No FA Cup for Arsenal this weekend, so we have nothing much to talk about. Or do we?
Hector Bellerin called out AFTV, stating that they weren’t fans.
“It’s so wrong for someone who claims to be a fan and their success is fed off a failure. How can that be a fan?”
People used to say Le Grove wasn’t a real fan because all we’d do is slag off Arsene Wenger. So I’m not a fan of reading footballers calling fans, non-fans because they don’t like criticism.
However, on the flip-side. It’s just an opinion. He’s entitled to think what he likes. The stinger was that he was basically saying it’s not serious, it’s funny, which is a painful backhander. He’s trying to get at it being theater for views.
Far play to him, not only did he say it, he doubled down on it and basically said they were a bunch of snowflakes.
“I have nothing but respect for all the support we get through ups & downs. I just voiced my opinion about a platform. Guess some people just can’t take opinions about themselves.”
I admire that.
Hector is his own man. He dresses how he wants. Goes wherever he wants. Calls out bullshit as he sees it.
I think the indignation from some quarters is a little OTT. It’s like when journalists get offended when they’re called out. If you’re in the game of criticism, you have to take it on the chin when you get some back.
Not that Hector has been great this year, hard to say the criticism he’s faced hasn’t been fair. He should also understand that fan interest keeps him in business, be thankful people care enough to pay to see you play.
On the other side, people slagging off AFTV. Get over it. If you don’t like it, stop watching it. Simple as that. I have nothing but respect for Robbie, he built a monster from nothing, and now he’s the most dominant football channel on the planet. He didn’t get there because no one watched him, huge amount of hypocrisy going off.
‘They make money off fan angst’
Fair play, because we all watch it. They took the Talksport model of outrage and banged it online. Easy to snark about hustle when you earn £100k a week.
ONTO FOOTBALL STUFF.
Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in signing the very exciting Timo Werner from Redbull this summer for a tidy fee of £50m. The 21-year-old is an exceptional talent, and I would welcome this. 16 goals in 29 games this season is not bad going.
There are also rumours that we’re interested in the sublime creative force that is Nabil Fekir. I worry about us going back to Lyon again, but this guy looks more accomplished and Premier League ready. He’s scored 21 goals in 31 games, with 5 assists. Not bad from midfield.
I watched Napoli vs Leipzig the other night. The Italians play a sexy style of football to the backdrop of 15 fans, which is depressing. The Germans won out, which some were pointing out as an issue with Sarri. However, it’s pretty clear he only has eyes for Serie A this year. Both managers there would be interesting for AFC in a post-Wenger world.
Right, that’s all I have today.
See you in the comments.