Welcome to Tuesday. A quick blast of a preview, because that’s how I’m rolling today.
Team news is that Sanchez DID NOT have a bust up with the players, which means Wenger is either covering up for his star man, or the circle of access picked up some duff news from an agent trying to stir things at the club.
Anyway, looks like poor little Ozil is bottling another big game. Our little champ – the guy so many fans told us you needed a degree in football wankery to understand – is still sick after a lovely holiday in Istanbul and a little too much PASHUN hawking his no doubt average book to the press.
Tell me this people, why the f*ck to footballers sell books when they earn £140k pw, midway through their careers?
‘Barry, there’s a really sweet pair of sneakers I’d like to buy, but the only way I can fund it without going into my overdraft is to write a book. Let’s do it’
Why not wait until it’s over then spill the beans. I’ll take a Pep G or a Carlo A book because there’s a whole bunch of stuff I can learn. But reading an Ozil book when he’s 28 years old? It’s embarrassing.
‘This one time, away from home, I stuck a boot in my…’
Anyway, our precious little petal is dropping out of another game, let’s just pray to god he’s good for the Lincoln game.
Arsenal stage managed an Alexis / Arsene handshake at training. Wenger said that sometimes his star man takes things too far on the commitment front. Interestingly, my favourite interview answer to the question – explain your weak points – is always that I just care too hard.
Big Per Mertesacker, a man I can tell you for a fact knows the deal with Arsene Wenger, had this to say on the most pointless game since Rory Mcilroy tried to beat Donald Trump at golf.
“I want that we are up for a fight on Tuesday, to challenge something,”
“We haven’t competed a lot in recent games, we need to turn that around.
“I think it’s up to us to show a different face. That is really something we are going to demand because we literally blew it away in the second half there and being in that position.”
The big f*cking German knows the deal. He wants the players to put on a show. It’s a little bit too late whatever happens, but look, a spanking really will be miserable.
It was quite funny watching him snigger like a naughty school boy when someone from the press wasted a question by asking – ‘what do the players think of Wenger staying on’ – Wenger took over the mic and said ‘THEY DON’T DECIDE YOU CRETINOUS PAPER PUSHERS’
Just kidding, he said this:
‘It’s not down to the players to choose a manager. The players have to perform and the board chooses a manager. If I ask you if everyone in your company is behind you, I will promise you I will find someone who is not happy. It’s your bosses who choose.’
Ahhh Arsene, don’t kid yourself. The players don’t directly choose the manager, but they choose when they’re bored. At almost any club in the world, if the board were watching a manager like you fail to motivate a £200m a year team, that’s had a top 3 net cash injection over the last 5 year fail, well, let’s be real… you’d be retired off to China.
Is this game important this evening? Not really. However, it’s kind of a big deal for Wenger. There’s a protest with the supporters that haven’t flogged their tickets and the eyes of Europe will be watching like a Roman Emperor watches a one armed Gladiator battle 10 men and a lion. If Wenger loses by 4 and we drop out of the competition by a massive margin, it’s a hammer blow to his credentials with a team that are already done for him and it’s terrible for the PR machine supporting his pathetic attempt at staying on.
Wenger can keep asking us to judge him over 20 years, but the reality is the last 10 have been bland, the last 5 have been embarrassing and the last 2 have been unforgivable.
There is no industry that would be giving him more time at the moment… if you’re a footballing person, he’s let you down. If you’re a business person, over his watch, you’ve watched United blitz you because – and here’s the reality – Arsene Wenger is bad business. Not good. If you think finishing 4th helps you close the great commercial deal, you’re an idiot. There’s £100m we’ve left on the table. We are not doing well for anything more than existing in top 4 mediocrity. Only small clubs would swap for our position. We did not give up Highbury because we dreamt of being ok for money. That’s a pathetic viewpoint that needs to be extinguished.
Let’s see how it goes, but Bayern are bringing a full squad and Carlo will want to finish the job.
Pray for Arsene if you’re a masochist.