Carl Jenkinson really came of age for Arsenal last night. He put in a massive shift on the right flank in place of the injured Bacary Sagna, and pushed Laurent Koscielny hard for the Man of the Match in my opinion. He is a Gooner, and you could see how proud he was of the team at the end of the match, even though the 2-0 win was not quite enough to stay in the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger expects a few hard questions every now and then, especially when his Arsenal team are in a poor run of form or have suffered a bad result. The calm and collected Frenchman is finding it harder and harder to stay relaxed, however, in the face of increased pressure and what he sees as impertinence and bad journalism.
Yesterday he gave a press conference and was asked by one reporter whether the defeat by Bradford would affect Theo Walcott’s decision about staying at Arsenal and signing a new deal or moving on. If looks could kill, the journalist would be lying in an oak box right now.
Stay Positive: by SV
Today, I’d just like to have a quick say on the attitude after the Sunderland game. To most Arsenal fans’ great credit, we have remained positive following an indifferent performance against Sunderland at the weekend. Usually, this wouldn’t be the greatest achievement but I think that, considering the stance of the media, it does take some doing on this occasion.
I sound like a conspiracy theorist, even to myself, when I say that the media have it in for Arsenal, but I cannot help but think it every single time there is a MOTD on, or a Sky Sports report out on the internet. To give you an example, most media outlets have given an EXTREMELY negative view of our game against Sunderland, despite the fact that we have only drawn (not lost) against a decent team.
Tired Of The Media Tapping Up Arsenal Players
Getting fed-up with the media having a tendency to circulate stories about Arsenal players more than any other? Yes, me too.
Yet another individual in the footballing world has been quoted having his say about the Barcelona and Alex Song situation.
Barcelona junior Franck Songo’o has backed their bid for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.
“Song is very good. [He] plays more as a defensive midfielder but can also play in the centre. He has lots of character, [is] very strong and is a leader on the pitch,” the 25-year-old told COM Radio.
It’s Guest Post time, and today the subject is Arsenal v The Media. There have been lots of stories lately saying that Spurs will be bigger than Arsenal, Man City will be bigger than Arsenal (didn’t we hear those two last summer as well?), we have Big Sam, Alex Ferguson and Ryan Shawcross (spit!) all having a go at Arsenal, and the media lap it up, but why? Over to Adam……
Why is the Arsenal always the basis for media scrutiny?
Even though Arsene Wenger has totally refused to countenance any discussion of the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona, it hasn’t stopped his international team-mates spouting their mouths off to the press.
Today it is the turn of the Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol, who reckons that Cesc “and his family” are “desperate” to move back to Spain, and specifically Barcelona, and there is nothing that Arsenal can do to stop it happening.
“Cesc is a really nice guy and desperate to become a Barcelona player,” Puyol said today.
“But he is not the sort of player to be ruthless and start using the media to get him the move that he wants.