Whether it’s ‘Ya Gooners Ya’ or ‘Tough one to take, we go again next week’, these post-match tweets and Instagram posts HAVE to stop. Well, the former isn’t so bad considering that a certain Mesut Ozil only really tweets that when the mighty Gunners actually win a game, but it’s the latter – when tweeted straight after a crushing loss – that needs to be stamped out of the game as soon as possible.
It can’t just be me who gets extremely frustrated, angered and quite simply bemused when one of your favourite players – who you obviously follow on every single platform possible – turns to social media to explain that the performance simply wasn’t good enough. I mean, what is that about?? It’s quite possibly the worst feature of modern day football, and we all know that’s an achievement in itself given the frailties of the beautiful game that gets uglier by the day. How dare these men have the cheek, the nerve, the audacity to express such useless emotions through the media.
Picture the scene; you wake up on a lovely Saturday morning to watch your side play, having waited the entirety of a whole week to finally get the football back on the tele. You share all the pre-match stats and figures that suggest a win for your beloved team is on the cards, you follow the players arriving on snapchat and you like all the Instagram photos as the squad prepare for three huge points.
Bang. 1-0 down. 2-0. 3-0. 4-0. Who cares what the score is anymore, a loss is a loss, and losses against rivals are even harder to absorb after such confidence before the game. Now comes the 21st-century footballer, straight onto Twitter to explain that ‘We simply weren’t at it today’, or ‘Sometimes the results just don’t go your way’, or even ‘Hugely disappointing for the lads after a tough test out there’. IT’S YOUR JOB. And it’s even worse when you scrape out a draw with the league’s worst performers, but the message from these social media robots never changes.
And then, of course, we are granted the additional promise that ‘We’ll bounce back next week’, and ‘We’ll learn from our mistakes and put it right next time out’, only for it all to go tits up and happen again the following week…shambolic. Add to that the constant videos from training, where it’s Alberto Moreno scoring at the third time of asking against Simon Mignolet, to then apologise to his team-mate on Instagram with a cheeky wink face, or Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a routine training goal like he’s just won the World Cup. As mad as it sounds, I honestly think some of these geezers play football for the likes. Fans just want a good team performance and honesty from their players, elements that are sadly gradually losing a grip in the modern game, but instead are treated to this sort of nonsense day in day out. Just think what life, and the life of a footballer, in this case, was like not so long ago when Twitter and Instagram were post-match interviews and real-life actions. It just ain’t the same as it used to be.
We can’t, of course, blame it all on these poor, overpaid guys who get to play football for a living, as modern-day society and culture, in general, is much the same, with people losing their minds when they can’t fit their whole meal in the Instagram photo, or they can’t describe what happened on their journey home in only 140 characters. Let’s just hope there is light at the end of this very dark tunnel, in that people stop taking pictures of their Caesar Salad, but more importantly that footballers stop playing football for the sake of a good snapshot on their Insta, with the inevitable generic caption ‘Working hard’ followed by three muscle emojis.
I mean, these players could surely stick a short apology to the fans if anything, rather than the nonsense that either them or the fools running their social media accounts are getting paid to write. GO AND WORK HARD IN TRAINING! Forget about all this ‘online presence’ carry on and go and prove yourselves on the pitch. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves and do what some of you are getting far too much money to do; play football.