I had a 12 second stint on Talksport last night, ironically preceded by an advert about premature ejaculation, where I chatted Arsenal with a United blogger. I mentioned the frustration around Robin and his celebration. The United fan responded that he’d been goaded with ‘that’ song. Now, the man has a point on some levels. I don’t think Robin should be reacting to anything. He’s a pro… Arsenal’s fanbase goes beyond a few idiots in the stadium.
… but whatever.
The major disappointment is that Arsenal have some of the most ‘holier than thou’ fans on the planet… and we’ve lowered ourselves to chanting at an ex-player about being a rapist. Grotty, classless and well below the standard you expect of your fellow fans. I was disgusted to hear United fans singing the Wenger song again… but what recourse do we have? We’ve dragged our reputation down to their level.
Sad to hear. If you were involved, hang your head…
Just so you know, I hate buses and all the wankers that sit on them. Eating croissant next to someone if you can’t control the flake spray is unacceptable etiquette.
Onto an exciting story!
Benzema to Arsenal!
That’s the story redoing the rounds. You know why he makes sense? Because he’s damn good. He also makes sense because he has different skills to Giroud. He’ll probably cost less than half of what Suarez would… You know what racist premium is like… and he’s missing the trust of the manager, the board and the fans.
… a bit like picking up a cat from a shelter. You know that bugger is going to be forever indebted.
He’s prolific, he has mad pace and he’s selfless in an even more extreme way than Giroud. He’s also not so good he’ll render Giroud redundant and despondent. I’m not saying I wouldn’t take a striker like that. I’m just saying, it’s unlikely we’ll pull off a Suarez. Like I said at the start of the year, Liverpool might have a manager who acts a tool in public, but he’s building something up there. With Suarez, they’re top 4 contenders. He won’t be leaving anytime soon.
Our next game is Southampton. They’re an interesting club for many reasons. The main one for me is that the position they find themselves in isn’t a fluke. It’s a biproduct of building an infrastructure and investing in it. They have a style they want to play, they have a structure that can’t be rocked by incoming managers bringing in their friends and they have an amazing youth system that churns out the kid wonders… not to mention a pretty sharp scouting network that’s built around how the game is now… rather than how it was ten years ago. They’re reaping the rewards in the same way Swansea have been. Now, that’s not to say they’ll be pushing for fourth this year, but currently, by out thinking clubs with old school mentality, they’re a scary, scary prospect.
Expect Arsenal to take that route when Arsene Wenger leaves. It’s unlikely we’ll be letting the new manager bring in a Capello like backroom team. There will be more central control of who is employed and there will be a shake up of everything we do.
‘Is this best practice?’
If it’s not, there will be changes. It’s not even like we don’t have a lot of the capabilities. It’s just they’re not used to their fullest potential. Arsene Wenger is probably one of the few managers who can get away with that. Sadly, as I’ve said before, at the highest level, when the players are roughly of the same standard, we get found out.
I read an article by Greame Souness at the weekend. Really interesting opening lines.
‘It’s about top players over tactics’
Facepalm. This is the problem with punditry. The explayers educating the UK market don’t have a clue how the modern game runs, so they make brash statements like that. Football is a science now. You’re looking after finely tuned machines these days. You wouldn’t make it if you were Tony Adams. You can’t play pissed and blend in these days. A tactical vom at half time won’t pull you through the second half against Wayne Rooney. Top players are important, but so is a system and how you play. Look at QPR and the ‘top players’ they bought. How did that work out?
Onto players leaving. Vermaelen has said he won’t be leaving in January. He’d have to be totally nuts to do so. Firstly, a big round applause from me, he had a very solid game. Thomas is a good player who suffered a horrible injury that was badly managed by the club. He came back into some dreadful form and he’s suffered the ultimate indignity of being benched whilst being captain. He’ll know that you need a squad to take on three trophies. He’ll believe in his own ability and he’ll be fit and ready to step in when the inevitable injury happens to one of our two centre backs who have played nearly every game.
Be patient Thomas… it has come good for a benched Rosicky 2 seasons running.
Right, I think that’s my daily moan done. Have a great day!