Nothing more glorious than rolling into work on Monday morning knowing you have a whole bunch of months to savour a NLD win.
I am still walking on air. I’m buzzing fam. I am so smug I’m heaving off my own fumes.
I was slightly saddened to wake on Sunday morning to one of the more ridiculous Twitter uproars I’ve seen around Arsenal, and look, I’ve seen people argue over whether you are 29 if you’re 28.5.
The TL:DR is some kid who was asked to provide an opinion to the Daily Mail was called out by the Arsenal main Twitter handle. The club responded with Mesut Ozil drinking a cup of tea. Light-hearted banter, which should be par the course.
The offending article was a ‘Who would your combined Spurs / Arsenal 11 be’, you expected the response to be weighted in Spurs favour, The Mail know riling Arsenal fans is good for business. However, one guy took the banter too far and picked an entire Spurs 11.
‘It’s a Spurs full house. I was not intending to be incendiary when I started noting down this line-up but in each position I found my gut instinct leaning towards a more vibrant and exciting Tottenham player.’
These are the not the words of a writer serious about balanced opinion. These are the words of someone looking for attention. It’s a stupid comment, and look, he’s young, we all do it.
Arsenal responded. Twitter pounced on him. Some of the comments were grubby.
That is a Twitter problem. Not an Arsenal social media problem. The bleating from journalists after was absolutely unreal. People paid to critique young men on a daily basis, up in arms that someone would hold them accountable for a stupid opinion.
‘Arsenal should know better’
Absolute nonsense. No one deserves abuse online, but let me tell you, if you want to have a voice on the internet in 2017, you need to grow a pair and deal with it. It’d be great if the world were perfect and everyone was nice, but it’s not. If you’re sensitive, perhaps you should firstly not elect to write for one of the most inflammatory publications in the world, secondly, don’t write about a subject that is seconded only to politics for pure nasty tribalism, and thirdly… if you’re feeling the heat… delete the tweet.
It did not go unnoticed that he kept the offending article up all day. Why? Because you’re hired on your ability to generate traffic.
The uproar though… I mean, unreal to see so many established journalists take offence. The same happens when a player mouths off back to the media. I just don’t understand it. The levels of hypocrisy are unreal. If an Arsenal player had a pop at me, I’d take it on the chin. If Wenger had a dig at me, I’d take it as a compliment. Arsenal having some fun is great news for writers. It shows the clubs social team are alive to the world around them, and it’s a little warning to people who write stupid things.
AND LOOK. I write for The Daily Mail. I know the deal. Don’t take the moral high ground when you dance with the devil. They’ll give you a platform, traffic and plenty of chatter. Complaining people are paying attention is beyond weak and it’s patronising.
Special call out to John Cross who was pretty damn honest about it all, he backed AFC TEAM SOCIAL MEDIA all the way. That man takes more flack than most and knows a thing or two about abuse. It’s part of the game I’m afraid.
Anyway, we all know the real reason for the sharp deflections. A lot of pundits were left with egg on their face after Wenger showed once again, he’s the real king of North London.
Can he maintain it? I very much doubt it. I can see a real chance for Arsenal to make headway this season, but I say the same every year. Mourinho, for me, has moved into dinosaur mode with his style and approach. We’ve seen it all before and it’s uninspired. Klopp is struggling to come to grips with a consistent Liverpool, and his defence is appalling. Chelsea look great in spells, but Conte isn’t as strong as he was last season. Everton are nowhere. Spurs are strong, but I don’t think their squad is good enough. Only City stand out in the league this year.
Are we going to win the title? No. Are we going to be top 4 this season? I suspect so.
If nothing else, we’re starting to look solid. Our defence was excellent against Spurs. Our midfield is starting to click. Our front three, if they remain fit, are right up there with the best.
We’re also capable of preparing. I think we did a reasonable job of at least thinking about what City had on offer, I mean, 18minutes was impressive imo. We certainly thought about Spurs and we delivered. Trouble is, what does he do against
Arsene really isn’t the right guy to deliver that on a consistent basis, but the good news/bad news, is we’re not going to be so far out of it this season we drown into obscurity. I just think we’ll move back into top 4 mediocrity.
The good news is we’re actually enacting a catalyst for change this season. New Chief Scout incoming (Head of Recruitment). We have that fitness guy starting fulltime soon. We’re rumoured to hiring someone in Football Operations. We’re hunting down Director of Football type characters. You make the right hires there, the club upgrades regardless of what Wenger wants to do. You don’t pay a £2m buyout clause if you’re not serious about implementing new ideas.
I just hope the manager at the end of the rainbow is elite.