Oh my, what’s that? The two Manchester teams, flunking out against teams they really should be beating? Yeah it is. Amusing. I’d gloat more, but we haven’t dealt with the stern challenge of Dortmund yet.
It’s nice to know that Manchester City aren’t the footballing gods many have painted them out to be. Like all clubs, they’ve still got to adjust to European football and it’s good to know that if you take the game to City, they can falter. Hopefully the rest of the Premiership was watching that and we won’t see quite so many pant dropping sessions through December. United continue to slog through without impressing. It’s all looking good, providing we can win this evening.
Cavani looks a bit special doesn’t he? If we do end up selling Robin, I’d be keen to fire any of the proceeds straight back on that man.
Diaby returning to the set up was the biggest shock of yesterday. I’d almost forgotten the Frenchman. I can’t even remember if he’s any good? I think he is. Sometimes. I said in the comments yesterday, I’d be excited about his return if I knew he’d string more than 4 games together. I stuck up for him quite a bit last season. We know that somewhere there’s a good players lurking, I’m just not sure he’s attitude is up to the challenge of top class football. I’d love to be proved wrong. Maybe Arteta can set him an example like he has a number of the others?
Wenger is staying until the end of his contract, unless he cocks everything up, or he’s sacked, or he gets ill, or someone spills soy sauce on his white suede dancing shoes and he throws the mother of all hissy fits.
“My contract is a long time in football and as long as I can walk properly and be healthy I want to do the job I love.
“But I am not the master of that.”
He may not be the master of his futures, but he is the master of his transfer budget and one place he won’t be purchasing in January is Dortmund. No Götze for us. Jurgen Kloop was also pretty negative about our chances,
‘Nothing can happen in January. It’s not a problem.’
Poor old Gazidis will be wasting his finest Riesling on the Germans if he’s thinking of using tomorrow’s meet to thrash out a deal. He also put our January transfer dreams in the fridge with this comment…
‘We have a big squad and we are not after anybody. Götze is a very good player. I can understand there is a lot of interest in him around Europe.
‘On our side, I do not think this is the best time to talk about it. We play against Dortmund tomorrow and we must concentrate on the game, not transfers.’
Well, there you have it. Saving an injury crisis, this is probably the squad we’ll roll with until the end of the season. I think that’s a big mistake if that’s the case. I called it a few weeks ago. Unlike other manager’s, Wenger sees form as a having a great squad, he doesn’t see it as having a good 1st team 11 that is an injury away from a serious impotency issue. I guess this issue is for thrashing out another day.
On the game, he went on…
“Every player and every member of staff is conscious that it is a big night for us. It’s a very important one.
“It’s another big test for our solidity and we will go into the game with that attitude, concentration and desire to win the game. We think we can do it.”
Very true. It’ll be a massive confidence boost for us and hopefully it’ll help us continue our great domestic form. Wenger wanted to talk about that as well…
‘Mathematically you have seven teams who can win the title. You can rule nobody out.’
“We don’t prioritise, at the moment the priority is the League and the Champions League – they are the two priorities. We go for every competition and after we choose when we have to. You only make a choice when you have nothing left.”
“He will not be available before the end of January.”
Jack Wilshere has also been in the news after placing a bet with Spurs fans that we’ll finish above them. If we don’t, he’ll pay out £3k to a Charity. I hope it’s not the, ‘Help us find a new Stadium’ fund set up by Daniel Levy.
Chezzer has been talking with the main site as well, the jist of what he was saying is that the defence trust him, his Dortmund friends haven’t been ribbing him with quite the verve they were before the first match up and he’s happy with how he’s playing but thinks there is still much more to come.
“I speak to the coaches and we analyse every little mistake and it’s all to make me improve. There is a lot of room for improvement, I believe. I listen to the coaches’ advice and hopefully I will learn.
“I am just focusing on doing my job properly and if my manager and team-mates appreciate it then I am happy.”
Good to hear that a player many thought egotistical after his first season has been well and truly grounded. It’s to be expected, but it’s nice to hear young players talking in a humble way.
You can’t help but think there is some sort of major PR push on the Polish keeper, this morning, Wenger said,
‘Wojciech is a quiet boy usually, you know. But he has something that is difficult to explain. Some keepers have that, some do not. That’s what you call presence, charisma, confidence. It must be a mixture of all that.’
The article was all about how honest Chezzer is. I’m not sure his girlfriend would agree… badum tschhh!
Just kidding. He’s more honest than Pinocchio in the sequel.
Tonight, I’m not sure how we’ll line up, but I’d imagine it’ll be a little like this.
Kozzer Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Arteta Song Ramsey
Gervinho Robin Theo
I think we need to play with patience this evening. They’ve got bundles of pace and they’re very sharp technically. We need absolute discipline at the back and we need to take our chances when they come. In the first game with Dortmund, we were far too open in midfield and we let them attack our full backs with too much ease. Hopefully our front three can continue their good form and hopefully we can defend with solidity and land ourselves a confidence boosting clean sheet.
It’s freezing in London, so wrap up warm if you’re heading down tonight!
Right, that’s all I have for you! See you in the comments!