Archieve Piece: Supporting Arsenal from Barcelona

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Arsenal FC
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This is piece I wrote last summer on 7/9/2011 as a contributor on another blog…it is amazing how things have transpired over the last competitive year. In the end, everyone in these parts knew Pep was likely to leave, I don’t know what would prompt our former captain to walk, check that; RUN,  into the obvious problem of the tension and power struggle between Rossell and Guardiola. Now all may change as Rossell looks set to put his mark on that club. Funny how a few months later, Cesc’s move looks set for a disastrous turn. Losing the league and Champions may be the least of his worries. But alas, you reap what you sow.


Supporting Arsenal from Barcelona

I live in Sabadell, a suburb of Barcelona. The views are spectacular, and the beach is close, too bad it’s behind enemy lines. I say this in jest, but here they see it as reality. We are their enemy, by we, I mean us Gooners, club and supporters. Arsenal are the bad guys keeping their “son”, Francesc from coming home. Arsenal is also the EVIL club that is “stealing” their young up and coming players.

The rumour mill is in overdrive over here. The latest magazines show Cesc as a hostage. Arsene slip-sliding off a boat in a picture that was taken ages ago; it is reported as fact not only here but in the UK too.  Therein lays the problem. Too much sensationalist gossip is being transformed into fact rather than exactly what it is, opinion.

There is one particular show here that is two hours long and plays nightly, Futboleros, on MarcaTV. This particular show spends about 30 minutes nightly on the Cesc transfer. The topics oft include; Cesc’s dad, his friends, his “future” teammates, etc. This commentary comes from the pro-Barcelona part of the contingent. At least Arsenal have some allies, the pro-Madrid guests. They cleverly point out that if the selling team wants X for their player, then the buying team should pay X. WOW! Lunacy! Maybe that is why, when Madrid saw Barca balking at the price Arsenal put on Cesc, they put in their own inquiry. The pro-Madrid contingent also makes an interesting point. If Cesc is one of Barca’s own, how can they be publicly humiliating him by saying he is not worth as much as the Gunners want? That does not seem to be a very intelligent way to recruit a player does it?

A further point is that no one in the UK has made any report on the likelihood that Pep Guardiola is leaving at the end of this year due to falling out with Rossell (the Barcelona president). Why? Because Rosell has a different vision for the club, and that vision is in direct conflict with Guardiola’s. What is one sticking point of this conflict? It is Cesc! No one seems to write about that. How Rossell does not want Cesc in Barcelona colors and Guardiola does. One of the major reasons for Cesc wanting to go back to Barcelona is that he wants to be coached by the Barca gaffer. Maybe that is why we don’t see him publicly requesting a move? Who knows.

The funny thing is that what is given as opinion here magically becomes the truth when it gets translated and put on paper, or on the internet. Day after day I see the dreaded “source close to the player” regurgitating the opinions of the various panelists. I see very little due diligence or originality in the reporting, one media outlet copies the other, no allowances are made for translation mistakes, misinterpretation, etc. This lack of real journalism leads to what has happened over the last year.

I urge you, the avid Arsenal news seeking reader, to take each and every so-called report, news item or even just plain gossip, and look beyond it.


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