Arsene Wenger dropping some of dose mind games before the games tomorrow. He had his say on Chelsea and the title.
“At the moment Chelsea are the super-favourites because they are quite big and made a big difference,”
“But it is theirs to lose as we say here in England. They can still lose it, at the moment they have won it but they can still lose it.”
I love the, ‘as we say in England’, such a secret xenophobe… can’t stand people like Conte coming in and stealing honorary Englishman’s praise. I’m with Arsene on this one, they can drop points and this could go off the rails. The title is never won in December and I think it’ll be very interesting to see how they cope after a loss (take a read of this monster on what Conte has done to make Chelsea a winning machine. Tough read, but interesting).
Big worry for me is that’s no ordinary side, that’s a team that won the title two years ago with complete ease. That’s a team with some pretty incredible players combined with a manager who knows his systems and knows how to get the most out of all types of players.
But look, as we say in England, sorry, as we do in England… build it up so we can tear it down with a gleeful aggression.
Continuing with his good form in the prezzer, Wenger bodied Debuchy with a ripping retort about Arsenal blocking his moves away.
“We never blocked him going to Fiorentina, nor Espanyol. They had no interest in him at all because we checked that, so you have to take this article with a little distance.
On claims Debuchy was blocked from going to Manchester United…
They have never made an offer for him. It’s completely untrue. It’s sometimes surprising to hear things like that.”
Ouch Matty, should probably keep that mouth shut and pray someone looks at your record over the last two years and sees a player who can rescue their defence. Not looking good.
Another player who needs a bit of a talking to is the Ox, his dad and his agent. He’s in contract negotiations with Arsenal at the moment and he’s English so he’ll be looking for mega money. Must be tough though, because what leverage does he have? A few goals? A good league cup run of two games? A popstar girlfriend? I mean, it looks pretty embarrassing on paper. Not as embarrassing as Jurgen Klopp coming out to deny interest in you.
“Usually I don’t say anything about transfer rumours, but I can make an exception, no problem,”
“This is nonsense. From my side, there’s nothing else to say about it.”
Ziiiiiiiiiing. Like being spanked with a wet towel in a cold Sunday league changing room. Wenger said similar, saying we as a nation are facing much misinformation. Too true Arsene, too true.
Some false news Wenger wants to quash is the gumph that surrounds Ozil not being a true powerhouse of a player.
“He has improved his commitment and works harder than people think he does.”
“I still think there is a gap between his potential finishing and the way he does. In training he finishes better than the games and I’m convinced his percentage of finishing will go up in the coming months.”
I don’t think the issue is so much pound for pound workrate. We know he runs, we know he contributes positively in most games. It’s just that extra 10% you need to go above and beyond. It’s those defensive switch offs, it’s going missing, it’s not being there to finish off a game against City. It’s also the second half of the season collapse in fitness.
But let’s see. City and Everton should have seen him dropped, but then he dominated West Brom. Arsenal’s issue over the last ten years, when the pressure is off, it’s samba time, when it’s on, we roll over and die.
Finally, after talk of change coming to Arsenal, well worth reading this story on Monchi over at Sevilla. He had this to say on English clubs and data…
“Where I have doubts is how they manage the information they get,” he argues. “I mean they have the information, there’s just a short circuit in terms of the way they manage it. They have such good information databases, but they’re just not using them right.”
Would love to have someone like him or Zorc at Arsenal when we go through the revolution. Hopefully the club is considering a new model that reduces the dependency on one man and his iron fist.\
SEE YOU TOMORROW!