No Anti-Arsenal Bias at the BBC honestly – Newsflash

BBC Pundits anti Arsene?
BBC Pundits anti Arsene?

Just for a bit of fun and some balance I am writing a piece in praise of the media and their views on the Arsenal. In particular I wanted to address the Gooners contention that the BBC Football coverage has a strong bias against the Gunners.

We all like to have a good moan on Saturday and Sunday nights at the when we feel the BBC ‘Pundits’ enjoy highlighting what Arsenal and Wenger get wrong as opposed to the huge amount we do so well. Don’t get me wrong the Lineker pisstake a few years back was bang out of order but…

I thought it might be cool in the last week of 2014/15 to look back at the Top 4 Predictions given in August by all 29 of the BBC Television and Radio 5 Live football team. I think you might be surprised but first a few interesting facts for context:

  • There are only 3 Ex Players who might be expected to have a soft spot for Man United in Robbie Savage, Dion Dublin and Phil Neville
  • There are only 2 Ex Players who might be expected to have a soft spot for Liverpool in Mark Lawrenson and Danny Murphy.
Retire please while you have self respect – Oh too late!
  • There is only 1 Ex Player who might be expected to have a soft spot for Chelsea in Pat Nevin
  • There is only 1 Ex Player who might be expected to have a soft spot for Man City in Danny Mills
  • There are 3 Ex Players who might be expected to have a soft spot for Spurs in Garth Crooks, Chris Waddle and Les Ferdinand – Oh hold on no idea why that is an issue as this is a blog on potential Top 4!!
  • Wait a cotton picking minute though there are 3 Ex Players who might be expected to have a soft spot for the Arsenal in John Hartson, Ian Wright and Martin Keown.

So it would appear no real bias potential to speak of at first glance, although I am not aware of the allegiances of all of the commentators.

Here below is the full table of predictions from the 29 BBC ‘Experts’

 

Phil Neville Chelsea Man Utd Man City Arsenal
Robbie Savage Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Danny Murphy Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Mark Lawrenson Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Danny Mills Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Kevin Kilbane Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Pat Nevin Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Jacqui Oatley Chelsea Man City Arsenal Liverpool
Alan Shearer Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Gabby Logan Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Jason Roberts Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Guy Mowbray Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Steve Wilson Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Alistair Mann Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Steve Bower Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
Garth Crooks Chelsea Man City Man Utd Arsenal
John Murray Chelsea Man City Man Utd Arsenal
Ian Dennis Chelsea Arsenal Man City Liverpool
Alistair Bruce-Ball Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
Chris Waddle Man City Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd
Martin Keown Man City Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd
Jonathan Pearce Man City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Kelly Cates Man City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Les Ferdinand Man City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Conor McNamara Man City Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal
Ian Wright Man City Arsenal Chelsea Man Utd
John Hartson Man City Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool
Dion Dublin Man Utd Chelsea Man City Liverpool
John Motson Man Utd Chelsea Man City Liverpool

 

Well let’s start with the naming and shaming of the 2, and it was only 2 who, that you can leave of your Christmas card list. Yes the once great and now senile old dodderer John Motson and would be musician and band manager, Dion Dublin both had Arsenal outside of the Top 4. Incidentally both of them had Man United as Champions!

So of the 29 pundits that most feel undervalue and underrate our team 27 predicted we would make Champions League qualification again. Interestingly though not one of them felt we had the strength to win the Premier League. They were correct!

7 of the 29, barring a crazy last week appear to have nailed it with a top 4 of Chelsea, City, Arsenal and United – So well done to Alan Shearer, not just a boring dick, Gabby Logan, Jason Roberts, Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Alastair Mann and Steve Bower.

14 of them had Liverpool finishing in the top 4 – Oh Dear Oh Dear!!

19 of the 29 had Chelsea down as their Premier League Champions – Not the hardest prediction but nevertheless quite impressive given City were defending their title.

4 of the 29 felt it would be the Gunners that would push all the way and had us down as Runners Up – Wrighty, for all his whinging, John Hartson, Ian Dennis and Alistair Bruce-Ball. Cheers guys keep the faith and we may come good in 2016.

NO ONE SINGLE BBC PUNDIT FELT THAT TOTTENHAM COULD OR WOULD FINISH IN THE TOP 4 – SEE THEY DO KNOW THEIR FOOTIE!!

Had we not lost to Swansea we would in all likelihood confounded 25 of the 20 and finished 2nd which is a great shame.

Anyway just an interesting diversion but next time you lay into the Beeb over the odd sound bite, remember that only 2 of the 29 actually thought Wenger and Arsenal would fail to make Top 4. In truth I think there are an awful lot of them that would actually love to see The Gunners challenging next season and I will be looking out for the August new season predictions to see if I am right.

Well Alan Hansen did retire did he not and Gary Lineker for some reason not asked. Perhaps he was too busy spouting crap on Twitter!

Gary you are still a Spud tart though:

 

Laters!

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