Happy Saturday everyone. It's a bit of quiet day on the newsfeeds so not an awful lot to report on.
Key issues to deal with are that the back page headline in The Sun yesterday which said something like...
'The moment we lost belief in the manager'
... From Laurent Koscielny. Well, it was kind of detached from the content of the interview. It almost felt like The Sun had written a irrelevant headline to shift more papers. Very naughty. Anyway, Arsenal went to the unusual lengths to publish the original Phillipe Auclair version on the homepage yesterday... which as it goes was a pretty stellar read. This bit was interesting.
'Here at Arsenal, we’ve got one session per day, which lasts one hour and a half; and during this hour and a half, you don’t stop. Everything’s done so that you’re at your maximum, from the warm-up to the end of the session. So, at the beginning, it was tough for me, I could feel I was really stretching my engine... all the more so that, at Lorient, [manager] Christian Gourcuff tended not to call on me for the first two days of the week'
Just fuelling what I've told you for years about the way we train. We're quite unique in the sense that we max out our players every session. Other clubs tend to do what Gourcuff did... tailor training around the players. That's not Arsene's way and that's why we've tended to suffer with injuries. GPS seems to have helped calm that urge to blast players (or at least flag when they're red zoning) and reduce some of those injuries, but I doubt it's changed the way Wenger does things wholesale.
In other news, Arsene is up to his usual tricks again...
'Our job will be focused on inside [matters] now we have Podolski. That means to get Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby back in a healthy situation and then I believe we have quite a big squad. It will be [our intention] to trim a little bit and if possible add one or two players.'
Trim a little? Bring in one or two? Get Abou Diaby back to fitness?
Arsene, if that's truly what you think needs to happen to turn us into a title winning team, you really are deluded. We've made 3rd this year because everyone else has messed up. The only thing we've had to smile about in the last 6 weeks was the City game which was dampened by losing dropping points either side of the game. We've spluttered over the finish line (if we make third that is), the players have been complacent and arrogant.. and the manager is saying we need minimal changes over the summer?
I just hope he's saying those things to get a reaction from the players on Sunday. I mean, to be pulling the Diaby fitness card for the 5th season running is a sure sign you're not learning your lessons.How many points exactly do we need to finish behind the winners of the league before he looks at the team and say...
'Fu*k me, this is poor'
I mean 19 points off the lead is pretty bad. It's the formula one equivalent of being lapped. That is not a two change issue. City will bolster this summer, United will do the same... yet Arsene will be the only manager in the league who would consider going at it again with the same group of players who let us down this year? That really would be amazing. I'd challenge anyone on either side of the Wenger fence to condone a two player in summer.
Thierry Henry had a goal nicked off him by the dubious goals panel. That knocks him down to 228, a bit of a shame... perhaps we get him back again next season to avenge that Blackburn goal? Isn't it amazing that the dubious goals panel are soooo busy it takes them until now to make a decision. What a joke. How long does it take to see who landed the goal? What, 12 minutes? Inefficiency at every level in football is painful to watch.
Team news for tomorrow looks slightly worrying. The keeper has messed up his shoulder so might be a doubt. This happened last year. We had to play Almunia. He had a disaster when he came out and shoved Squillaci in a horrendous error. Fabianski is not a good keeper. Him playing tomorrow would worry me. We also have no Sagna. Another big loss but at least the man coming in is pretty good. Coquelin can't defend as well as Sagna but he's better going forward. The rest of the team will look pretty standard. It's all about which attitude turns up... hopefully they all know I have some bets on for 3rd place... and the good attitude shows up for the full 90 minutes.
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Time will tell. Enjoy your Saturday and the sun that goes with it! (Not the paper)