By Bulldog Drummond
I wonder if anyone in the media is getting a bit worried.
I mean, they have gone down this route of utterly ignoring what has happened in terms of the tactics of tackling, and refused to acknowledge what happened to Arsenal over the last two thirds of last season and now they are stuck with that view.
And that means their reporting all seems to be getting a bit weird. Take the the poor Daily Mirror – you do have to feel sorry for them. I mean, I am sure the publishers try very hard but the writers they have just aren’t up to it.
Take this headline from today’s article by Joe Krishnan: “The Gunners will be hoping for a much-improved start to the season this time around after experiencing their worst-ever beginning to a new campaign in 2020-21.”
Just in case you’ve forgotten it, here are the first seven results from 2020/21
|29 Aug 2020||Arsenal v Liverpool||W||1-1 (5-4)||FA Community Shield|
|12 Sep 2020||Fulham v Arsenal||W||0-3||Premier League|
|19 Sep 2020||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||2-1||Premier League|
|23 Sep 2020||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|28 Sep 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|01 Oct 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||W||0-0 (4-5)||League Cup|
|04 Oct 2020||Arsenal v Sheffield United||W||2-1||Premier League|
Given that Arsenal have had one season in which they only won one of their first 24 games in a season, that does seem a bit… well, bonkers, daft, crazy, inept, silly…. So will Joe Krishman be sacked by the Mirror? No of course not, because failing to do any research at all is not a sackable offence in the media.
Brian Reade in the same paper has suggested we will finish seventh this time – making no reference to the last two thirds of last season.
Anyway moving on from the laugh a minute Mirror, let’s try the Guardian. They have a list of things that won’t happen this season, but which they would like to see…
“Fifa and Uefa standing up to dictatorships and standing up for minorities. Social media companies giving a shit about racism. Being able to question where the money is coming from without an orchestrated campaign of abuse. Taking the results of the fan-led review seriously. Thinking about away fans when the fixtures are moved for TV. Caring about mental health. Making sure the lower‑league clubs survive.”
I’d go with all of that – especially the “caring about mental health” and the “where the money comes from” bits. And we could add, I suppose, football journalists actually knowing what happened in the last two seasons with tackling and yellow cards, and what happened to Arsenal in the last two thirds of last season.
As for the Guardian, they include in their list of what will happen this season: “An Arsenal crisis.”
But here again they are confusing the daily fantasy land of the media with reality. Of course they will proclaim an Arsenal crisis. In fact they will proclaim several. But that doesn’t mean there will have been one.
Because we know, because we have seen it, Arsenal could play two thirds of the season and be second in the league, and there would be an Arsenal crisis. Just as Arsenal could play the whole season and have the third best defence in the league, and there would be an Arsenal defensive crisis.
So let’s give them an Arsenal injury crisis. This season we are taking data from premierinjuries.com
|Player||Reason||Further Detail||Potential Return||Status|
|Thomas Partey||Ankle/Foot Injury||“Sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea. Expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks.”||11/09/2021||Ruled Out|
|Eddie Nketiah||Ankle/Foot Injury||“Sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea. Expected to be back in training in approximately four weeks.”||11/09/2021||Ruled Out|
|Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes||Knee Injury||“Sustained an injury to his right knee while with the Brazilian Olympic Squad. Aiming to be back in training in the forthcoming weeks.”||No Return Date||Ruled Out|
|Rob Holding||Other||Aug 08: “With Rob, he was not available, he wasn’t fit enough to play today.”||No Return Date||50%|
Brentford have two injuries: Joshua Dasilva and Mathias Jensen. Ivan Toney who was injured is expected to play.
And in case you missed…
- Arsenal’s fouls dropped by 22% last season – but did it help?
- Amazingly, in 2020/1 the more clubs tackled, the more goals they let in!
- How Arsenal’s 40% decline in tackling over the past five years has sparked the revival
- The Great Arsenal Untruth: does it matter?
- As football supporters we are being brainwashed.
- How viral lies about Arsenal are amplified
- Arteta’s 10 greatest triumphs with Arsenal
- Buying players does not mean success as last season shows…
- All change with PGMO and the refs.. But what change?
- The last five years proves one big thing: nothing is guaranteed.
- Injuries Time to sack Tierney according to one part of the media
- Next season starting lineup and the new Financial Fair Play rules