By Sir Hardly Anyone.
This piece follows on from Talksport launches screamingly hilarious and inaccurate attack on Arsenal
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez scored 14 goals each this season. Nicolas Pépé scored 15. So why would Arsenal want to ditch Pepe and buy Sterling and Mahrez?
Only the esteemed Matt Hughes and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail can tell us, and sadly in their article on the subject they are keeping quiet on issues of logic, the source of their thoughts that this is a reasonably likely story, or come to that pretty much anything else. Although what they do say is that “Mikel Arteta worked with both during his spell at City under Guardiola. But there must be doubt over Arsenal’s ability to land either player given their financial demands and lack of European football.”
And that I think gives us the answer as to why the story is being spread about by the increasingly ludicrous, eccentric, erratic and bizarre Daily Mail. It really has nothing to do with a possible transfer or about Arsenal’s implied desire to ditch Nicolas Pépé. Instead it is just another chance for the Daily Mail to attack Arsenal as it does day after day after day after day after… well, you get the idea.
Matt Hughes writes for Daily Mail, MSN, The Times, and This is Money while Mokbel is a Mail man having previously worked for the esteemed Daily Star and Croydon Advertiser.
And it is following the diktat of always knocking Arsenal that they claim that Sterling and Mahrez are available because Manchester City are “planning to refine their squad” and the players “are targets of Arsenal, though it is highly questionable whether they have anything like the funds to afford those purchases.”
So, to put it in a nutshell, Arsenal want these two wingers who they can’t afford, two players who are not refined and which the vastly superior Manchester City are ditching. And Arsenal want them even though Arsenal already have a winger who is developing all the time and who scored more than either of these two did last season. What’s more Pépé is clearly on the way up, while both Sterling and Mahrez are older than Pépé and on the way down.
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And worse still, Arsenal are in such a stupid pathetic mess Arsenal don’t even realise they can’t afford these guys. Yet they are spending time chasing them.
My goodness it is so helpful that we have the Daily Mail there to help Arsenal understand these things. Otherwise where on earth would the club be? Presumably buying players we don’t need at prices we can’t afford…
In simply reality such a sale would be very unlikely unless there is something we don’t know about. If the Mail knew about it, then surely they would say, but they don’t.
But it does mean that when Arsenal fail to sign these two players who Arsenal have actually never been after, (because they don’t need them and can’t afford them) the Mail will be able to blame Arsenal’s slowness, Kroenke’s refusal to give Arsenal funds, and general dithering in the club.
All of which fits with the continuing narrative that virtually all drainpipes (sorry outlets) share – one that led Football.London to say, “Arsenal are facing a summer of uncertainty. The squad is in need of refreshment but funds will be further limited by an awareness that revenue will take a significant hit next season with only domestic football to focus on.”
And this is the big point: all the media is combining to give the same utterly ludicrous story – one which is dependent on fans believing Arsenal are in trouble, whereas in fact, as you will know if you are a regular here across the last two thirds of the past season Arsenal were the second most effective team in the league.
Remember, last summer, just three in every 100 rumours turned out to be true. The rest of journalistic fantasies and downright lies.
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