Kolasinac and Ozil: Are You Outraged?

The weekend is nearly upon us; Burnley are already dismissed as cannon fodder. Apparently, there is a stat which tells us Arsenal will end the weekend top of the Premier League. Only one stat tells us that: the final score.

Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac returned to training and navel-gazing, angst if you like, about supporter reaction or lack of it.

It’s certainly muted. In part, that’s due to the reporting. When The Stun and Heil lead the way in covering the story, you know the truth is in short supply. Or even shorter than is normal where the media is concerned.

There’s also the circumstances surrounding the problem. Kolasinac’s actions in the original incident saw him elevated to cult status. Maybe that reaction contributed to the bruised egos which dominate the reportage.

James Benge in the Evening Standard asks:

Where is the outrage this time? Where is the condemnation from fans’ groups or the sport’s authorities? After all, two players are fearful not to turn up for work. Clearly, sympathy in short supply.

James Benge leaves out the Fourth Estate in his question

I’ll add to that. Where is the media coverage? The media salaciously intrudes on a family’s grief, hacks a dead girl’s mobile phone but when footballers lives are threatened, it isn’t newsworthy? Benge called it “societal ills” but that doesn’t shift copy. Clearly, advertising sales in short supply.

He is right, however, to question why there isn’t more outrage. I observed a while back that I didn’t know enough about the circumstances to comment. I still don’t; all the reporting stems from The Stun; let’s be honest, it isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a reliable source.

A Very Millennial Reaction

Why am I not more outraged? I am concerned; I’ve said before that no family in any walk of life should be subjected to this intimidation.

It’s a very 21st Century word, outrage. If you’re not outraged, you don’t care. If those in authority don’t have a soundbite, where’s the outrage. Maybe the genuine seriousness of the situation elevates it beyond the faux outrage James feels about the lack of outrage?

He’s right; this is nothing like Mkhitaryan’s absence from the Europa League final. That was political and footballing incompetence colliding in wholly avoidable circumstances.

To conflate the two issues is disingenuous. It’s done in the name of sensationalism and for the sake of the two families involved now, is wholly unacceptable.

It is entirely possible that the nationality of the two players is partly responsible for the lack of press coverage. When Steven Gerrard was threatened after stating he wanted to leave Anfield for Chelsea, it garnered plenty of attention.

If this, god forbid, happened to the Rooneys, all hell would be breaking loose.

So, yes, nationality is part of it.

Were this the Ozil who first signed for Arsenal, I’d wager the coverage would be greater. That Ozil sold papers; this one doesn’t. When all’s said and done, the media exists for one reason: to make money.

And you thought it was for the news!

He doesn’t, however, make enough of the point about the players fear. If this humble blogger thinks there is an opportunity for football to be nobbled by ‘deselecting’ a star player, you can guarantee those with the means are way ahead.

Rock Steady Eddie

Ultimately, I welcome their return to training, that they are ready to return to football. Is it a signal that their lives are gaining some semblance of normality?

Has it already happened and been covered up by a convenient injury? A ransom paid to stop it happening, with the event covered up to prevent widespread recurrences? Is my mind awash with diabolical plans? I think so.

It doesn’t change my view of yesterday, however.

Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah scored on his Leeds!Leeds!Leeds! debut. A simple tap-in albeit fortuitously as he looked offside when the cross came in. He didn’t care then, he won’t care now. The ref didn’t spot it and the camera angles were inconclusive.

Amid the hurly-burly of the Carabao Cup clash at Salford, the commentary team let slip that Leeds!Leeds!Leeds! watched Nketiah 22 times. Twenty-two times; Marcelo Bielsa loves watching a DVD, doesn’t he? Goodness knows what he’d make of Spurs online store; they also love a DVD.

Lambasted for Spygate, the Leeds!Leeds!Leeds! boss is a breath of fresh air. He had the balls to not only do what others only thought of but acted on it. His Powerpoint presentation explaining it all was a memorable moment of last season.

And Leeds!Leeds!Leeds! are strong at that, as Phil Hay reports in The Athletic. Arsenal demanded the suitors put together a profile of how Nketiah fitted into their plans before making a decision. This time, there was no indecision from Unai Emery such as that which nixed his move to Augsburg in January.

The article is a fascinating insight into the loans process and typical of those which make the site worth subscribing to.

