I’ve got a theme tune for today… no idea who sings it… but, ‘back to life, back to reality’… is kind of it.
You get me? Really irritating song, and it’ll be in your head all day now. My gift, to you.
Anyway, the reality of our day is that we’re playing Sunderland. Like the porn star who’s gone from being booked with the beautiful woman… to making up his pay with a trip down to the farm. No one needs a Sunderland game in their life, but we have to soak it up and deal with what’s about to happen.
Simply put, the only player I’ve any real knowledge of is Don Vito… pretty much one of the least capable keepers I’ve seen in an Arsenal shirt. Very good on occassions, but an utter classic when it comes to dropping clangers. Hopefully, the boys will remember him from training… but here are a few things he doesn’t do very well.
1. Crosses. He really is a flapper. My tip for today? Cross it, don’t challenge him, see what happens.
2. Shots. He’s good at shot stopping, his weakness was palming them to opposition players.
3. Decision making. He’s a big lad, but he’s a bit like a horse in a field. Just run at him and he’ll do something unexpected. Play on those jittery nerves!
Anyway, we should test him today. Hopefully he doesn’t come and have one of those absolute classic performances a lot of keepers at struggling clubs tend to against us.
I was reading around Twitter yesterday about Ozil. Amazing how many people just don’t get it with him. I’ve seen stuff like, ‘Arsene has to play Ozil today to show he has belief in him’… amazing misunderstanding of the situation. He needs to do the opposite. You don’t need an Ozil in a game like today. You just need good quality players in the side. Play Santi in the middle, bring Thomas back into the mix, give Lukas 60minutes and let Arteta anchor the midfield. Up top, he’ll have to go for Giroud, who will be slightly fresher than he has been… maybe a bit charged because the Arsenal fans have been hailing Sanogo as the second coming of Bergkamp… and at the back, let’s give Carl a go.
Today, if we play a fresh team, we’ll destroy Sunderland. If we play the same team from midweek, I fear it’ll be painful viewing. Sunderland under Poyet can play a bit. They’re capable of pulling a result, but they shouldn’t be against us. It’ll be about how we cope with the post Bayern blues. I’m hoping, that mentally, the team knew what was coming midweek, I’m just concerned about how much extra stress you take on when you’re chasing shadows with 10 men against the best club side in the world.
In other news, Dennis Bergkamp has a statue going up. I find it all a bit weird if I’m honest. I’d prefer to be honouring dead people. I get why the club do it, I’m not sure I really see the value. I’d prefer it if they invested in the outside of the stadium to make it more of a carnival pre and post game. After the Spurs game, the fans were all going crazy near the statues, but there was nothing to sustain the fun post game. I think that’s the big opportunity for the club to work around Delaware and bring people into the ground earlier.
When I worked with Saracens, they had a pie and a pint for under a fiver… the pies were organic buffalo high quality, the beer was good and cheap… and they sold out of them for the games I was there. Their focus was on having the best match day experience, and honestly, bar it being a rugby game, their focus on the fan experience really showed. It was like being at a festival before the game. Arsenal are missing a trick.
Righto, that’s your lot today. I’m going to work. Yeah, work on a Saturday… have fun!