International breaks, what a laugh. So boring. I missed them all as I was ripping up the scene in Zurich. Sat on a table drinking girly European beer portions, my boss was cornered by a 85 year old Arsenal fan who wouldn’t leave him alone. Trying to throw me under the bus, my boss said,
‘Pete writes a blog about Arsenal’
The man leans over and says…
‘Son, what do you know about Arsenal… Alan Ball was my hero, you know his game? Doubtful. You child’
Awesome work. I thought he was going to cuff me.
Anyway, enough about me. How about the international break? Ozil earns his side and assist as Germany beat Chile 1-0… yet he’s booed by the home fans! What a nightmare this year is turning into for one of the planets most precocious talents.
… you know what though?
F*cking lift it Mesut.
You have it all there. You just have to activate it. Moping never landed anyone a Premier League title. Feeling sorry for youself isn’t the way to bring your form back to life. You’ve just got to hammer away until things come good. I know Adebayor isn’t a great example, but when he played for us, what I loved about him was his attitude (calm down, early days I mean). He’d miscontrol the ball, blast over from 6 yards, fall over his feet… but he’d be straight back up giving 100% until something dropped. Now, if you could motivate Ozil in the same way (with Ade, it was money), you’d have less of this darkness about his game. Ozil feels like the sort of person who has sailed through life being brilliant at everything. Now he’s hit a block. A real challenge… and he’s struggling to cope.
He’ll come good, but he’s got to get used to dealing with negativity. He’s not playing for a club that has 17 superstars that’ll hide is poor performances. He’s playing for a side where he’s expected to be a lead. What a dream eh? Being the man a side is built around? Crack on Mesut, make the role yours. Aaron Ramsey is another one… no time for moping, just crack on and take the chance. This is what football is all about!
So, what have we to talk about today? Well, the FA Cup lands this weekend. Arsenal take on an Everton team who have lifted their performances this season under Roberto Martinez. It’s a massive game, as for me, it presents, realistically the last chance of silverware. Earlier in the season, this would have needed a rest session to take on the Champions League game and the league.
Well things have changed now. Form has dipped. The Champions League is a training match bar some sort of miracle. So the FA Cup looks like a short term plaster to rescue the season. The manager hasn’t won it for ages, the fans haven’t seen trophies for ages, it feels like a quarter final is a very good opp to go hard at a trophy.
What will he do though? Will he rest big names to hit Bayern hard, or will he give up the ghost on Europe and switch his dual attention to the league and the FA Cup. It’d be nice if he switched to the domestic trophies. Inject some pride into the season. I mean, if he marked the seasons improvement with a trophy and 3rd or 2nd… I’d be pretty chuffed. I mean, overall, you’d have to say when factoring all the bad decisions he’s made, it’d still be a bit of a wet fish to the back of the head… but blowing it out, it’d still represent progress and it’d give us something nice to build on.
That’s it people, more tomorrow when hopefully there’s some more noise in the news!