Arsenal things: Wenger zips, Wilshere injured, Newcastle nil
Five Things We Learnt. It’s the made-for-internet football story that enables jobbing hacks to conjure clicks from what has already been reported many times over.
Let’s look at how the mainstream media responded to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United. These are things the pundits expert in football ‘learnt’ from the match:
Daily Telegraph: “Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0, five things we learnt”
3. Wenger has a bigger wardrobe than we realised.
Arsene Wenger wore a tracksuit.
Daily Mirror: “Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: 5 things we learned as Laurent Koscielny saves sluggish Gunners”
2. Arsenal have injuries.
With so many players out injured – Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and so on – the biggest problem is that they have got nothing on the bench to change a game when needed.
Arsenal had those injuries before the match.
Newcastle Chronicle: “Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Five things we learned as struggling Magpies come up short again”
2. It is now 322 minutes with a league goal… and counting
The Sun: “Five things we learnt as Laurent Koscielny goal puts Arsenal two points clear at the top of the Premier League”
1 – ARSENE WENGER does not normally wear a tracksuit – and he should keep it that way. The Arsenal manager looked ridiculous in his ill-fitting garment and should keep his big coat on – even though he struggles with the zip.
Five Things We Learnt about Football Journalism: counting is easy.