RvP In Denial, Arshavin In Lockdown, Media In Full Flow
England take on Switzerland which is the chance for some tabloid jingoism to surface. “Splatt The Blatt!” roars this morning’s Sun, England can to avenge the FA on the pitch. Theo Walcott is some people favourite to start although a number suggest that the highly (over)rated Stewart Downing will get that nod.
Transfer gossip is in full swing. This morning, Daily Star hacks invent Arsenal chase Defoe. Unless the Arsenal squad are friends of **** ***** seeking to have a word with the Tottenham striker about his, ahem, friendship with Imogen Thomas, a transfer rumour it is. £10m is a price which will appeal to Wenger and possibly Harry Redknapp as it would represent a nice little earner. The merry-go-round turns with Didier Drogba going to White Hart Lane.
Jens Lehmann is off to Schalke, Denilson might join him but he will only join a Champions League side though. Which rules out Schalke. And Sevilla, the only club which the media have linked with the Brazilian. It leaves the field clear for Bayern Munich, a rumour imminent perhaps? Is his agent Bendtner Senior, I wonder?
Whether Bayern want him remains to be seen. Arsenal cast-offs are not popular with fans of continental clubs. A recent poll online showed Bayern fans underwhelmed at the prospect of Bendtner Junior joining them whilst more than fifteen thousand Barcelona fans would rather see Thiago Alcántara stay than Fábregas sign. The end of season collapse has taken its toll in more ways than one.
They may be disappointed as according to Sport with Barcelona ready to offer €40m. Kun Aguerro’s public statement of desire to play for Real Madrid may give this story a bit more credence than normal. If Real decide to spend big, Barcelona must go one better, Rossi does not quite fit that bill.
It has taken a while for me to resolve what annoys me about this sort of story. It is not the continued underhand pursuit of the player, that is how continental clubs make their signings and to be perfectly honest, Arsenal are no angels in this department. It is football.
No, the part that gets to me is the whining from the media. Oooh, poor Cesc, he wants to come home, he didn’t cost anything, he played lots of games last season when he wasn’t fully fit, he got booed at the Camp Nou when we really love him, what a good boy he has been.
It is a poor reflection on the club; it is the sort of media coverage that would drive me to distraction were Arsenal written about in the same simpering, whimpering, pathetic tone. Much as you might dislike the critical tones used in the media about Arsenal, surely it is better than that?
The media are the focus of the hour. Robin van Persie denied the reports which claimed he had little time or respect for Chelsea and Spanish players as they were whining little girls who surround referees at the drop of a hat. Or the fake injury of a midfielder if you are from Barcelona.
I have no doubt that RvP did not give the interview, he says he did not so why disbelieve him, especially if a tape might surface which shows the truth to be otherwise. Equally, doubt surrounds their authenticity because he failed to mention Manchester United.
His statement cames as Andrey Arshavin highlighted his issues with the English media. Presumably the interview was correctly translated by those employed at Daily Telegraph HQ? The global nature of the squad and the media which follows them means that anything they say in their native tongue is liable for misinterpretation, especially if a nuance spoken is not transmitted at source.
Arshavin distrusts the English media which is fair enough. I would suggest that he looks homewards and then at their Spanish, Dutch and Danish counterparts as all have conjured stories out of thin air in the past, continuing that tradition in the future no doubt. That is a fundamental reason many shun newspapers, players included.
The problem is that football thrives on publicity and gossip. Some irks, some amuses, most whiles away some time. Arsenal players frequently say the right thing, the club’s media personnel doing a thorough job. Sometimes though honesty should shine through with the end of season critiques an example of how this works well. It showed that the players understood fans frustrations. It builds bridges burned by money, social media for example can bring the two sides closer.
In an age where football is out of touch, no player should ignore the media. It simply doesn’t work. Silence does not stop invention. Neither does talking. The latter certainly exposes the former though.
Posted on June 4, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 250 Comments.