That interview summed up a lot of what’s wrong with Arsenal

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Good morning campers.

Apologies for missing the post yesterday, sometimes work tings get in the way.

Arsenal vs Spurs?

Well, I don’t really know where to go with that game.

An NLD Draw isn’t the worst

I think we’ve seen plenty of games over the years when we’re the dominant force and we’ve been turned over. In games like the one on Sunday, anything can happen, so form and how good the opposition is, isn’t usually that important.

Tired Legs

Kind of felt like the Spurs side looked the fitter of the two. We did play away on the Wednesday and we have pretty much zero opportunity to rotate, but it was disappointing to see that we’re looking pretty ruined at this stage of the season.


I said at the start of the season, when you have a Giroud and a Theo in your starting line up, you’ll get goals, no doubt. But the difference between winning the league and going close is dropping 2 points against a Spurs side you should have buried. No striker at a club like Arsenal should be knocking free headers over from close distance. The worst thing is you accept it, because you know Giroud isn’t at the level we need. It ain’t his fault


Oh my, that bench is looking pretty turgid at the moment. When you’re chasing a game with Gibbs, Flamandowski and Arteta, you know there are problems. Sure Gibbs pulled it out the bag for us, but really, that wasn’t a great moment seeing him warming up. This is where the manager isn’t ruthless enough. Gibbs, Flamini and Arteta probably shouldn’t be at the club if you were aggressive about filling the side with quality.

The squad is the squad for me, you can’t fart about and complain that it’s bad luck weak players like Joel Campbell are starting. You should have brilliant players ready to come in. If they’re not brilliant, why are they there? This is even more important when you’re Arsenal… because you know, with certainty, you’ll be using all the squad at some point.

Also, well worth taking a read of Wenger’s L’Quipe interview. There’s a lot of, ‘oh bloody hell, you’ve got to love the man’… but for me, I read that interview and it felt like it summarised half the challenges we have with him. The philosophical stuff is no doubt very interesting and it’s a pleasure to have a manager in charge that thinks at such a deep level.

… but his view on winning isn’t great. It’s excuses. It’s excuses deep-rooted in a philosophy passed down from his father… there’s a quote about his dad not understanding the point of the 100m sprint, because the margins are so slim. Everyone is a winner if the time gap is 0.1 seconds type of thing.

When you’re saying in an interview that Arsenal fans would love 4th place if the club finished 15th two seasons in a row… well, I kind of feel you’ve forgotten what it means to run a football club. We exist for trophies, not just being in the mix. You can’t complain about big spenders when you have the capability of being a big spender. You can’t blame money for the lack of success when you’re on record as saying money isn’t always the solution.

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe football is just about having a good time and that merely competing should be enough. I just don’t like that vibe. It’s submissive. It’s anti sport.

I wish he had a bit more Ferguson in him. All feels a little too indulgent. The words of a man who is invincible.

Anyway, that’s me done. Have a blinding day! x

Can we rise to the occasion? #Arsenal

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First time I’ve not watched it in London ever I think? Crazy eh?

Still, it should be good. The weather is beautiful and I’m sending positive mind bullets across the sea.

I don’t know what’s going on here… but I feel really f*cking casual about this. Too casual.

I think it might be because there’s been so little noise about Spurs this season, I’ve forgotten they exist. The focus on London has been the ascension of West Ham and the hilarious demise of Chelsea. I’ve not had time to check out what our noisy neighbours have been up to.

Anyway, today has a lot riding on it.

City are drawing as we speak to City

Chelsea are actually relegation fodder. We could go, what, 17 points clear of them?

We can go 8 clear of Spurs

I mean, this is could be a bloody great day. It’s one of those days that can define a season. It’s one of those days that we sometimes don’t show up.

We need to see an intense performance out there. We need to have our working hats on. We need to be ruthless in everything we do.

Can we rise to the challenge? Well, we need to after what happened in the week. In some ways, this is the perfect antidote. A perfect moment to show the world that Bayern was a blip, not a symptomatic behaviour of a weak team.

Today, we find out a lot.


Cech is the greatest | Spurs the youngest and hardest working, apparently

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Bit of a late one for you today because that’s how life rolls. Ok?

Yeah. Ok indeed.

Anyway, something that’s surprising about New York is the soccer supporting that goes on. No joke, there’s a massive West Ham contingent out here. We were in a bar last week… and the main game on the screen was West Ham. It was properly aggressive as well. I thought this guy was going to punch a beer glass at one point, just because that’s what West Ham fans do. I also saw a guy with a Gunners cannon tattooed on his neck. Hardcore.


