My lord the media are going into full blown meltdown, visibly hard at the fact Alexis Sanchez was NOT happy about losing points against Bournemouth. This reads like a total non-story to me.
‘He was visibly angry’
‘He sulked in the changing rooms’
‘Team mates worry he was unhappy’
Come on, Alexis is a f*cking winner out and out. Of course he’s going to be unhappy dropping points in a title race we were precariously hanging in for. He knows the deal, just like we do, we’re not equipped for the fight… just he has to put on his kit and actually live it. Reminiscent of Thierry playing with Adebayor in the first year at The Emirates.
If you want to keep winners at your club, the best glue is surrounding great players with great players with a great manager who knows what he’s doing.
Same issue happened during the Chelsea game last night. Pedro and Diego Costa had a mini bust up on the pitch, at least neither of them melted like Ramsey has both times has been chastised in public by Sanchez. Sport isn’t rational, it’s brutal and only the fittest survive. This isn’t a safe space society built on socialism or ‘trophies for taking part’ but sadly, that’s the system Wenger has built at Arsenal.
Giroud has been very important to us of late, but I tend to agree with the critique of the celebration. Nothing summed up Sanchez more than dropping a diving header, grabbing the ball and running back to the half-way line to seek out more goals. Nothing summed up Giroud more than peeling away with a preplanned celebration in the 93rd minute wasting valuable seconds. No urgency. Where does that come from? The manager. If Giroud had done that under Mourinho he’d be training with the kids.
Football is a marginal gains game. If you’re an aggressive enough to root out every opportunity going, you’ll never be Champions. Wenger teams don’t have nasty in them. Players like Sanchez are a Wenger anomaly over the last ten years, too many middle-class sweet-hearts clogging up our winner arteries.
Good and bad news last night, Spurs took down the leaders Chelsea by bossing a 2-0 win. That’ll be interesting for Conte, how does his team adapt now? What does that do for their confidence? Do they break, or do they roll up their sleeves, enjoy their 10 day break and crack on as per usual?
The worrying thing about the Spurs win is they’ve played most of their tough away games, all they have really is Liverpool at Anfield. The season is stacked in their favour. What they don’t have going for them is a big squad. That was the issue last season and it’ll probably be their undoing this year, especially if they hit up a good run in the Europa.
Interesting news is that Arsenal are now down to a midfield pairing of Aaron Ramsey and Xhaka. I mean, we’ve been asking for it, well I have. Now I’m a bit worried. It’ll either be mustard, or it’ll be the worst thing that ever happened and the world will collapse. Coquelin is out for 3-4weeks. Just enough time to ‘maybe’ come back fresh for the Bayern away game. To little time to make a double pivot for Chelsea away. Annoying.
But, we’ll see. Aaron Ramsey needs to find some bite, confidence and product pretty sharpish. He also needs to stay fit. He won’t get a better chance to impress and if he doesn’t, you’d have to fear for his future at Arsenal, because he really doesn’t look happy nor does he look suited to Arsenal.
Right, that’s all you’re getting! Have a great day, see you on the other side.