What an interesting weekend of football we’ve had so far. Key takeaway?
No one gives a rats backside about defending.
Well, not totally true. City kept it fairly tight against a battered Brighton and Spurs also kept a clean sheet. But my oh my, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea were shambolic!
Chelsea look to have dragged themselves into a pool of their own mess. Antonio Conte has gone full Mourinho, acting like a total child because he wanted nicer toys this summer, and it looks like the complaining has impacted his squad who looked utterly lost.
Sabotaging your opening fixture to make a statement really is poor form, he looks like one of the favourites to be gone unceremoniously by Christmas. That’d make it three title winning managers in a row sacked the season after. Incredible… Arsene will still be sitting there sniggering post nuclear apocalypse.
Arsene will still be sitting there sniggering post nuclear apocalypse. Man is indestructible.
Liverpool have had a terrible summer, missing out on targets, struggling to make an impact on Chamberlain who has one year left on his deal. Jurgen Klopp has a wonderful smile, but he has no idea how to organise a defensive unit, and he’s still chugging away at Simon Mignolet who cost them the game with a bit of a howler in the 93rd minute. He even had the temerity to say he has the best 4 centre halves in the league. LOL.
I have no idea how both Chelsea and Liverpool are going to cope with the Champions League this year. I mean, I’d be surprised if Liverpool made it past Hoffenheim. Speaking of the Germans, it might be worth keeping an eye on Julian Nagelsmann. The 30 year old coach is a bit of star in the making, his game built off incredible defending. Will there be an aha moment in the Premier League when someone decides having a rock solid backline might be the difference?
In other news, news that could only happen to an Arsenal player. Alexis Bantchez has been busted bombing over to Paris, first by rapper Lethal Bizzle who caught him at Luton Airport, secondly by a tweet the divulged location he was in as Paris. So many errors.
What does this mean? Well, he might like the taste of fresh croissants? He might be about Showcase? OR, he might be in talks with Paris St G to join their star studded line-up.
Now, look, if he’s over there trying to push for a move. F*ck him. Just sell him. However, if PSG want to deal with Arsenal, we should be going for new players, not just taking the cash. Give us Di Maria, Matuidi, and Rabiot. THEN SOME MONEY. We need to come out of any deal looking like we’re stronger. Let’s not play this stupid f*cking game where we run the negotiations down to the wire then drop the bombshell on the fans before the club can do anything about. I refuse to believe Stan is going to leave £80m on the table. It’s dim and self destructive if the manager was taking a long term view of the club.
Part of me wonders if we might have a season like we did post Thierry in 2008. When The King left, players like Adebayor came to life, freed from the death glare of a player who really didn’t want to be there. I might be high because I’m sitting in a cupboad I just painted, but I really feel we might be stronger without Alexis given the context of him being a shit behind the scenes.
What use is a player who doesn’t want to be there? Especially one who doesn’t seem too sharp? Could be a rallying cry. But look, the only way a rallying cry like this works is if you replace him with new bodies. There needs to be a confidence injections, because losing a big name hurts…
So, what do you think? I’m off to watch Mourinho…