By Tony Attwood
The Guardian, looking forward says
“Tottenham Hotspur host Burnley in Sunday’s midday kick-off, a match of of (sic) massive importance for both sides. Burnley fans who cannot afford to (sic) an overnight stay in London but wish to travel by rail on the day will arrive in London mid-way through half-time if they take the first available train from Manchester Road Station on Sunday morning and it arrives on time. BT Sport’s decision, taken in conjunction with the Premier League, to stage a noon kick-off for a match of such significance provides the latest in a long line of examples which showcase the almost total disregard and borderline contempt which broadcasters and the Premier League continue to show for match-going fans.”
And of course there is no arguing with that. The management committee of the Premier League is an utter disgrace at every level, from this point about the way it handles kick off times, through to the way it eternally kowtows to the almighty PGMO.
As for our next game they say,
“The more upbeat Newcastle fans may even fancy that a charge for the top six is not out of the question, and a rare win against a side from the top bracket would fuel their optimism.”
It’s an interesting point considering the league positions of the two
but that of course is a fairly typical piece of journalism.
“If I say what I think I’m suspended for six months. I’m allowed to give my interpretation on the game but I don’t like to lie so I’d prefer not to say.
“With my players, I’m so proud of my players. You can ask the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. I make mine. That’s his decision. A beautiful game was destroyed today.”
By omitting any reference to the manager’s comment, the entire Mirror review of the game is deliberately warped. As always. Five times a day.
The Telegraph took a different angle by laying all the blame on Arteta and none on the referees and their ludicrous demands (to which the Telegraph bow down in a most obsequious manner) that referees cannot be questioned in terms of bias or errors. Their headline is “Yet another Mikel Arteta moan left Antonio Conte to have the last word” followed by the commentary, “Arsenal manager complaining has become a theme of the season and he is picking battles he cannot win.”
I seem to recall them making the same comments about Arsene Wenger, George Graham…
But of course, if one picks up on the context of the way in which the referee treated Arsenal, not as a matter of personal opinion, but in terms of statistics, Arsenal’s case against the referee becomes obvious. And so the media refuses to deal in the statistics.
The Mirror is always up to all sorts of trickery, as it came out with another headline, “Arsenal fans direct chant at Mikel Arteta after Tottenham score third in derby” which implies through the use of the phrase “the chant at” that the supporters had turned on the manager.
But in fact the chant (as the Mirror admits) was in favour of the manager, showing that many fans, as the correspondents on Untold also showed, were fully aware of what was going on, in relation to the referee and the game.
So it is up to Untold and other blogs not bending the knee to media opinion provided without evidence, to consider what progress is being made through our usual chart.
After 36 games we are only one point behind where we were in 2016, and clearly the policy thus far is to re-establish the long-running Wenger tradition of getting into the top four while attempting to win the FA Cup.
We are very clearly out of the slump of the last two seasons when the rebuilding process was going on, and we have moved up to the previous level.
Irrespective of where we finish, we will need to ensure that we maintain the drive toward the three targets:
- 70+ goals scored in the league each season
- Under 45 goals conceded each season
- Over 70 points achieved each season.
We are not there yet on any of these measures, but we are on the way.
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