In the Mail on Sunday this weekend, they have given absolutely NO coverage to Arsenal ahead of Arsenal v Manchester United.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives a thumbs up during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Sporting CP at Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday are technically two separate papers, although it doesn’t often feel like that.

Last week, I noticed that the majority of their build-up ahead of Spurs v Arsenal was about Tottenham. I was going to mention it then but thought to myself ‘it’s probably because Spurs are the home side that they are focussing on them’.

Yes, I gave them the benefit of the doubt because I’m an idiot.

So, you can imagine my (faux) surprise when I opened this weekend’s Mail on Sunday to find all their coverage of Arsenal v United focused on the Manchester outfit.

10 March 2019 Mail on Sunday's Arsenal v Manchester United pre-match coverage
10 March 2019 Mail on Sunday’s Arsenal v Manchester United pre-match coverage

What you see above is the entirety of their match build-up coverage.

As you can see, there is nothing about Arsenal except 12 passing mentions (highlighted), none of which are actually anything to do with Arsenal except in how they relate to United (and three of those mentions are Arsenal in the Premier League table and their name because they are playing).

There are no other articles in the paper about Arsenal (apart from a very small one about a bit of transfer gossip).

Mentions:

  1. I bet Arsenal aren’t looking forward to seeing him today
  2. …but if they occupy the space between Arsenal’s two centre-halves and the fullbacks…
  3. …when United beat Arsenal
  4. It’s very tight in the Premier League with Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal around them
  5. But in the buildup to today’s match at Arsenal…
  6. Arsenal v Man United
  7. Manchester United’s 4-3-1-2 lineup v Arsenal on January 25
  8. He used a 4-3-1-2 formation against Arsenal in the FA Cup
  9. Premier League since Solskjaer took over, Arsenal in 4th place
  10. United’s victory over Arsenal that day…
  11. Only three came in the Arsenal box
  12. Lukaku and Sanchez stretched the Arsenal defence

In case you have forgotten, this is also our home game making us favourites (11/8 v 15/8) yet the Mail on Sunday have dedicated not one single column inch to discussing the Gunners before this massive match.

I kept thinking I must be missing something, so I looked through the entire paper. Three times.

I wasn’t and I still can’t shake the feeling I’ve missed something because how do you preview Arsenal v Manchester United and not mention Arsenal? How does that happen?

190303 mail on sunday pre spurs buildup
Daily Mail 3 March 2019

As I mentioned above, ahead of the Spurs game last weekend the majority of their talk was about Spurs, but they at least pretended to give a sh*t about the other side involved in the game.

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