Welcome to Tuesday.
Bacary Sagna has been chatting in the press a bit. He shared some thoughts on William Saliba.
“I still have trust in him, I think he is a good player and he can adapt to Arsenal because I’ve seen him play many times.
“He is doing well at Nice and has probably been their best player. At that age you need to be playing. He has big potential and in France people know it.
“Sending him away is not a bad thing, it’s not a punishment. To me it’s clever to send him [on loan] rather than him being on the bench or not even being in the squad.”
Quite clear that the main issue with Saliba wasn’t whether rotted on the bench with Arsenal, that was always a no-go… it was why he didn’t move out on loan earlier after joining Colney in June last year. The minutes will have done his game the world of good. Saliba, Mavarapanos, and Matt Smith are all having a good time on loan this season, that’ll be excellent for general awareness if we want to sell, but hopefully, it’ll be good for their prospects next season.
Some extremely sad news hit the airwaves, Claude, from AFTV passed.
He was one of the original characters that reshaped fan media. He was loud, over the top, and a proper Gooner. I never met him, but I’d seen him in pubs plenty of times. He seemed to love mixing it with Arsenal fans. A proper Gooner that will be missed by millions.
The darker side of this story is the relentless bullying he faced. Sure, he was no shrinking violet, but he had very public battles with own demons. There were groups of people that weren’t attacking him over his football opinions, they were attacking him because they hoped they could push him over the edge. There’s just no excuse for it, yet we accept it as part of ‘fame.’ Yes, he made mistakes. Yes, he was not designed for the modern world and some of his ‘jokes’ were very offensive. That makes no difference to the fact he was a person.
We should all do more to stand up the grotesque behaviour people display online. We need to stop giving pathetic attention seekers the oxygen they need to justify their embarrassing lives. Sadly, it won’t stop with action from people. It’ll have to come from the tech giants who allow it.
When Thierry Henry sits with Darren Lewis and tells the world that he can’t take the abuse online, it’s a big flashing warning sign. It’s gone too far. Thierry commands any space he walks into, the fact he gets rattled, with his mental toughness, is a worrying thing.
In his statement, he said something I’d said a few months back… if Twitter took abuse as seriously as it did copyright infringement, the online world would be a better place
We’re sending all our love to Claude’s friends and family. Gonna cut this post short. Here’s Thierry.
“It’s not a safe place and it’s not a safe environment.”
Thierry Henry steps away from social media in the hope that his decision will inspire others to stand up against racist abuse and bullying online.
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) March 29, 2021