“Sports journalist” Adrian Durham comes out with some laughable excuses for articles, but he has arguably outdone himself with his latest piece criticising Arsenal in the Daily Mail.
The clueless columnist spewed forth a whole host of asinine remarks throughout the piece, slamming the Arsenal players as well as the fans.
His most ridiculous opinion was regarding our record signing Mesut Özil however, proving once and for all that he knows little to nothing about football.
“He cost £42million so he must be good, right?” he wrote.
“Everyone quickly worked out the reasons why Real Madrid were happy to let him go. Without him they won the Champions League, with him Arsenal lifted the FA Cup. You do the maths.”
Suggesting that Real Madrid winning the Champions League is in any way comparable to us ending our trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup, is ludicrous in itself. But to put it down to the absence and presence of Özil respectively, is downright imbecilic.
No matter what some fans may think, we are not at the level of Real Madrid. Would we have won the Champions League without the German playmaker (or even with a replacement)? No, almost certainly not.
So for Durham to suggest that our success that season should be measured based on whether or not we won the Champions League, is once again ridiculous.
Like he so astutely pointed out however, we did win the FA Cup that year. Is that comparable to the Champions League? No, of course it isn’t. But whether our £42.5m man was a major contributor or not, we still ended our decade long trophy drought.
You would argue therefore, that we had improved vastly on our previous campaign – a campaign in which we were missing Mesut Özil.
To give him some credit, he did point out that we haven’t been challenging for major honours recently; something very few fans or journalists have actually noticed. That however, is one of the few things he got correct in his article, with the rest proving to be absolute drivel.