‘Ordinary team’ – BBC pundit slams Arsenal despite naming two players in his Team of the Week

Garth Crooks has described Arsenal as an ‘ordinary team’ whilst naming his Premier League Team of the Week.

Arsenal were thoroughly impressive this weekend in dispatching of Leeds United by the 4-1 scoreline, with a number of performances worth shouting about.

None more-so than Bukayo Saka according to BBC pundit Crooks, who also named Gabriel Martinelli in his XI for the week.

“Brilliant against West Ham and even better against Leeds and the difference between the two teams in both matches” as well claiming he is “the best thing I’ve seen since I saw Arsenal’s David Rocastle burst onto the scene at Highbury”.

“He is the most consistent Arsenal player at the club and has been for the last season and a half – and the reason Arsenal find themselves flying high.” Crooks continued on the England international.

“I can’t understand how such an ordinary team keeps getting these results. It’s unbearable.”

While you can agree with his comments on both Martinelli and Saka, it is a little harsh to call us ‘ordinary’. We appear to have a number of strong options in each role in the team at present, and the results are a by-product of ability and mentality, which we now have in abundance.

He did spend five years at Tottenham which could explain the shots sent our way, but maybe he should compare our team area by area in comparison to them before calling us ordinary…


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  1. This is an emotional outburst full of shameless envy from a supposedly learned professional. It isn’t an analysis based on any logical thinking and doesn’t stop the momentum. There’s no looking back as the top teams won’t bully us anymore. Next campaign, we begin challenging for the title.

    1. Agreed we need to start proving we’re anything but ordinary. But at least he didn’t say anything about spurs being ordinary

  2. we are the epitome of ordinary until we pass the all important eye test against those teams that aspire for greatness, which doesn’t mean we need to beat them on a regular basis, at least not for now, it simply means that when we face them we must looks like we deserve to be on the same pitch

  3. Well they do keep getting the results.
    It means that we are better than predicted or the others are worse than we are

    1. I understand the obvious inference of your statement, as getting results can’t be scoffed at considering the alternative, but my measuring stick is clearly much different from yours…improvement for me is defined by the manner in which we perform as a tactical unit not by our ability to get over on weakened or out of form opposition

  4. A jealous comment by a jealous pundit. Arsenal must not pay heed to such bad comments and continue our winning run. Let our results do the talking.

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