I’m going to start today by absolutely ripping into The Daily Mail, so if you’re a fan of that abomination of an online paper then it’s probably best to look away now.
If you’ve been reading of the Arsenal-related stories floating around you’ll know a lot has been said about William Gallas in the past couple of days. Indeed, a number of sites have gone so far as to claim that an ‘insider’ has spoken out about the players losing respect for their captain after his behaviour in recent weeks, a story that is roughly as reliable as Thierry Henry in a big game.
But The Daily Mail has gone and taken things a step further today with a truly awful piece of journalism entitled ‘It’s great to see my Chelsea friends, I don’t have any at Arsenal – Gunners captain Gallas’s surprise admission’. Now, being the curious monkey that I am I of course viewed the story to see what all the fuss was about and was understandably quite shocked to read the following quote from Gallas in the story.
“Mates? Well, they are more like acquaintances. At Arsenal there is Theo Walcott but he is very young. Really, it’s the guys at Chelsea like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Wayne Bridge and Joe Cole. It always gives me pleasure to see them again.”
My first thought after reading this was something along the lines of: ‘What the heck are you on about Gallas? After all you’ve done this year and all the stick you’ve had to deal with you go and ruin it by saying something as stupid as this. You idiot!’ However, once I read a little further down the page I found this absolutely ridiculous statement sandwiched cleverly hidden between a series of distracting links and a photo of Gallas challenging Joe Cole from Sunday afternoon’s game:
“Gallas’ peculiar reaction could possibly be explained by a suggestion that he understood the question to refer to English mates at Arsenal.”
Take a bow, The Daily Mail, you’ve just run one of the worst stories in the history of journalism. And as result, I’m never linking to another story on your site again, unless it is simply to point out the complete load of bollocks that is published on a ridiculously regular occurrence. If I sound pretty angry it’s because I am. These are just the sort of stories that are designed to create trouble and you can tell by reading the comments on various Arsenal blogs around the place at the moment that this is exactly what has been achieved.
Thankfully Gilberto Silva – the main who could feel most aggrieved by the appointment of Gallas as captain this season – has been quick to nip this problem in the bud. The Brazilian midfielder, who looks set to leave the club at the end of the season, has spoken out about the harmony within the squad and backed the under-fire Arsenal captain.
“Sometimes when things don’t work well some people try to create some problems. I’m sure we don’t have any problems in the dressing room at Arsenal. We still have friendship between all the players and [Gallas] has the support of everybody.”
You’ll notice that the quote above is from the far more reliable Sky Sports website which unlike The Daily Mail usually attempts to run stories that have some genuine merit about them. It might be a far less of a sensationalist story to the ‘Gallas hates everybody’ story but at least it actually has some journalistic (Did I just make that word up? Have I been listening to Arsene Wenger too much?) credit.
Anyway, I feel like I’ve had enough of a rant about The Daily Mail so it’s time to turn the attention to the other news floating around the place at the moment. What’s that? There is none, you say? Apart from a couple of hokey-pokey stories about Lyon’s Hatem Ben Arfa and Fiorentina’s Zdravko Kuzmanovic joining Arsenal in the summer? Oh right, it’s international week.
While there’s no doubt that Arsenal need some to bring in some new midfielders in the summer but I’ll bet my beautiful new Skagen watch that neither of those two will join. The sincerest of apologies in advance to my lovely Dad who gave that watch to me if they do.
Have a good one and try not to let the likes of The Daily Mail get you down.
What do you think?
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