Everyone has the right to give their opinions, they are allowed to talk about it, to write about it and to share their thoughts to people in any way, be it a respectful way. Football in England is still, no doubt one of the best to watch in the world. The rivalry, the tenacity, the competitiveness is just marvelous and you wont be able to find a better league in Europe or the world.
Having said that, there are a lot of negatives in that as well, one of them being the English media and the other being football fans on Twitter.
To talk about the English media first, millions of people around the world read English/ British newspapers daily and the sports section particularly to check on the latest news for their favorite clubs and for any transfer rumors. Sadly, not all newspapers have the most professional of writers and rather than expressing facts or opinions, they fiercely attack, accuse and imply false accusations.
For example, I tend to read the Daily Mail every morning to see the latest Premier League news and to check on my beloved Arsenal.
What I have noticed is that most English journalists love attacking certain teams, teams who don’t have the chaos, the sackings and the problems others have. What I have particularly noticed is that most journalists love attacking Arsenal and their players, their manager and their staff. But why?
Jose Mourinho accuses the referees, he talks about the Premier League having an agenda against Chelsea and he disrespectfully attacks most Premier League managers. But what does he get from the media? Praise. They say he’s a winner, a fighter, a tactical genius, the ‘Special One’…
Manchester United were in 7th position last season, they sacked David Moyes, appointed Ryan Giggs then made him Assistant to Louis Van Gaal in the summer. They bought Radamael Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo and instead of concentrating on the core academy players they have, sold Danny Welbeck to their top four rivals. What do they get from the media? They praise United and Louis Van Gaal for doing the right thing and spending millions and millions rather than focusing on homegrown talent.
Manchester City bought Eliaqium Mangala for £32 million, have a squad with an average age of 28 years and are far from winning the title again. Manuel Pellegrini still doesn’t know who his strongest XI are and they have failed to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League. But the media still praise their management, their style of play and their disastrous transfers.
Yes Arsenal were disappointing this season, yes they should have beaten AS Monaco and qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League, yes they needed a decent defensive midfielder this year and yes they should be fighting for the title rather than fighting for a top four spot, but look at the circumstances.
Jack Wilshere, Matheui Debuchy, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, David Ospina Danny Welbeck and Mat Flamini have all been out injured for a very long time. Arsenal have now just started catching up financially with other clubs and have bought two world class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal have a host of excellent, exciting English talents in Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson.
Arsenal are one of few clubs who match UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.
Arsenal are the most stable club in Europe, with a manager who has been there for 18 years, consistently competing and qualifying for Europe every single year.
Yet they get bombarded with accusations in the media… But why?
No one likes to see a club who is financially stable, a club who built a world class stadium on their own and didn’t sink into financial trouble. They hate seeing Arsene Wenger building a legacy and even though he hasn’t been successful with “winning things” still keeps his job. They love to see a team spend millions every single window, sack managers for fun and “win things” at all costs.
My favorite article came last week from the famous Adrian Durham.
He was talking about how huge Arsenal is as a club (even though discussed how they were not that huge a couple months back) and that Arsene Wenger should be sacked because of his “embarrassing” failings in Europe.
Adrian Durham loves to write about Arsenal every week, and he selects a department in the football club every week. One week the players, next its Arsene Wenger and then the staff, all the way to Sir Chips Keswick. He of course also talks about then every day on Talksport Radio.
Similar to the English media and the famous Durham comes “so called” Arsenal fans who wait until Arsenal lose a game to attack Arsene Wenger and use the #WengerOut hashtag. They attack Arsenal players’ Twitter accounts and use disgusting words to try and make them win more games (like that’s ever going to help) and they talk about other managers and how if they were in charge we would have conquered Europe.
Arsene Wenger once said: “We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and we have to live with that. We have plenty of tacticians in the world who have managed zero games”.
I guess modern football is really that complicated. Your football team has to “win things” every season or they’re just rubbish. And a team who is renowned for having stability throughout the club is doing it wrong…
Would you take Adrian Durham to be a football advisor? Not me.
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Daniel is a 24 year-old Arsenal fan from Lebanon. He was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up -and now resides – in war-torn Beirut. He has a degree in Business Marketing and is currently studying for a FIFA Sports Management Certificate.