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If this is an explosive rant from Arteta I’m a Martian

By Tony Attwood

The Daily Mirror is running the headline

Mikel Arteta’s explosive rant explained as he insists ‘nothing is broken’ at Arsenal

Below is a 52 second video in which Arteta answers in a straightforward and moderate tone the question “What is your response to those who are doubting you this season?”

The reply lasts about 45 seconds, is delivered in a moderate tone without any accusation, and which calmly and clearly answers the question.

So the point is if this is a rant, then most certainly so is most of what the Daily Mirror football reporting on Arsenal.  Indeed more so, because their football commentaries, although written in a language suitable to be read by a six year old who has just missed a year’s schooling because of corona virus, are much more emotional than Mr Arteta’s reply.

Now a rant is defined normally as “speaking or shouting at length in an angry, impassioned way.”  Nothing whatsoever in the video clip (which you can see here unless the Mirror take it down because it does make them look like a bonkers group of semi-skimmed unripe turnips) is shouting, speaking at length, angry or impassioned.

Indeed if someone wanted to make a complaint about Arteta it could be that he is not impassioned at all.  He answers in a straightforward calm and simple way – simple of course because he is talking to a Daily Mirror reporter working with a sub-editor who clearly doesn’t do dictionary definitions.

One of points made in the Mirror article was “When asked if the win showed that everything wasn’t broken at Arsenal, Arteta responded: ‘Nothing is broken. Inside, nothing is broken. I don’t know how they’ll try from the outside, but inside no’.”

And that is a fair point, because what is broken is the media which endlessly wishes to put Arsenal in a bad light.  The club beat Chelsea, which is a good result in a difficult season, and the response of the Mirror is “Mikel Arteta’s explosive rant explained as he insists ‘nothing is broken’ at Arsenal”

It is not explosive, it is calm.  It is not a rant, it lasts about 40 seconds and does not repeat itself and there is no shouting.

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So why is the Mirror doing this?

Because they seem to have the absolute mandate to attack and undermine Arsenal at every turn.   And we have to admit, that they are quite good at doing this.

Worse, they have allies.  The two supporters groups who each proclaim themselves to be the largest supporters groups at Arsenal – the Black Scarf Movement and the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, are both vigorously and determindly opposing the board that runs the club.   

Black Scarf which earlier raised its profile through numerous mentions on Arsenal Fans TV now seems to have pulled back, but vigorous opposition to the board and the owners has been taken up by the eternally negative Arsenal Supporters Trust who in the past have gone so far as to disrupt the one pre-season fans event that the club used to run for supporters.  The club’s response has been to announce there will be no more such events.  Hence the people who suffer for their outrages are us regular fans who don’t protest.

They have also challenged the probity of directors as with their accountant who suggested that money was being diverted from the club’s transfer fund into the private accounts of directors.

It seems that however they are supportive of the notion of a fans’ representative on the board of Arsenal FC, and this of course would then be very interesting, since if they were given a seat (which I am guessing would be their demand) they would be using it to demand that the owner of the club and chairman of the board resign.  I’m not sure how productive board meetings would be.

So the question is: is having Arsenal Supporters Trust engaging with the board at Arsenal any more helpful than having the bonkers correspondents of the Daily Mirror engaging with the board?

My answer would be no, and I do get the feeling that Arsenal Supporters Trust is trying to use the aftermath of the SuperLeague affair to spread the word about their views.

And what either Black Scarf or Arsenal Supporters Trust were to become the representative of fans within Arsenal FC at board level?  I suspect it would be like a meeting between Robert Griffiths (the General Secretary of the Communist Party of GB) and Boris Johnson.  Their viewpoints would be so far apart that no communication would be possible.  One side would be demanding the departure of the owners, and the other side saying the owners have no intention of leaving.

If you’ve been reading Untold or the Arsenal History Society blog for a while, you might recall I had a set of discussions with Ivan Gazidis when he was Chief Executive of Arsenal.  I set out a modest proposal for the building of statues around the stadium, not just to represent the club’s history, but also to have a place where people would wait to meet friends – and keep down the size of the crowds that gathered around the entrances.  So instead of saying “I’ll meet you at Entrance D” they would say, “I’ll meet you at Tony Adams”.

He took up the idea and the statues were indeed built.  Now that may not seem like much to achieve, but it was an activity that came about out of co-operation rather than confrontation.

