international break as he looks to recover from a problem, while Smith Rowe was ruled out of England under-21’s last match at the European Champions by Aidy Bothroyd yesterday”
They do actually have the grace to admit that “it still hasn’t been confirmed that the Arsenal pair won’t play at the weekend,” but then tells us that despite the lack of all evidence “there are doubts over their availability now.”
There was also talk that Kieran Tierney is injured but even the negativists are having to admit there is nothing to the story with HITC saying “he’s ok” and saying he was just tired. But it is interesting to see the origins of this one. Apparently he was a bit slow leaving the pitch.
Still they can’t leave a piece of untruth alone, as Just Arsenal News jump in with the report that “Former Rangers star, Barry Ferguson, says Arsenal needs to hand a new long-term deal to Kieran Tierney, otherwise they could lose him to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.”
Thus we have such rampant negativists like Guiseppe Labellarte in TBR really gets the knife out with “‘Please be true’: Some Arsenal fans react after hearing who’s reportedly looking to leave”.
What excites him is that the Arsenal player with by far the best statistics of any Arsenal player this season, according to the highly rated Football Observatory, is “looking to return to the Bundesliga.” They claim this one comes from Sky Germany.
What they don’t consider, as indeed do most people who knock Xhaka, is why he has played 211 games for Arsenal and cost £35m, and is rated so highly in his stats. I suppose it is because they know best and the managers and professionals in the game know nothing at all. Funny that in which case, they are not managers. Or even hangers on.
But of course once we let Xhaka go the story can be rerun in reverse. Wojciech Szczesny was certainly not the most popular player at Arsenal before he was sold to Juventus after 132 games for Arsenal, and a long loan spell with Roma. But the fact that he gets rave reviews is now put down to the notion that Mr Wenger didn’t know what he was doing.
It was of course a disciplinary issue that caused the bust up which is why Untold is always nervous about disciplinary issues becoming a reason for losing a player. It is simply a fact that some big players have disciplinary issues. Get rid of all the players with disciplinary issues and we don’t have a team.
One headline however that did amuse us was “Arsenal eyeing 17-year-old centre-back dubbed ‘the next Dayot Upamecano.'”
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