Pretty hard sitting through any sort of news today because of all the totally sh*t publisher bantz that went off yesterday. The joke of it is there’s no humour in publications that make their money talking lies, publishing purposeful lies for a joke.
The joke would have been an outrageous story that was actually true.
So basically I have very little chat today. One of the totally hilarious articles was about a stadium share with Spurs. Now, I know people would spit their cornflakes out at that, but if Arsenal charged £30m a season for the privilege, would you have it? Wouldn’t that be hilarious? Oh thanks Spurs, we just bought Draxler with your fans money!
What a laugh we’d have there! I mean, jokes aside. From a practical sense, building your own stadium these days is a massive risk. It’s also a waste if you can share. I mean, really, I’m talking about that Olympic Stadium. That should be going to Spurs and West Ham. After all, it’s a tax gift. Shouldn’t the tax payer be getting double the fee?
Wow, The Express inspired two paragraphs from me!
In other news, I’m a bit in fear of the end of the season, but then I remembered it’s WORLD CUP!
You know what that means for Arsenal? An amazing double excuse not sign players. They’re always too busy to sign because everyone is on holiday for the first two weeks of the window. Then the World Cup starts and players don’t talk. Then you get the World Cup premium after. I can see it already. Sad times. At least there will be plenty of sport to gorge on! Despite the mess the tournament has thrown up in the build-up. Puts Arsenal’s project planners on a decent pedestal eh!? I do find it shocking how many people have died on building sites in Brazil. I mean, slag off our health and safety, but you don’t often hear of builders in this country dying on site.
Anyway, enough of my xenophobic views on health and safety. What else is going on?
Well, I was having a look at Chambo and thinking about that game he played against Spurs where he was totally useless. I was pondering it. Pondering hard.
Why was he so bad against Chelsea?
He hadn’t been bad before that? Then I looked at the games he’d played. Remember, he’d been out with a really serious injury. He’s going back into a side that is depleted, and he’s been played a lot. Theo Walcott had been eased in, then he played 5 games in 16 games. Then BOOM, he pings something.
So I spoke to an NHS physio who works part time in rugby, he shot me in the direction of something called central nervous system fatigue. I’m not going to lie, it’s above my pay scale, but the jist seems to be that when you chronically fatigue a body, it starts reducing messages to the muscles, making them slightly less reactive to things going on around them (Theo’s body couldn’t deal with the jolt in the ground).
What? That was a poor explanation? Digest this then… bear with it as well… I know it’s a Wiki, but I’m a topline kind of guy and if you want a deeper understanding, jump on a course:
‘Central nervous system fatigue is a key component in preventing peripheral muscle injury. Through a deeper understanding of this fatigue, we can elicit greater knowledge on how the brain manages the body and to what extent it does so. The brain has numerous receptors, such asosmoreceptors, to track dehydration, nutrition, and body temperature. With that information as well as peripheral muscle fatigue information, the brain can reduce the quantity of motor commands sent from the central nervous system. This is crucial in order to protect the homeostasis of the body and to keep it in a proper physiological state capable of full recovery. The reduction of motor commands sent from the brain increases the amount of perceived effort an individual experiences. By forcing the body through a higher perceived intensity, the individual becomes more likely to cease exercise by means of exhaustion. Perceived effort is greatly influenced by the intensity of corollary discharge from the motor cortex that affects the primary somatosensory cortex. Endurance athletes learn to listen to their body. Protecting organs from potentially dangerous core temperatures and nutritional lows is an important brain function. Central nervous system fatigue alerts the athlete when physiological conditions are not optimal so either rest or refueling can occur. It is important to avoid hyperthermia and dehydration, as they are detrimental to athletic performance and can be fatal’
Now, looking at Chambo, he’s been out a long time. He plays a high intensity game against Everton in the cup, he has a good game. 3 days later, he plays a very good game against the most intense side in the world (Bayern away from home). Remember, players come back late on the plane, they probably don’t sleep well, then Arsene trains them hard a day or two later. This time he gets 4 days between games (but remember, Arsene rarely gives them rest time like other clubs, he believes in hard training and it’s a backpage story if our boys get a day off), we play Spurs and his game drops. The whole teams game drops and we barely deserve the win. Then 6 days later he’s played AGAIN against Chelsea in the centre of midfield, he has a complete shocker, he’s all over the place and he’s yanked at half time.
I know what you’re thinking. Was his primary somatosensory cortex affected by the previous 16 days’ worth of brutalisation? Possibly. I can’t tell. But read around on this stuff, then look at what we do.
THEN GET FURIOUS WHEN STAN SAYS YEARS WORTH OF INJURIES ARE BAD LUCK.
You don’t need access to the data to see that our players aren’t looked after like Liverpool’s or Chelsea’s. When was the last time we played at an intense pace or speed? I guess the big test will be this weekend. We’re playing a Martinez side that has pace and power all over the park as well as being on a good run. They’re pretty damn good at Goodison Park. A draw would be a good result for us. But do watch the pace they come at us. Martinez will have them rested this week. He’ll have them charged and ready to smash into us in the first 35minutes. They’ll press our midfield hard and they’ll be going all out for the win. They have to win if they want top 4. After Everton, we’re playing teams on their holidays that lack quality. It’s a massive, massive game.
We blame inexperience. Sure, that’s part of it. But surely the big issue is brutalising a teenager for two weeks and not giving him adequate rest? Clearly, unless he’s a robot, he was dying on his backside.