I’m not sure that accusations against an organisation that has all the power, actually works, and it is an interesting policy for the Supporters Trust to follow.  It will be an interesting story to follow.

 

7 comments to If this is an explosive rant from Arteta I’m a Martian

  • Vithalvant

    Good one and seems there is lot negativity spread in the media & that includes some former players.I don’t read so much about other clubs so don’t know if it is just Arsenal facing this or same with Other clubs

  • Mikey

    I suspect it has more to do with him having a go at the media in a piece he did on Radio 5 last night when he said that the media try and put words in his mouth and he wasn’t happy about it.

  • But of course Mikey that is absolutely true – they do put words in his mouth.
    I’ve just been looking into the background of the Daily Mirror headline this evening “Simon Jordan brands Arsenal “joke football club” in astonishing attack as AFTV also targeted”. Actually AFTV were not even mentioned in the article, but the comment about the “joke club” is worth remembering in the light of Jordan’s time in football.
    I’ll try and write up some comments for tomorrow.

  • Zhord

    Here’s how the interview went down according to someone who’s watched it:

    The question he was asked was “one of the things you said just then, one of the criteria you said you judge yourself on is by getting the maximum from the players. Do you feel that that has happened this season? That the players have given their maximum?”

    His answer was “the majority of them, yes.” Meaning he’s been able to get the maximum from the majority of his players. If anything, he’s talking about his own failure of not being able to get the maximum from the players.

    He does go on to say that “some of them you canWhen I watched the interview I wasn’t bothered at all by what he said; even if he had questioned the player’s workrate, the reality is that not every player has given 100% this season, but that wasn’t really what he’d said anyway.

    The question he was asked was “one of the things you said just then, one of the criteria you said you judge yourself on is by getting the maximum from the players. Do you feel that that has happened this season? That the players have given their maximum?”

    His answer was “the majority of them, yes.” When you see the full question (with the caveat that he’s being asked about the criteria which HE should be judged) it’s a pretty straightforward answer: yes, he has been able to get the maximum from the majority of his players. If he’s talking about any failure here, he’s talking about his own failure.

    This was then chopped down by almost every news outlet into “do you feel the players have given their maximum” and him answering “the majority of them, yes.” get to a certain level and cannot push them further.” Again, I believe he’s answering the first question which was “how do you judge yourself this season, have you done everything, have you gotten the maximum from your team” and he’s answering that he’s tried but hasn’t been successful.

    This was then chopped down by almost every news outlet into “doWhen I watched the interview I wasn’t bothered at all by what he said; even if he had questioned the player’s workrate, the reality is that not every player has given 100% this season, but that wasn’t really what he’d said anyway.

    The question he was asked was “one of the things you said just then, one of the criteria you said you judge yourself on is by getting the maximum from the players. Do you feel that that has happened this season? That the players have given their maximum?”

    His answer was “the majority of them, yes.” When you see the full question (with the caveat that he’s being asked about the criteria which HE should be judged) it’s a pretty straightforward answer: yes, he has been able to get the maximum from the majority of his players. If he’s talking about any failure here, he’s talking about his own failure.

    He does go on to say that “some of them you can get to a certain level and cannot push them further.” Again, I believe he’s answering the first question which was “how do you judge yourself this season, have you done everything, have you gotten the maximum from your team” and he’s answering that he’s tried but hasn’t been successful.

    This was then misinterpreted by the journalists into “do you feel the players have given their maximum?” and him answering “the majority of them, yes.”
    I’m guilty for having believed it. I thought it was weird for Arteta to put the players under the bus but I just assumed the pressure’s really gotten to him.

  • Coach Kerr

    Hey Tony, been a fan of your reviews for while now and think you speak so much sense. Unfortunately too many Arsenal supporters nowadays have lost touch with the club’s values and are not awake to this unrelenting media attack on the club. Hopefully your profile continues attracting more supporters!

    On yesterday, I was pleased with the result but I think clearly the real decline began since Artetas first full season. People criticize Emery but he managed to deter the decline we saw under Wenger in his final year.

    I liked Mikel as a player and think he was an underrated captain for Arsenal. But in my opinion he lacks relevant man management skills towards young players i.e. Saliva,Guendouzi, Nelson. Also think his tactical acumen is not at the level required for a club like Arsenal with these talented players to be competing.

  • Coach, thanks for your comment. I am hoping that my little piece this morning might convince you that we are on the way up

  • Jelani

    Ah great,

    I will look out for it!