When your back’s against the wall, sometimes the comforting arm of a massive compliment can be all you need…
‘Hey Pedro, nice typing, how fast are you at writing e-mails?’
‘I’m not sure boss?’
That’s all I need to get me through a big day at the office. What’s the football equivalent? The following comments Wenger left for Jack to digest with his bacon pasta breakfast this morning…
‘France had Zinedine Zidane. When the France team played well it was all Zidane, but the others could play. Before that we had (Michel) Platini. In the history of the French national team, the results stopped when Platini stopped.
‘They also stopped when Zidane stopped. You need a good generation but you also need one player. Did England’s stop when Bobby Moore stopped? You should be positive because Jack can take that mantle.
Big comparisons. Don’t be a jerk and say Arsene is saying Jack is comparable to Zidane ability wise… He’s merely saying Jack could one day be the man who head butts someone in a World Cup final. I’d take that… might shut Greg Dyke up for a starter.
Sunderland play host to Arsenal later on today. Ozil faces a late fitness test due to illness. I’d bust out his comments but I can’t tell if they were from yesterday or a few weeks ago. The jist is he’s happy to be at Arsenal, he likes the familiarity of Germans and he likes the trust of the manager. Epic stuff. Let’s hope he adapts instantly. You’d have to hope the bedding in period was less for a player of his calibre… but we’ve see great players bomb over here. Seba Veron never managed it… where Juan Mata instantly took to the league like the office chubster takes to the left over meeting room sandwiches.
… I’m hoping the similarities in culture between Germans and the English will make the switch easier.
Injury news isn’t pretty but there are no fresh additions:
Diaby (both knee)
What a damn lie. Sanogo and Rosicky are fresh… and maybe Ozil. Sanogo, what a joke… he’s already on his second injury. I know some people at the Royal Mail, I might ready his application…
A strong line up should see a front three of Giroud, Cazorla and Theo.
Our midfield looks like Rambo, Jack and Ozil.
Take a moment. I just said Ozil.
Readjust your trousers…
… and we’re back.
Standard back 5.
That’s enough to take down Sunderland. Someone told me there was a leak saying the first team lost to the Sunderland 21s. Could be a fake leak, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were true. Management through brutality works occasionally, but it’s not sustainable. Especially not in sport. Athletes are dim, delicate creatures. Slate them at your peril. They’re also good at chatting amongst themselves. You fail the likeability test and you could find yourself on the end of a unspoken ‘play badly’ protest. AVB suffered that at Chelsea…
We’ll see though. Could be a turbo charged Sunderland. So we have to be careful.
Right, over an out. I’m starting on the booze in 5 minutes. In three hours time I’ll be having it ‘large’ with the girls from Scarborough. Don’t be jealous, that scowl doesn’t look good on you…