Your Team In The Media: Number 1 - Arsenal

John Nicholson and Alan Tyers start a new series in which they will look at how each Premier League club is represented in the media. They start with good old Arsenal...

Last Updated: 03/07/13 at 16:21 Post Comment

Latest Articles

F365's 2014/15 Season Quiz - Questions

Post comment

With the new season just around the corner, how much do you remember about last season's Premier League. Oh, well then you're going to do badly...

All Articles

Is your club a media darling - or an unfashionable whipping boy? Does your team get a rough deal from the hack pack? Do lazy journalists always come up with the same clichés about your club? In a new series, John Nicholson and Alan Tyers look at the stereotypes, coverage and media agendas for each team in the Premier League...

Pundit presence
To be found all over the place. Smudger Smith a regular analyst in print and solid, to the point of tedious, co-comm. Ian Wright's primetime TV career seems to be confined to the dustbin of history but Tony Adams and Paul Merson still do important work in experimental stream-of-consciousness poetry. Romford Pelé to be found quite literally shouting the odds on Talksport.

Celebrity followers
Top club in London inevitably attracts a lot of high profile fans including, allegedly, the Queen (which we doubt) and King Olav V of Norway, comedians Alan Davies and Clive Anderson. Most prominent of all due to high and persistent volume of gobshiteyness, Piers Morgan. Most surprising Arsenal fan? Pink Floyd bass player and songwriter, Roger Waters. Must be all that hanging on in quiet desperation while waiting for them to have a shot at goal.

Back page leaders?
Club receives disproportionately high amount of coverage due to many London journos supporting it, and like other capital clubs it's obviously logistically easier for centralised news outlets to keep on top of stories. Strangely, Arsenal coverage among the most polarised, with many Arsenal-supporting journos and bloggers deeply frustrated at how the club is run, and others considering it to be the epitome of reason and prudence in financially crazy times. High likelihood of being the subject of seriously boring articles about board meetings and share allocation.

Gaffer's media skills
Created image early of professorial reasonableness and has generally refrained from savaging hacks. Never been "one of the boys" with the media. Had he been either more aggressive, or more matey, he might have been able to neutralise some of the negative coverage over last two seasons. TV cameras have much fun with entertaining body language that ranges from epileptic stick insect to Ministry Of Silly Walks comedy turn. Calls for coat to get own spin-off show.

Vox pop cliché fan
Two distinct categories here. On one hand, Norf London older geezer who fondly remembers the rock and roll greats of the club's past and yearns for hard-tackling, hard-shooting, hard-drinking real men like Adams and back to Charlie George and Peter Storey. Then the under-35 fan, usually not local to Islington, who enjoys pass completion stats, worships Barcelona, would like to see tackling outlawed and genuinely sees physicality as an infringement against Arsenal players' human rights.

Keyboard warrior ferocity
Indignant. Most likely to start a sentence, "If you did that to someone on the street...". And he has the stats to prove it. Worst examples think they're better than you.

Club's brand
Good Old Arsenal, solid as the bank of England, keepers of the gentlemanly flame, playing the game the way it should be played.

Outsider's view
For anyone over 35: dirty cheats obsessed with playing offside. 2013 edition: bottle merchants sitting on a massive pile of cash they won't spend. Squad overpopulated with fanny merchants, ankle-biters and awful hair cuts.

Archetypal news story
"Club captain to be sold to Real Madrid this summer" or "manager set to spend big".

John Nicholson and Alan Tyers

Read Johnny's book, 'The Meat Fix' here

Alan's football and cricket books are all in one place here

Follow Alan on Twitter here or Johnny here.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Latest Photos

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company