Arsenal may be sitting at the top of the Premier League but all the talk has not been about the wonderful way in which we reached the top but all eyes are cast in the way Gallas stepped on Mark Davies. That incident lead directly to Arsenal’s equaliser against Bolton. The referee was close enough to have an obstructed view of the incident and said that it was a coming together of 2 players with no malice from either side.
Wenger was absolutely right when he said this;
I am always absolutely amazed that people get away with it. When we get kicked and lose the game, the question I get from the press is ‘oh, you did not fancy that’. But nobody is upset or shocked by it. When we are kicked they find that it is absolutely all right
Not for the first time we hear of opposition teams saying prior to playing us that they will need to employ rough house tactics to keep our game in check. I never hear the media picking on what these teams said but when Wenger says that Denilson should have handled the ball the next time he goes down without being fouled. Straight away the media spins this statement out of proportions, with various experts claiming Wenger is promoting foul plays. It is only idiots who are stupid enough not to realise that Wenger’s comment was tongue in cheek one.
The media has never been fair to us over the years. Whenever we managed to scrap for a draw, they say we’re just lucky. But when the Chelseas and the Uniteds do it, they say its championship material. I’ve learned over the years to read lightly what the media writes or says. I suggest you do the same. Even now, the majority of them are telling us that Chelsea will still end up as champions. Most, if not all are still expecting Wenger and his men to falter somewhere from here to May.
Wenger has the utmost faith in his set of players and there’s no reason why we as supporters do not feel the same way as him. The season is still long. While the league itself has only 16 games left to be played for Arsenal, the continental competition as well as the FA Cup will represent distractions and prolonging the season even further. The best thing is not to get ahead of ourselves. While we are not as bad as the media portray us to be, we do not have the divine right to the Premiership title. Let’s take a game at a time and see how we go from there.
Stoke preview tomorrow, have a nice day.