By Tony Attwood
One of the predictions that we made as the extraordinary tactical revolution constructed by Mikel Arteta was revealed last season, was that not only would the media refuse to recognise it, they would go to any lengths to hide the truth of the revolution going on at Arsenal. And would continue to do so.
So it was no surprise to see the article from 90min.com “Arsenal’s worst defeats under Mikel Arteta (so far)” turn up recently.
It’s a bit like that notorious piece in the Times after the fourth match of the Unbeaten Season in which their idiot reporter stated that the match against Man City contained “the worst 45 minutes [by Arsenal] that any of their fans could remember”.
But as we have been constantly showing, the story of Arsenal’s decline has been a media invention, created to fit a pre-ordained agenda and thus allowing lazy journalists and bloggers to write tales by considering individual games rather than the extraordinary overall pattern of results, with a deliberate ignoring of, or an actual ignorance of, the tactical transformations that the players were having to learn. And the results that came thereafter.
Perhaps the greatest hilarity comes with the inclusion of this week’s game against Hibs in the “Worst defeats” list, forgetting (or being ignorant of) another interesting pre-season of change – in the summer of 2003 which opened with…
- 11 July 2003: Peterborough 1 Arsenal 0
- 19 July 2003: Barnet 0 Arsenal 0
- 22 July 2003: SC Ritzing 2 Arsenal 2
You might recall what happened in that campaign. But no, inevitably, the silly, sarcastic, dumbo, childish, snide comment is made, “Trust the process though guys, ey?”
So what has Mr Arteta actually done? You’ll know I’m sure, but here’s a quick summary anyway…
- How will the final league table look? Our laptop computer reports
- If Arsenal go on like this, what will the final table look like?
- Only a handful of teams can win the league: but nothing has changed.
- The set of predictions that tell us exactly how the final table will look
- Decline and rise: will Arsenal break their PL goal scoring record this season?
3 Replies to “Arsenal’s ten greatest triumphs under Mikel Arteta, ranked”
I clicked on that site, not to read its contents but to leave a simple “fuck off” message. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a facility for comments.
I am not an Arsenal fan but I come here because this is about the only place where the sport is discussed rationally.
I may be old but the amount of flak I have glimpsed for Arsenal losing a pre-season friendly is quite amazing to behold. Only one report added that the team had only 4 training sessions.
Like this site I do not take most of the “football” sites seriously. I did notice the 90min story on my phone regarding Arsenals worst defeats.
If this is the quality of “sports journalism” in this country then we are in parallel universe where analysis is banned and you can print any old rubb… wait that already happens…
Am already looking forward to our non tackling style in the new season. Hopefully it will also work for us in getting decisions against the serial divers . A couple of sendings off of opponent players will help us .
No more Lucas vs Eboue backing in type penalties . Nor Rooney vs Campbell (2004-05) dives. Rather more getting them culprits sent off .
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