I have got used the fact that some sctions of the football media cannot resist having a pop at Arsenal. Maybe they just do not like us or maybe it is because we have become an easy target during the years without a trophy (and didn’t they like to remind us?) and perhaps now they are cheesed off that they can no longer use the phrase `trophy drought` anymore.
But I was still surprised to see this latest attack on Arsenal from Adrian Durham in the Daily Mail. To save you having to read his crazed and vitriolic rablings if you don’t want to, I will break his article down into it’s key parts.
First of all, he claims that the Gunners will be in danger of losing our star man Alexis Sanchez unless we manage to win the Champions League this season. That’s right, according to Adrian the Chile international will realise he has made a grave error, even though he has flourished and thrived since coming to Arsenal and working with Arsene Wenger.
He seems to think that we do not want to win anything, conveniently ignoring the reasons why the Gunners started the season poorly; more injury problems than the local Accident and Emergency department and some players suffering a World Cup hangover.
No such criticism for Man United and Louis van Gaal though, despite them spending fortunes on players, not even being in the Champions League, crashing out of the League cup and struggling to a draw with League Two Cambridge United in the FA cup. Very fair and even handed Mr. Durham. In fact he recently described fans who had the temerity to question the United boss as clowns and guaranteed that the Dutchman would soon be winning everything in sight.
And just to highlight his incredible bias, this journo actually criticised Arsenal for only beating Aston Villa 5-0. Really?!? We should have won by more apparently and by not doing so we showed our lack of ambition. Yeah right! But no other team has scored more than five against them this season and in another article this week he praised his beloved United for `comfortably` beating bottom of the table Leicester by 3-1. No clean sheet and less goals against a team that beat Villa a few short weeks ago.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story eh Adrian? Although the story, to be honest, was anything but good.