Howdy Gooners, hope you had a great weekend, I was until I read that cheeky faced fella call our manager a complainant. You know who I am referring to, media darling Jose Mourinho, in reaction to Arsene’s comment on the January transfer window and Chelsea’s use of it with the Mata deal being unfair.
Before we dwell on him and the whole Mata shenanigans I’ll try and share my opinion on social media and its usage. I don’t claim to be some voice that anyone should really pay attention to on how we should all tweet but I am certain I am not alone in thinking the fact that we all try to cram reason into 140xters sometimes defeats the purpose. Reason is completely lost most times sacrificed on the table of retweets and mentions and people tend to say things that seem a populist opinion.
Why is it so hard sometimes to look beyond the headlines of a story, so the mainstream media printed a story with Caption ‘Wenger calls Mata’s sale unfair’ and in seconds twitter is agog with different handles listing all the big players he has sold to our potential rivals on the basis of the headline and once that fella Piers (I won’t even honour him by adding his last name) says something it is taken as gospel by his legion. Things like context are lost, headlines are now complete news stories. How about we try to open our minds a little more and see the contextual meaning of some statements Wenger makes, how about that?
Wenger was reacting to a question he was asked and he answered in the context of the January transfer window. Would Wenger have uttered the same response had the deal been done in the summer? A period where he sold players to direct rivals himself? The thing with Wenger is that he has such an intelligent mind, he loves football and is not scared to take a different approach to things. His broad view of the game as it should be is not something that is welcome in modern day football where fans, media and club owners are fixated on the now and immediate. He is like a Football purist, the last custodian of what football should really be like so it would not be out of order to hear him say things like fairness a term that is lost on so many.
Wenger has always had his reservations about the January transfer window and his own words on this Mata deal were just re-echoing his already widely known apathy towards the window so in effect it wasn’t just about the subject in this case Mata but about the general window
“Yes I am because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent.” “Chelsea had already played twice against Man United so they don’t play again anymore. They could have sold him last week but it opens up again questions about the dates of this transfer window. Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others not.”I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody exactly the same that should not happen.”
On whether the deal was for Mata to take points from other rivals, Wenger went on to say….
“I wouldn’t go as far as that. I just think you would want everybody on the same level. I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing. They do not make the rules, but maybe the rules should be a bit more adapted for more fairness.”
How the part where he said Chelsea had broken no rules was completely ignored beats me. In January 2013 in reaction to Newcastle’s purchase of the whole second string of the French National team Wenger stated
It is unfair some teams have played, for example, Newcastle already and then some still have to face a side with six or eight new players. I think it (the January window) should be completely cut out or limited to two players.
“I believe it is hard, not only for the manager, but for the club. Even for the player too, I believe it’s harder. [Without the January window] you have a focus, you know there is no other way, you think ’I have to focus on that’. “Or you keep it completely open. When I arrived in England it was completely open.” You have players coming to you saying, ‘If I don’t play maybe I will leave in January,’”
“So, they are already less committed to the cause. It gives them an opening. We have gone from a period where you knew, if you didn’t play, you had to be committed.
We don’t need to go any further; it’s obvious that the Manager has a very strong opinion about the window that is no way limited to the Mata situation or whether Mata will take points from us and City to see Chelsea win the league. Folks trying to force the issue list all the players Wenger has sold to City and United trying to negate Wenger’s position but they fail to ask themselves in which window were RVP, Nasri, Clichy, Adebayour etc sold? Mourinho’s reaction to Wenger’s comment is not uncharacteristic with his attitude as he likes to make everything personal, attacking the individual rather than the discuss.
Mourinho said: ”Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. It’s something that we know. ‘This is the market. We don’t do the market, we don’t make the rules. We have just to act according to the rules.
‘Yet when he says that this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. Always. Always. ”In the Capital One Cup, we had to play 24 hours after. They had 72 hours. That’s not fair. This week, a week without a midweek game, what everyone wants to do is play before to rest ahead of next week. One plays on Friday, another on Sunday.”Who plays Friday? Who plays Sunday? When you go to the fixtures this season, it’s never fair because they always get the right to rest and the right time to play. It’s fantastic. THAT’S not fair.”
I don’t undertand this guy really, he says Chelsea didn’t do against the rules a position Wenger also holds and then he goes on to slight Arsenal for having favourble fixtures, fixtures that were not set by Arsenal or Wenger. We have been top of the league for almost all of the season now and I think we need to be respected for what we have done so far. There is a limit having a favourable fixture list can take you and we have gone past that a long time ago and would he like to swap his fixture in March with Chelsea’s?
He goes on to say he would have sold Mata to anyone even Arsenal or Man City, does anyone with a brain really believe this guy would have sold Mata to us and especially Man City? Seriously, this is a man that refused to sell Demba Ba to us after we have sealed the Ozil deal for fear of us becoming a threat and now he would be willing to give us Mata? Chelsea’s best player for two seasons back to back? I don’t even believe Chelsea would have sold Mata to United if they had not played them twice and stand no chance of meeting in the FA Cup and Champions League, that is how good Mata is. This man must really think we all have a very low intelligence quotient sadly for him we don’t.
That’s all folks….
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