It seems every time Arshavin gives an interview in Russia he ends up making headlines back in England. Some hacks have made an art out of translating an odd word out of context and making an issue out of it.
The latest translation we’ve seen is from an interview with Sport Express. The English media has jumped onto these words,
As for football I can say that my style has also altered – it is more effective, but less sparkling. I don’t remember when was the last time I scored a really beautiful goal. It is frustrating. I tried to analyse this, but can find no answers.
It’s an interesting twist in translation as the English article by Sport Express which conducted the interview uses the word “picturesque” while the English media is using the word “sparkling”. Not only that, some of them have gone on to stretch this to headlines like, “I’ve Lost My Spark At Arsenal”. Clear example of disgraceful, sensationalist journalism.
You can see the article on the Sport Express website here. Their translation is not very different, in fact only one word has been changed, but subtle changes make all the difference especially when hacks take further liberties for the sake of sensationalism.
As for my football I can say that my style has also altered – it is more effective but less picturesque. I do not remember when was the last time I score a really beautiful goal.
Since the original interview was conducted in Russian, we can definitely rely on the translation given by the Russian paper as they’d know the context and the tone of the conversation.
I think Arshavin is the kind of guy who’d enjoy a solo goal but given the fact that most teams park the bus against Arsenal he’d not get that many chances to run at defences. It’s completely understandable that he’s missing scoring that kind of a goal. We can also see that he is very down to earth, practical, and honest as he admits he didn’t deserve the Zvezda Award (I guess it’s for the Russian player of the month).
If I became number one last month that means that there were no other significant events. Of course I scored two goals in the three starting matches but that is not enough to win month’s award.
Though I cannot name other candidate myself. The Russian internationals have hardly appeared on the pitch and I had no time to watch the Russian Championship.
The whole interview has a nice, positive feel to it and I’m disgusted by the malicious attempts of making a negative Arsenal story out of this interview. In the past I’ve seen some Gooners fall for such tricks. I hope most will now realize that it’s just another effort by the anti-Arsenal media to create a rift between the supporters and one of the star players.
In other news, the FA have dismissed Stoke’s complaints against Wenger. Funnily enough, most headlines say something like, “Wenger escapes punishment” when saying, “Stoke Appeals Rubbished” would be far more appropriate.
According to The Telegraph,
The FA have since studied Wenger’s comments and concluded that he has no case to answer. They believe that Wenger was entitled to raise general concerns about refereeing and trends that are occurring during matches. The FA also noted that at no time did Wenger mention Foy by name.
I’m sure by now all of you must have read the comments by Wenger and the response by Pulis so I won’t repeat those words. I did find Stoke’s complaints particularly funny as they were infuriated by Wengers comments, especially those against Shawcross. The ‘particularly Shawcross’ bit made it laughable because in a way they acknowledge that Huth was indeed using Rugby tactics.
I don’t waste much time on the English media but in the little that I do, I didn’t see any article that said Wenger is absolutely right and Stoke were using Rugby tactics as can be seen from the video evidence. Even now the focus is more on Wenger escaping, implying in some way that what he did was wrong. I just laugh it off but it is a very unfortunate sign that very few journalists actually understand the deep insight and truth in Wenger’s words.
Not only that, imagine if the situation had been reversed and Wenger had been complaining about the comments of someone else. Many would have jumped on the ‘Wenger whinging’ bandwagon without a second thought. In this case no one seems to realize that it’s Pulis who has been caught out and is whinging to save face. Stoke’s tactics were abominable and only the incompetence of the ref allowed them to get away with deliberately and systematically manhandling the opposition goalkeeper.
I believe journalists have a great responsibility as their job allows them to influence public opinion. If I’d been at the press conference with Pulis, I’d have asked him why his players were fouling Gomes at every opportunity. That way Stoke and other thug teams would have known that people are alert to their dirty tricks. It’s been caught on video yet no one had the courage to pose the question and put the Stoke manager under pressure (I didn’t see that press conference but I’m assuming it wasn’t done as it would certainly have created a furore of some sort had someone challenged the Rugby coach).
It seems Arsene is the only one who genuinely wants to clean up and improve English football and he’s the one who gets attacked the most by the largely biased media. What regrettable irony!