Ok, so the delay I was talking about last time we spoke looks like a damn cake walk compared to the one I’m looking at right now.
Yeah, that’s right people, 20 f*cking hours.
You got that? It’s going to take me 20 hours to get back home. It’s outrageous. Opodo. I don’t even know what they are, but know this… they’re a f*cking sh*t show. Don’t book tickets with them.
Ok, onto football news.
Many exciting times eh?
KIM KALLSTROM MIGHT BE FIT.
The caps indicate excitement. He could make the bench this weekend for the Spurs game. I mean, when I look at the problems we’re dealing with at the moment, I think… what do we really need? Then it hits me. Some Kim Kallstrom.
Guys and gals, I think it’s going to be alright.
Ok, so outside him, Wenger told the press Aaron Ramsey won’t be about for the game this weekend. He’s been having ‘issues’ with his rehab. I was told by someone who knows him that this issue isn’t serious and it’s precautionary. Arsene clearly opting for caution this time, which is good to hear.
Did I tell you Kim Kallstrom is back? Great news I think. Could really do with a sprinkling of his talent.
Also, sorry to jump all over the place, but the trend for American women wearing hot pants to the airport is both exceptional and off putting.
Back to the post. Aaron is out. Ozil is out. Jack is out. That’s a pretty bleak situation. The Spurs game with a fit squad would look like a relatively easy game, with out problems, it could end up being closer than we’d hope. I’m very excited about the game, I just worry that it’s a similar situation to where we’ve been with Spurs before, except reversed. We really don’t want to be giving them any sort of final stretch of the season confidence.
In other news, pertinent to my interests… Arsene Wenger has launched an investigation into our injury pile up.
“I am concerned that it happens. If you look at our overall injury list going into such a decisive part of the season, we have no Wilshere, Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey. We went to Bayern with no Gibbs or [Nacho] Monreal. Of course it is a concern, we are analysing very deeply why it happened to see if there is a link between these injuries.
“For some, for example Walcott, it is completely bad luck. Wilshere, I don’t think it is linked with the other injuries, it is linked more with his history and the kick he got. The rest maybe we have to find out why it happened. We will analyse everything.
“Our worry at the moment is Ramsey takes longer than expected. He had a first setback and now it’s slower. It was the plan for him to join in yesterday but he still has recurrent pains in his thigh and, of course, he’s now a little bit apprehensive because of the setback he had. We have to be very cautious with him, when will he be back? I believe it’s two more weeks now.
“[On Ozil], when the minimum is three weeks, the maximum is six. Honestly I am not specialist enough to know. It’s a grade two hamstring, let’s say four weeks.”
About time eh? I think it’s interesting that this has happened. I wonder whether this has been prompted by the negative press that’s occurred around his approach? I’m wondering this… am I responsible single handedly for investigation? Has my constant moaning paid off? Does Ivan thing, jeez, if that mug can see it, then we have to act. I believe so.
JUST JOKES (not jokes, I’m that deluded and tired)
Great news whatever the reason. But it does show that all the stuff I’ve been writing about isn’t nonsense. It’s based on sound basics. Wenger needs to change his approach to fitness. He needs to update tired methodology. He needs to bring in new people who can help elevate the club to new levels. Dortmund had fantastic players, but one of the most important cogs in the rise to prominence a few years ago was their approach to fitness. They took the Barca pressing game to an even more intense level. That isn’t just about hungry players, that’s a whole new back room approach. United, with that bang average squad won the league last year. Why? A incredible approach to fitness. Fresher, fitter players who recovered quicker than everyone else.
Bake a great approach to fitness into this current squad, layered with the purchase of powerful pacey players… we’re competing for the league. We’re challenging Bayern in games like Tuesday. We’re ultimately a much bigger threat.
That’s me done for the day, see you on the other side.
P.S. I loved St Louis. What great people. They’re so apologetic about crap American beer. The craft beer culture is so interesting. They’re obsessed!