Arsenal are easy to criticise at the moment.
Pundits know no matter what they say, it is going to get them plenty of attention. They are using Arsenal to further their own careers. But the tide is turning.
In recent days we have seen:
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph mention that Arsenal were once offered Barcelona starlet Pedri when he was at Las Palmas.
Pedri would have been around 16 or 17 at the time and would have been touted around Europe by his agent. I imagine everyone – from Real Madrid to Manchester United, Chelsea to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool were offered him.
In the end he joined Barcelona for €5 million.
Why did Matt Law decide to mention Arsenal missing the opportunity to sign Pedri, and not every single other top club other than Barcelona?
It would actually be more concerning if Arsenal did not know about Europe’s best young talents.
Then we have Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol.
What a fool he made out of himself on transfer deadline day, pretending that agents were calling him, text him, trying to get him to help with deals.
On deadline day, Kaveh “received a message” from one of Takehiro Tomiyasu’s “agents” about the new Arsenal player:
He said Tomiyasu “was offered to most clubs in the Premier League. His a good player but the problem his not really a right back nor is he a central defender. I am not sure how he will get on at Arsenal”.
Imagine being a professional journalist and reading out a text from a contact live on Sky. And imagine being an agent working on the deal and sending a journalist a critical text about your client.
Let’s be honest, the message was a figment of Kaveh’s imagination.
You have to wonder how such a nobody with a nothing sports journalism career got such a big role with Sky.
Then we have Gary Neville…
Neville states that he is “not sure what the strategy is. It seems a little all over the place” when discussing Arsenal’s transfer strategy.
You only have to look at the profile of the players we have signed – 21 to 23 years old, young but with experience – to understand our strategy.
A baffling strategy is over at Manchester United who signed talented youngster Jadon Sancho to go alongside Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood – with Edison Cavani as the experienced head to knit them together.
They were crying out for a midfielder to do Paul Pogba and Brune Fernandes’s dirty work, but then on deadline day sign 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to £500k a week. Now that is a transfer strategy that is all over the place; but Neville is oddly silent. Just like his criticism of the Glaziers seems to have gone silent.
What is interesting is any criticism of Neville’s comments was hidden by Sky Sports News Twitter account.
It shows a worrying trend of censorship by Sky Sports
They are happy their presenters criticising and abusing, inviting pundits on with a history of abuse. Employing an ex-player who spat at a fan. But if you criticise their pundits, call them out for being wrong, they will censor you
Finally we have Danny Mills.
Back in July, Mills questioned why Ben White had joined Arsenal.
“I think he’s better than Arsenal right now,” Mills told talkSPORT.
“I just wonder what his ambitions are. I’m surprised bigger and better clubs with more of a chance to win something haven’t come in for him.”
Then on Sky Sports News he states that he is unsure about the signing, that it is underwhelming and White does not improve the Arsenal team.
This is what happens when you do not actually share an opinion. When everything you say is to suit an agenda and you basically make up an opinion for hits, clicks and RTs. You end up eventually contradicting that opinion.
So Mills on one hand says White is too good for Arsenal, and then on the other that he does not improve Arsenal.
Each day a new pundit, presenter, journalist or ex-player criticises Arsenal, more and more fans stand up and call out their bullshit.
Between these pundits and the YouTubers, Arsenal fans are coming together. Becoming more united. The agendas are becoming clear and obvious and more and more are calling them out.
They know their days are numbered.
I look forward to fans sharing their opinions of them with them at Norwich. But then they will claim the victim…