Stupidest things that the media have told us this summer.
1: Arsenal need a striker
Arsenal had a terrific run in second half of last season with the squad we have now. In the entire season, Arsenal scored two goals fewer than the champions Chelsea. So, we don’t NEED a new striker, unless are saying that Chelsea need a new striker too.
Like all major clubs, Arsenal is looking to improve all the time, but when you can score virtually the same number of goals as the champions, that is not going to be a priority. The fact the media thinks we do, shows just how far out of touch with reality they are.
2. Arsenal fans will be worried that…
Arsenal have their own style and approach; why should we copy anyone else? The reason we sing “49” at games is because we do things “the Arsenal way”. We don’t need to be like anyone else. Not after nearly 100 years in the top division.
Given that most journalists don’t get this, it is not surprising that their ability to look inside the heads of Arsenal supporters is deeply flawed.
3. Benzema is a top goal scorer and Giroud isn’t
For week after week the Benzy story ran. If ever there was a case of the media treating us with contempt this was it, because they assumed we would not look and see how many goals Benzema scored as compared with Giroud. It took Untold to point out that the results in terms of game numbers and goals that Benzy and Giroud were the same.
Even worse, after we ran this story the Telegraph started saying that Arsenal were never after Benzema at all. It might have been believable if they had said it at the start of July.
4. Referees are just human and doing a difficult job and should not be criticised.
The issue may well be referees in the Premier League; PGMO most certainly is the issue. The media’s refusal to analyse the bizarre and eccentric figures that PGMO give, claiming that 97.5% of all referee decisions are accurate, is the ultimate damnation of the media in this country: the view that by hiding a topic, the stupid football public won’t notice. Add to this the failure to report on the low number of PL refs, leading to the same refs refereeing some PL teams over and over again, and you have grounds for worry – even before you start looking at the errors that are there for all to see.
5. The attitude of a minority of fans in demanding change after a couple of bad results is reasonable.
As we have shown on this site, sacking a manager is rarely if ever the prelude to success. What the media do however is promote this view, and then when things turn around (as per last season for example) they then say how fickle and silly the fans were for losing faith in the manager.
6. The FA’s support of Fifa across the years should be a matter of concern and should be subject to examination.
When they finally caught up with the Fifa corruption scandal, months after we had suggested it, the media then started to suggest they had been pointing out Fifa’s problems all along. But they have ignored the fact that the FA bid for a world cup, wasting a fortune that could have been spent on grassroots football on a venture that could never succeed. If, as they now claim, the FA knew how corrupt Fifa were, why did they bid? If they did not, how could they have missed all the signs? We really ought to know.
7. West Ham’s ground issues are not an issue
At least the state aid that WHU has received has been mentioned once or twice, but then we move on and nothing is seriously debated. Just a passing concern, but those stupid football supporters have an intelligence that lasts only 10 seconds, so let’s talk about something else. Economics is boring.
But it won’t go away. There are too many people wanting action now. (By the way, sign the petition if you haven’t done so yet.)
8. It is perfectly reasonable to run transfer rumours as if there is some sense in them.
Something in excess of 99.5% of transfer rumours do not foretell a transfer that is going to happen. Quite often papers are quoting each other; “according to the Daily Mail” is the sort of comment we see in Express – although they for get to tell us that the Mail is more than likely reporting an earlier rumour that the Express reported in the first place.
We are not that stupid guys. The idiots are the newspapermen who think these things are believed.
9. You can learn something from one game, and that “Five things we learned this weekend” is a meaningful statement.
Long term perspectives can give insights, but the shorter the perspective, the less likely it is for any generalisation to be made. But “Five things we learned this weekend” is just about the most common headline there is in the footballing press and one of the most stupid.
The fact is we probably didn’t learn much this weekend – but we have learned something from the first four games.
10. That by making up a story about a transfer and then when it doesn’t happen claiming the manager now has to “look again” or has been “beaten to the target” they are indulging in anything other than insulting make believe.
A lot of the discontent fans have comes from this sort of make-believe. The transfer was never intended or wanted in the first place, but to invent, and then continue the fairy story is the ultimate insult.
The message to the media is simple: treat us like intelligent people, and we might start taking notice of you again.
By Tony Attwood