Perhaps the most telling quote comes from Angus Kinnear, Leeds United’s chief executive. Arsenal did not countenance a permanent move; they were “categorical” that “they want him to be an Arsenal player.”

Will Nketiah make the grade at Arsenal? A season in a promotion-challenging team will serve him well in terms of experience. Is he the heir-apparent to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? This season will give a lot of those answers.

’til Tomorrow.

14 thoughts on “Kolasinac and Ozil: Are You Outraged?

  1. HenryNorrisDialSquare says:

    Lets hope Eddie continues his footballing education at Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! Great work as always YW

  2. HenryNorrisDialSquare says:

    I’ll post this again from the last blog:

    The BBC reported on analysis by Carteret Analytics.


    Makes for interesting reading. Apparently we didn’t get the best vfm for the transfer’s we made. In fact only David Luiz was vfm according to Carteret Analytics.

    However, I’m still pleased with our transfer business. And we’ve got 10% for the Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s transfer to Lyon apparently

  3. HenryNorrisDialSquare says:

    120 mins and penalties. Lets hope this plays into Southampton’s and Leicester’s hands. And lets hope Wolves can turn over the Manure and Shitty do the business on the Spuds.

    And for goodness sake, lets turn up against Burnley and not slip on the banana skin.

  4. Mulerise1 says:


    Yes,touch wood and don’t dare the devil………..thats perfect scenerio.lets bag our own 3 points first,then see what others would come up with

  5. C says:

    Good stuff Yogi.

    Wonder if all the media’s dislike for everything Ozil is preventing them from writing stories about this situation….

    Anyways, I’m glad to have both he and Sead back in training and hope the pitch provides them that outlet and they play well for us.

    Nketiah looks a really player and learning behind Lacazette and Aubameyang is brilliant as they are 2 completely different strikers for him to learn from. Also, learning from the tactical madman that is Bielsa will do him a world of good and hopefully he comes back an even more ready player and join the rest of the talented young squad that is being built.

  6. AmericanGunnerFan says:

    Here is a big difference between the media in the US and Britain: in the US, the Ozil and Kolasinac story would not be covered as a sports story by the sports media, but as a crime story by the whole media. And God knows we Americans love a juicy crime story!

    In the US, investigative journalists would be pounding the pavement to try to get information about the gangs involved. Dozens of cameramen and reporters would be camped out around Ozil’s home, hoping to get a photo of him or his wife or an interview.

    We also love our macho heroes, so Kolasinac would be in demand for dozens of talk shows. The media, currently operating at a fever pitch on multiple crime stories, would be looking at the political angle, the beautiful wife in danger angle, the celebrity angle, the ethnic angle, etc. in addition to the criminal story. That would keep some outlets busy for months.

    It wouldn’t matter that Ozil is no longer performing at the top level. Crime stories about much lesser athletes have been followed daily for months by some in the past. I can’t imagine the American media abandoning a juicy story like this the way the British media has.

  7. C says:

    Emery says Sead and Ozil have been training since Tuesday and could be in contention for Saturday.

  8. Blue Yonder says:

    I read a report earlier in the week that two 27 year-olds had been arrested. Their names sounded as though they might be Turkish or similar but that’s just a guess on my part.

  9. Bill says:

    Interesting post Yogi

    I am sorry that Ozil and Kolasinac and especially their families have to be subjected to something like this.

    I think the reason we have not seen as much reaction to the story about Ozil and Kolasinac is because its rather strange and no one really knows what to think. Its very strange that a gang would pick those 2 to target and continue to go after them when the supposed random car jacking failed? Fair or not one of my first thoughts is those 2 players might have been hanging around with with the wrong crowd or gotten involved in something they probably should not have been which made them a target. Hopefully that is not the case and this is just some ultra strange totally random unexplainable event in which case it will probably go away and not be a long term issue.

  10. Bill says:

    I don’t know anything about Turkish culture but wonder if there is a Turkish mafia or a gang they somehow upset.

  11. Blue Yonder says:


    Yes, that has crossed my mind as well. A protection racket targetting people of one’s own background is as old as the hills. Hope it can put a stop to, whatever it stems from.

  12. C says:


    Not for nothing but there was A SHIT TON of outrage over Ozil being pictured with the political and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if that played a part. No matter what it is, you live in a country where people get attacked foe their beliefs, values and principals ALL the time. No matter what it is, nobody’s family should live in fear to the point of them wanting and needing to flee a whole country just to feel safe.

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