Arsenal & the Sun’s ‘hippy crack’ story
The Sun tried to shame several Arsenal stars on Friday.
The front page of the tabloid was dedicated to the Gunners.
A black and white picture was splashed on the front page.
The headline read: High Goon. Arsenal aces pass out in hippy crack club binge.
Classic BS front page from the Sun 😡😡😡😡😡
Hippy crack isn't a thing. It's called laughing gas
This happened in pre-season pic.twitter.com/smawYdImlY
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) December 7, 2018
On the Sun’s website, the following headline is given:
Arsenal stars’ hippy crack binge – watch Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette at wild party as Guendouzi passes out after taking hit from balloon.
What immediately became clear from the opening paragraphs is that the incident happened in pre-season, “a day before the season started”.
In the Sunday Times this weekend, David Walsh has reported on what Arsenal really think about the Sun’s story last Friday:
There will be some tut-tutting at reports that some Arsenal players used laughing gas on an early-season night out and while the club will publicly disapprove, they are privately wondering why the story should emerge more than three months after it happened.
The better things go on the pitch, the more likely players will be supported.
Mesut Ozil may be finished under Unai Emery
Mesut Ozil has missed five matches in a row for Arsenal.
The 30-year-old is reportedly sidelined with a bask spasm.
However would Ozil even get into the Arsenal team if he was fit?
Ozil was benched for Arsenal’s away match at Bournemouth a few weeks ago.
On Ozil’s future with the Gunners, the Sunday Times believes the outlook is bleak for the player:
Mesut Ozil should have seen this coming because it is now a matter of some uncertainty whether the German has a future at the Emirates stadium.
Emery insists on his team pressing their opponents aggressively and winning the ball back as quickly as possible.
That demands a discipline and workrate that Ozil may or may not be able to deliver.
He remains a gifted footballer but one who may not find a place in Emery’s set-up.
MOTD on Unai Emery
Arsenal have often struggled in first halves this season in the Premier League.
While it’s positive that Arsenal comeback in the second forty-five, is that trend because Unai Emery keeps getting things wrong at the beginning of games?
That issue was discussed on Match of the Day after the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 8, 2018