Skip the Bias and Learn More About Arsenal Than The Mass Media Reports
I’ve been watching Arsenal TV/Arsenal World on Foxsports. It is also available online at Arsenal.com
The channel is run by Arsenal and it is a great opportunity to see what a big football club is really about. Not to mention a rare chance to watch games without the north west bias and constant speculation about the clubs ‘crises’.
As well as showing games and highlights, there is plenty of behind the scenes footage. Players are shown training and competing for the highly sought-after starting places in the line up. But they are also shown having fun together and with fans. Those players who are not regularly mentioned by the press make frequent appearances and the depth of the club is far more evident than I believe that most fans understand.
Footage of youth games can be seen on Arsenal TV and the strength and talent in depth is astounding.
I wonder if more Arsenal ‘fans’ watched their football this way they would become real supporters and begin to enjoy the triumphs more than running down the boss and any player who dares to temporarily lose form.
EFL Cup Nottingham Forest
The EFL Cup game against Nottingham Forest was shown in full on Arsenal TV, when it was not available live anywhere in my region.
With eleven changes from the side that started on Saturday against Hull and many players selected not featuring in any match day squads previously, so far this season, Arsenal‘s strength in depth could not have been better highlighted.
With recent multi-million pound signings Xhaka, Elneny and Lucas included, as well as frequent first team regulars Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain, this could hardly be called a weakened Arsenal side. But Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Chuba Akpom really staked their claims for Premier Leagueand Champions League football.
Arsenal old boys Nicklas Bendtner and Henri Lansbury tried hard to demonstrate what their former club is missing and really left their mark on some Arsenal players.
It was totally refreshing to hear a commentary that was not littered with sly remarks about the threat to Arsene Wenger‘s position and digs at the perceived shortcomings of many Arsenal players. A lot of Arsenal fans could really benefit from watching games this way, without the negative influence of the regular TV commentators and pundits.
Granit Xhaka‘s second long range goal in four days could have a very positive effect for the team, beyond the value of the goals themselves. If Xhaka continues to threaten this way, opposing defences will have to come out to deal with it and this may give Alexis and Walcott the opportunity get in behind them.
Arsenal picked up their second win and scored four goals, for the second time in four days. This, coupled with the evident strength in depth, should put Arsenal fans in a positive state of mind. Lets hope that it does.