Look at The Guardian pulling out all the stops… they know sex sells.

‘The face has aged but the hair is still jet black and generous, while above perfectly kept stubble remains those recognisably dark eyes. Dressed in a black jacket, white shirt and jeans, the 42-year-old also appears as slim as he was at his peak. It is like Pires has never been away which, to an extent, he hasn’t.’

It’s like the football edition of 50 Shades. Go on Bobby, tell us about how you like spanking Spurs?

“I scored eight goals in 12 games against Spurs,”

Jeez Bobby, that’s good

“And I know the Spurs fans hate me,”

“I know this and it is a good sensation.”


Too much for me at this time in the morning. He’s a legend. It doesn’t appear he’s coaching the players. He just trains and gives advice. I quite like the family vibe around the club. You feel like there’s a bit of that DNA going on there, that’s good for people to see… heritage sells. When Wenger goes, I really hope we keep some of that vibe about the place. In the same way Barcelona and Madrid do.

Anyway, a major game tomorrow.

I watched the press conference. Wenger seems to be in a very calm mood ahead of the game. We have no Bellerin on Sunday, but we’ll have Kos back in the side, which will be a major relief.

I think the one thing that irks me a bit about  the press conferences is Wenger’s casual acceptance around what happened against Bayern. I don’t expect him to come out swinging, but his analysis is always so bland.

Kind of felt like.. ‘hmpffff… whadya gonna do?’… type thing. I wish he’d give us a bit more. Was it fitness, was it player mindset? Were there ramifications? What are we going to do to prevent that happening again? He kind of said he watched the game back and he didn’t see too much wrong?

Talking to the press is talking to the public and the players. I don’t feel that sort of summing up strikes fear into anyone.

Hey, just me maybe. But the casual response kind of feels like the casual response we get on the pitch every now and then. I wish he was a little bit more intense sometimes.

Anyway, should be a fun game tomorrow. Spurs are quietly going about their business (5 points behind us). Pochettino is building a squad that wants to play his way. That’s hard pressing, fast football. He has the youngest squad in the league… and also the hardest working. So tomorrow, after that dismal Bayern showing, should be a very tough game.

The manager will want to make a mark on the London Derby. He’ll want to push his players into the limelight because at the moment, no one is  really taking them seriously.

Arsenal will want to keep the winning streak going. 5 wins on the bounce. Tomorrow would be a fine way to shut the critics up (hi there) and it’d be a great way to head into the international break… when, incidentally, I am travelling back for a wedding… of an Arsenal fan. Who put the wedding on an international break. Like a proper fan would do. Bravo that man. Don’t let your wedding be dominated by anything other than the football fixtures and great beer.

Wenger rounded on Petr Cech and his quality. He has the equal record for clean sheets in the Premier League (169)… that feat slightly tarnished when you read that he’s equalled with David James of all people! Wenger said…

“I believe that there is no coincidence,”

“What is repeated is not coincidence, it is just class. As well, not only class but dedication and consistency of quality.

“Knowing him well now after a few months, I’m not surprised by this kind of achievement because he is absolutely dedicated to his job, he analyses absolutely everything and is gifted as well.

“He is a super talent. He is certainly one of the greatest goalkeepers we have ever seen here in this country.

I agree. I love him. I can’t tell you that enough. I read Chezzer speaking in Italy on the subject.

‘I’m not stupid – if you buy one of the world’s best goalkeepers it’s not to keep him on the bench,’

‘I actually wanted to stay and challenge him for the spot but after a conversation with Wenger it was obvious that I should be looking for new opportunities.’

When asked whether Wenger should have signed Cech, he responded.

‘Are you joking? For that little money? Of course he had to!’

‘If someone offered him Cristiano Ronaldo for a good price, he would have to buy him. The manager has to think about the club and its fortune.’

‘Why would Wenger not do it? Because Wojciech Szczesny, who grew up at the club, is here? Be serious here – Wenger has to consider the overall good of the club first.’

He needed to go. I think half the problem was complacency. His behaviour off the pitch was pretty embarrassing as well. Hopefully Roma will teach him a thing or two. Someone tweeted me this quote from Marcotti on our ex#1.

‘Inter’s goal came thanks to a long-range effort from Gary Medel which saw Wojciech Sczcesny move marginally quicker than a jug of maple syrup.’

I remember those days.

Anyway, enough words and quotes. I’ll be back in the AM!