How the media is attacking Arsenal
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By Tony Attwood
There was an article in the Daily Mail recently in the build-up to the Manchester United home game, which included the line that “but Gunners are yet to beat any of the current top four at home – something has to give in HUGE showdown.”
The implication of course is clear – Arsenal have had a soft ride in the Premier League so far, getting all the easy fixtures while the rest of the top clubs are having to slog it out between each other. The next suggestion would be that somehow Arsenal have friends in high places who have helped them manipulate the fixture list.
But let’s see what this looks like in reality (something of which the Mirror knows little). The article was published on 21 January and specifically referred not to the traditional “big six” nor the current Gigantic Seven or whatever one wants to call them, but the “current top four.”
On the date of publication, the league table read…
But the Mirror is directing us to look at Arsenal home matches against just three clubs, Manchesters United and City, plus Newcastle United.
In fact prior to the Manchester United game Arsenal had played three of the Big Seven at home, but by the Mail’s funny accounting system, two cannot be counted because they werer not in the top four: Tottenham on this day were fifth, having played two games more than Arsenal, Chelsea were tenth, and Liverpool were ninth.
This meant only one game was left, out of the possible games “top four” games: Arsenal v Newcastle, and yes they are right it was a 0-0 draw. One match which was a draw and the headline is “Gunners are yet to beat any of the current top four at home.”
I mean, I know some of the stuff I write stretches the facts a little, but that is just so bonkers it is off the edge of planet.
In fact the entire Mirror article is premised on one game which Arsenal drew rather than won. It was indeed the only match at Arsenal that the home team had not won!
Now there are so many positives in Arsenal’s season thus far that it takes a real convoluted mind to come up with this. This statistic is such a bonkers way of drawing a conclusion one has to wonder what the **** the writer is doing. Presumably writing an anti-Arsenal piece to order. Here are Arsenal’s big seven games in the Premier League.
|4 Sep 2022||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||3-1|
|1 Oct 2022||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||3-1|
|9 Oct 2022||Arsenal v Liverpool||W||3-2|
|6 Nov 2022||Chelsea v Arsenal||W||0-1|
|3 Jan 2023||Arsenal v Newcastle United||D||0-0|
|15 Jan 2023||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||W||0-2|
|22 Jan 2023||Arsenal v Manchester United||W||3-2|
Of course, all the top seven clubs have been busy playing each other, but since the Mirror want to go into beating other members of the current top four we’ll let them play with themselves over that one and instead continue to update the league table between the bigger clubs in the league.Here is the table of matches between the Big Seven who we have been following all season. I rather suspect the Daily Mirror will not be printing it as it doesn’t fit their agenda. The final column is “points per game” to account for the fact that some clubs have played two more games than others. Although as you can see, even without taking that into account, Arsenal would still be top and Tottenham would still be bottom.
So, looking at that chart even before the Manchester United game Arsenal had four wins, one draw and one defeat against the other teams in the group, which is utterly amazing and outstanding.
The league table showing the results between the big seven doesn’t tell us who is going to win the league, but it is a useful comparison point, since quite often which club does win the league comes down to which club is able to beat its major rivals.
And it does something to put the constant talking up of Tottenham Hots in perspective. Seven games against their rivals, no wins. Has any newspaper reported that with a big headline?
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10 Replies to “Yet another example of the way the media tries to put down Arsenal”
my opinion as a heir to Mr Colombo, Inspector on TV for the past 60 years or so, is the following :
the writer of the piece has one of 2 handicaps :
– he is one handed and has only 4 fingers in tha one hand – a bummer when typing on a keyboard
– he flunked primary school just when basic arithmetics were the subject, and knows how to count from 1 to 4
– he learned that you can turn any statistic somehow to fit an agenda.
Here is another way to look at it : at the moment he wrote it, no top 4 team had beaten Arsenal.
Whats next ? ‘Arsenal havent beaten any of the top 10 clubs in the Premier League in July of any year since the Premier League (and by that we mean football) started in 1992.’ Or will the next headline be : ‘ Arsenal docked 300 points for wild celebrations’ By the way I noticed 20 Arsenal supporters celebrating in Uganda had been arrested by the happiness patrols over there , we all know the celebration police headed by chief commissioner Richard Keys were looking on in grim satisfaction as they supped their pint of bitter (5 straws) from their favourite watering hole : The Olde Cheshire Cheesed Off. Their guillotine outside set the tone, straight supping and nary a word said .
Was just thinking in the world of Richard Keys we envisage 40,000 thousand supporters queuing up outside ,for example The Armitage Shanks Kharzi filing in silently , clad in puritan hats with chicken on a beachball emblems to the fore all goals met in complete silence then on being released from the torture they all file out in silence a smirk could result in having to appear at the next home match.
New motto over there Ordeal et Faeces . I think Dickey would approve dont you ?
why do you give this moron any importance. Who the f..k cares about what he spits out ? He is just so upset of having been kicked out of TV in the UK that is wants to be the centerpiece of conversation by whatever disrespectful, stupid, exagerated, hateful diatribe he spits out. He never likes Arsenal, but as The Arsenal makes good clickbait, he just goes full obsessed psycho.
Do not give him a sounding board here. Ignore the moron.
Chris , I think all is well on the keys front #1 Its unlikely he can read and #2 right now he’s in his coffin waiting for sunset.
Fair enough though no more key moments
The writer of the Mail story (Ryan Walker), appears to have a liking for the red side of Manchester, if his Twitter profile is a reliable indicator.
no more key moments….made my day ! ;=))
God bless you @ Tony Attwood for your indefatigable steadfastness for this great club.
Arsenal have done tremendously well, beyond everyone’s expectations, including die-hard Gunners.
One of the challenges London clubs encounter in the EPL is the unbelievable number of derbies they navigate. Everyone knows how tough derbies are. This season alone, there are 12 derby matches in London. Imagine Manchester United and City having 10 more derbies to navigate or Liverpool having 10 more Evertons at Merseyside.
But astonishingly, Arsenal have played seven derbies this season with maximum 21 points. No media house is writing about this just because it’s Arsenal.
I do think that Man City will fall at The Emirates on February 5. Perhaps that will finally make Arsenal haters start respecting a team that deserves every bit of it.
First came the Big Six. Now we have the London Seven. Whichever way you slice it, London is red.
Played 7 Won 7 Drawn 0 Lost 0 Points 21
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