By Tony Attwood
“Arsenal banish poisonous issue as Man Utd win underlines Mikel Arteta’s biggest achievement”
That is a headline in the Mirror today. And one might well ask “What poisonous issue?” Is that the poisonous issue created by the Mirror who have been sowing seeds of poison all over Arsenal for years? Or something from Arsenal’s past that we haven’t heard about? Or …
Actually there isn’t a poisonous issue – or at least not one other than the poison spread by the media concerning Arsenal and their players. Time and again we see negative headlines about Arsenal, but without any substance in the article. In fact the article and the headline seem to have no connection – as is the case here.
In fact there is no negativity to report, so the publication just leads with the negative headline but then there is no mention of it in the story.
But what we are left is is a constant, ceaseless, on-going campaign by the Mirror and which is shared by other media, to undermine Eddie and Arsenal. Just consider these headlines. One tale is that Eddie isn’t good enough. Another is that he is quite good but Arsenal took their time to offer him a contract. Another is that Eddie doesn’t know what he wants to do and keeps changing his mind.
Another is that Eddie’s current form has come about by chance. Another is… well, it just goes on and on. You can make up your own stories and they will be just as valid as those in the media.
Just look at some of these headlines from the past month…
- Arsenal chief Edu must not let Eddie Nketiah impact sway ruthless transfer stance
- Eddie Nketiah makes Arsenal U-turn
- “I find it extraordinary that a 22-year-old English forward, who finds himself at a club like Arsenal and playing the football of his life, hasn’t had his future nailed down by the club” (Garth Crooks)
- Mikel Arteta must solve Eddie Nketiah conundrum
- Eddie Nketiah explains impossible position Arsenal put him in …
- Arsenal set for Eddie Nketiah windfall despite Mikel Arteta rejecting transfer bids
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