“Players routinely suffered individual and collective lapses in tactical discipline … Work-rate and commitment seemed to diminish with every passing minute as the game wore on.”
Now, let’s imagine just for the hell of it, that this commentary from the Telegraph, or the “season over” stuff from the Mirror owned Football London was the truth.
That would surely then give us one of the biggest stories of all time in football, because not only have Arsenal moved on from three straight defeats, they have also moved on from lapses of discipline, meltdown, reckless tackles, lamentable errors and no plan B. And in the process played 10 won 8 drawn 2. Surely a miracle.
Surely recovering from meltdown so quickly really is the biggest story of the season. Not just because it was so utterly unexpected (by the media, although not by Untold), not only because the depths to which Arsenal had sunk were (according to the media) greater than any depths seen by a team in living memory, but because it happened so quickly.
Because Arsenal have just played ten games since losing the opening three. Won eight, drawn two. Goals for 18, goals against 5.
This surely is a miracle of transformation, and yet amazingly the media is not mentioning it at all. Yes they note that Arsenal are winning, but where is the tale of how a team that routinely suffered individual and collective lapses in tactical discipline, and that engaged in lamentable errors and had no Plan B, have just played 10 won 8 drawn 2.
I mean it is bizarre that the media don’t see this as a story. Unless, of course, all that stuff about “season over” and lapses of discipline and didn’t actually happen.
You see, if the journalistic interpretation of those early games was right, then how Arteta has turned this semi-skimmed half-baked team around is one of the all-time amazing stories of football.
The only other explanation is that what the media were saying after the first three games was a tripe, made up by a gang of low lifes who don’t know one end of a football from the other. If you see what I mean.
In short the media has either missed the biggest football story of all time, or else the stuff they were writing about Arsenal at the start of the season was made up, and those journalists knew it. And maybe they have even seen the last six games league table
|1||West Ham United||6||5||0||1||12||6||6||15|
No that can’t be true. I must have made that up. I mean, if it were true, surely those journalists would have apologised by now.
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