By Sir Hardly Anyone
The Daily Mirror is the Trump of football journalism.
The denial of Arsenal’s three part success in the last two thirds of last season is now well established. No mention is made of the incredible improvement in the club’s win record, no mention of the way Arsenal changed their style to make them the club undertaking by far the smallest number of tackles (to avoid excessive PGMO punishments), and no focus on the fact that by the end of the season Arsenal players were dominating the Opta Europe wide statistics throughout the team. It’s a constant three part denial.
Instead what we have is the media adopting a President Trump and Bolsonaro approach, as when he endlessly claimed he won the election while all the evidence points the other way.
Thus the Mirror’s statement, “Arteta’s side are coming off the back of a deeply disappointing season…” whereas Mr Arteta changed the style and approach of the club with stunning success.
Now they are setting up part two – because of the “failure” Arsenal desperately need new players, but they fail to get them (because they were never after them in the first place).
Then part 3 says that the players Arsenal have sold were great and Arsenal were wrong to sell them. TBR has one such headline: “Jamie Carragher says one man Arsenal got rid of in 2019 is the ‘greatest’, simply ‘amazing’.” In this case it it Unai Emery. Curiously he didn’t say that at the time. Instead the media were howling for Mr Emery to go.
Meanwhile the players Arsenal and now allegedly trying to get, are in fact useless as the Express implies with the headline “Premier League relegated XI involving Arsenal and Tottenham transfer targets”.
In short, think of Trump – or if you prefer the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro saying that coronavirus is “just a sniffle”. He convinced quite a few people in his own country that this was the case. Over time the evidence became clearer and clearer, and yet still many people followed his view.
And just as Trump found, if you deny reality often enough, people will fall for it.
As for why they do it, this “journalism” requires no research since it is untrue, and thus new stories can be pumped out as fast as scribblers can make them up – and because almost every blog and paper is doing it, people start to believe it. When the players don’t arrive, it is the fault of the club!!!!
So the Mirror says, “It promises to be a busy transfer window in north London as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta plots to revamp his under-performing squad,” and so it goes on.
Remember, last summer, just three in every 100 rumours turned out to be true.
|No||Player||Current club||Position||Reported by|
|1||Max Aarons||Norwich||Full back||Daily Express|
|NEW||Tosin Adarabioyo||Fulham||Centre back||Daily Express|
|NEW||Loic Bade||Lens||Defender||Boot Room|
|5||Sander Berge||Sheffield Utd||Midfield||HITC; Express – he was seen out with Odegaard|
|Update||Yves Bissouma||Brighton||Midfield||Africa Football, Express, TBR, HITC. No he’s going to Liverpool (Express) – it’s a swap deal with Nketiah.|
|7||Emiliano Buendia||Norwich||Playmaker||Daily Mail, Metro, FL, Boot Room, Sportslens, HITC, TBR, Teamtalk, Telegraph, F365, FoLo|
|NEW||Philippe Coutinho||Barcelona||Midfield||Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait|
|9||Moussa Dembele||Lyon (At. Madrid)||Striker||Daily Express, HITC|
|10||Oddsonne Edouard||Celtic||Striker||Daily Star|
|NEW||Achraf Hakimi||Inter Milan||Right Back||Daily Express, with multiple articles.|
|12||Jules Kounde||Sevilla||Centre back||Daily Express|
|13||Layvin Kurzawa||PSG||Left Back||Sport Witness|
|15||Paul Onuachu||Genk||Striker||Sport Witness|
|16||Kays Ruiz-Atil||PSG||Midfield||Just Arsenal News|
|17||Edmond Tapsoba||Bayer Leverkusen||Centre back||HITC, Just Arsenal News (twice)|
|18||Pau Torres||Villareal||Centre back||Football London|
|NEW||Dusan Vlahovic||Fiorentina||Striker||Teamtalk, FoLo. This is futbol: “he’s not going”|
And the list of players we are about to lose (according to “reports”)
|No||Player||Going to||Reported by.|
|1||Hector Bellerin||Real Betis||Sport Witness|
|2||Dani Ceballos||Rea; Madrid||Daily Express|
|3||Matteo Guendouzi.||Not staying at WBA||Daily Express|
|4||Sead Kolasinac||Not staying at Schalke||Football London|
|5||Alexandre Lacazette||Daily Express|
|6||David Luiz||Daily Express|
|7||Ainsley Maitland-Niles||Daily Express|
|8||Konstantinos Mavropanos||Stuttgart||Daily Express, Kicker|
|9||Reiss Nelson||Daily Express|
|Update||Eddie Nketiah||Brighton||Sports Lens, Sussex Live|
|11||Martin Odegaard||Real Madrid||Daily Express|
|12||Mat Ryan||Brighton||Daily Express|
|13||Runar Alex Runarsson||Daily Express|
|NEW||William Saliba||West Ham||Hammers New|
|15||Lucas Torreira||Atletico Madrid||Daily Express|
|NEW||Willian||MLS or Chelsea||Givemesport HITC says not going to happen|
|17||Joe Willock||Newcastle||Daily Express|
|NEW||Granit Xhaka||Roma||Sports Witness, Sky Sports, cultofcalcio.com, Mirror, Athletic (he just wants to leave)|
PS: The Mirror, The Express, the Daily Record, Daily Star, Daily Record, and Football London – plus some 20 other titles are all owned by the same company: Reach plc. Isn’t that strange.
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