by Tony Attwood
In my last article Arsenal face four huge dangers as they stand again on the edge of greatness
I pointed out the problem and challenge the newly regenerated Arsenal face from the Arsenal Supporters Trust with their ceaseless demands for involvement in the club, coming after their endless attacks on the board and management of the club.
I see their involvement in the club as a potential for utter disaster.
My view is that this should be resisted at all costs, noting the progress that has just been made without them being engaged with the club.
Indeed I think it is worth repeating the league table that I produced before…
|Pos||Club / era||P||W||D||L||F||A||GD||Pts|
|1||Man C post Xmas||24||20||0||4||59||20||39||60|
|2||Man U post Xmas||24||12||9||3||43||22||21||45|
|3||Arsenal post Xmas||23||13||5||5||41||21||20||44|
|4||Chelsea post Xmas||23||12||6||5||28||20||8||42|
|5||Leicester post Xmas||23||11||6||6||40||29||11||39|
|6||Liverpool post Xmas||23||10||5||8||30||23||7||35|
|7||Tottenham post Xmas||23||10||4||3||39||29||10||34|
But now I move on to a second problem that the club face. The ceaseless desire of journalists to promote changes to the team as the only way of progressing.
Mr Arteta has transformed pre-Christmas Arsenal into a new team, and the thanks he has got is a total ignoring of his achievement by journalists who have instead continued to promote their one and only agenda: change the team.
They do this because it is simple (blame a few players) and so the lazy journalists can complete the column inches without leaving the pub just by making stuff up.
You might recall their success rate in the last five years has been 3%.
Arsenal has had a stunning run of 23 games since Christmas and delivered everything any sane supporter could ask for, apart from winning the FA Cup – which not even Mr Wenger or Herbert Chapman managed to do each year. (Chapman, you may recall, won the FA Cup just once with Arsenal in eight attempts. Wenger did it seven times in 22 years – one every three years. Arteta’s one in two is not bad).
But criticism is pouring in. We must keep Willock at the club we are told. We need to shake up the defence we are told almost daily, when in fact even with that desperate start to the season we still have the third best defence in the league ACROSS THE WHOLE SEASON
So point one: don’t disrupt the defence. To take us up to the level of defence Chelsea has would require us to let in five goals fewer in 37 games. But here is the thing – if we measure the defence since Christmas we have conceded just one more goal than Manchester City. Man City who can spend billions on each player if they wish, now they have seen off all the FFP challenges.
Are these people seriously saying Man City has a bad defence? No, so the answer in the real world of sensible people is
DO NOT TOUCH THE DEFENCE
Of course there are going to be changes to the team that can’t be avoided – contracts coming to an end and players simply wanting to leave (mostly to get away from the ravings of the journalists and their allies in the ground). But as far as possible, I would say, bring in youngsters who can help keep the defence together and provide support if needed, but that’s it.
As for the attack…
Post Christmas we were the third highest scorers – and that was with Aubameyang out of the team and out of form for much of the time. But across the whole season our results in attack were less good – we were the ninth most prolific team.
But we have improved, since Christmas out-scoring Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham. So we’re not that bad are we? Maybe we do need another attacker… but if so only one, I suspect.
However in the last 90 minutes on 25 May as I write this, these stories have come up.
And then at 10.51 the BBC had: Willock’s staying at Arsenal – Arteta
So it continues minute by minute, hour by hour. As I write this we are buying Emerson from Barcelona, (Sports Mole), Emiliano Buendia from Norwich (Arsenal’s number one target according to “the 72”), Report: Arsenal aim to sell Willock & use money to buy 22-year-old called ‘top quality’ by Emery
And all of that is just in the last hour!!!!!
Yes of course Arsenal might have to let some players go because of their contractual issues or because they are not getting enough games, or because the manager sees them as now past their best, but the ceaseless howling from the media their lapdogs is insane.
I don’t mean that Arsenal are so stupid they will take any notice of all this mindless tripe, but some weak minded fans do, and they are the ones who endless waving the placards demanding the manager be sacked because we could have had some player who now does well elsewhere.
Someone needs to be fighting this tsunami of gibberish, and for the moment it is mostly Untold.
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