By Tony Attwood
And so on one of the more bizarre days of recent years (for me if no one else) I watched Arsenal have their expected victory against a team playing in the way the pundits used to call “dogged” Arsenal did as expected and won.
Even the media seemed to find it so as the Observer today says, “everything seems to be going Arsenal’s way. This was another exceptional day for their top-four prospects and, while they had enjoyed the luxury of watching rivals stumble in recent weeks, here they asserted those credentials all by themselves.”
Which is, I suppose, one way of putting it if you are trying to describe form. They do also mention the “opening weekend of the season, when Arsenal were pummelled by the same opponents and appeared a hopeless case”, which of course is utterly misleading and nonsensical, for the majority of Arsenal’s XI yesterday didn’t make it to that opening day of the season, and that team is perhaps best described as “Arsenal’s reserves plus four.”
So there is talk of “one-way traffic” and the fun of enjoying “West Ham drop points against Newcastle at lunchtime” and of Arsenal “barely letting up from the first whistle,” not to mention “A completely dominant first”
Of course the justification of past nonsense has to be thrown in with talk of “Arsenal’s lack of depth” which apparently “is little secret” but media in general simply cannot let go. But at least they admit “It was Smith Rowe’s 10th goal of the season.” (Saka is on eight). And this from a guy who hardly ever gets a full game.
But anyway it is in the end, all our fault, for “Sections of the crowd felt Thomas Partey had delayed his pass left to Saka, who had run 70 yards to receive it, for too long…” Oh for goodness sake.
If you want reality it is that all of the media have felt that Arsenal were a hopeless case because they can’t understand the amazing changes that the manager have wrought on this team at this time.
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