So get this. We drink at the local pub round the corner from work. I won’t lie to you, I can easily nail 9 pints and be fine the next day. Nine pints of Becks.
Last night, I went to this other pub with strong craft beer. I had about 4 pints and this morning, I can barely breath. Seriously, Becks Vier is like, the biggest fraud ever. I am now a fraud. And I hate myself.
Right, I’ve dished out a lot hard talk this week. It’s been emotional, but today, I’m going to calm it all down and focus on other things.
Firstly, let’s refer back to yesterdays post. Some people came at my list of managers stating there weren’t any hardened winners in that list. Well, there aren’t many managers that are full on winners. Maybe 3-4 on the planet? Why? Because there are only 3-4 clubs on the planet that are consistent winners. So what do you do? You go to the next best thing. Find an intelligent manager who wants to grow. Someone who wants to make their mark on a club… a bit like Arsenal did when they went with Wenger all those years ago.
I missed some names off my list. Frank De Boer is smashing it up in Holland with Ajax. Diego Simeone is doing wonderful things with Atletico. Then there’s Tony Pulis tearing up the scene at Palace this season. What a great appointment he’d be. I can see it now… Arsenal fans all wearing that cap to games. Hommage to our new leader. Power play football. Shawcross lining up. Hey, a man can dream?
Onto one more thing, Arsene Wenger has a been talking about that one time, at band camp, when he did a tactic. He was talking about how he lined up defensively against United in the 2005 cup final. What a f*cking horror show that day was. I’ve never sat with my heart in my mouth for so long. We were totally battered! Amazing that Wenger has to go back almost a decade to remember when he last changed his game plan. I remember when he had no plan for Lionel Messi. 4 goals later…
Hopefully Wenger’s plan tomorrow isn’t to set up defensively against Wigan tomorrow. Trouble is, he doesn’t have many players, because they are all broken. No Rosicky, Chambo, Ozil, Theo… that’s quite a crowd to have missing. So it looks like a full 90 for Aaron, which is a worry considering how fresh back from injury he is. Still, it is what it is, he won’t have a world cup to worry about if he does relapse.
It’ll be interesting to see how the manager approaches the game. For me, when we brought on Chambo, Aaron and Sanogo… we at least looked capable of something. I really don’t think Giroud should start. He’s been shockingly average of late. If we can’t play Sanogo against a mid tier championship side… what’s the point of him? He did a decent job against Bayern, he had a goal disallowed against Everton. Give the lad a chance… because if we don’t… there’s zero pace in our side again!
I’m actually really nervous about tomorrow. It feels historic in a way. If he loses that game, it’s over for him. The fans who go are pretty much done, but this really would finish him off. Sad part about it, is that now, there really is a possibility we could go out. There’s obviously unrest in the dressing room because things are leaking out of the club and when people are unhappy, especially sports people, they can switch off.
What will Wenger do differently tomorrow? How is he going to motivate his team to fight? How can the players respond?
It’s a massive game. A massive moment for the club. So let’s see where it takes us!
Right, it’s Friday, think of the least offensive person in the office and send them this e-mail.
I don’t want to get into the details, but needles to say, I’ve heard it and I find it really inappropriate.
Then leave it. Go for a beer and don’t respond to any of her pleas for more detail.
P.S. I saw this on Reddit… I am not Stewart Robson. Just to be clear. I am a whiny arsehole though. Thanks internet. x