Man, I wish the whole league was conspiring to give my team the league this year.
Bloody Liverpool to win the league!
Quite amazing really. I was asked by some pals yesterday who I want to win the league. From a selfish point of view, it’s got to be Liverpool. Firstly, I don’t know enough of their fans to really get upset by it. Secondly, I think they’re the perfect team to sum up what I’ve been saying for years… it’s not all about money. The premise that you can only compete with City and Chelsea if you’ve got billions is a fallacy. Dortmund won back to back titles against the mighty Bayern. Porto and Inter won the Champions League. Liverpool look set to win the league this season.
With the right approach and vision, you can do anything. Arsene Wenger had the right approach and vision when he arrived at the club. He built one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time on a budget. They went a whole season unbeaten. Sure, more monied clubs landed on the scene. Sure, that coincided with our stadium move. But wow, what’s the surrender behaviour about?
Adapt or die Arsenal.
You know what else I find amazing. The infographic pinging around the web about our injured players.
What do I find amazing about it?
Not the injuries. That’s standard every year.
No, what I find amazing are the excuses attached.
‘Well, if we’d had all our players fit this year, we’d have competed’
Some fans will excuse Wenger of anything. Of course we would have competed had we had our players fit for the season. The best teams keep their players fit. However, it’s not just about keeping your players fit. Olivier Giroud has been fit most of the season, but he’s not been in good shape.
Do people think Rambo, barring injury, would have been able to play at his September level, all season long? No way. Do people think any of the players we’ve lost would have been able to? No way.
Keeping players out of the medical room is only part of keeping players fit. We’d have competed if we had an approach to recovery like some of the more successful teams.
The reason we have injuries is our managers approach to the squad he builds, the way he tackles player fitness, the way he deals with recovery and the way he deals with rotation. Being top of the injury league isn’t a luck thing, it’s a management issue. When people push ‘luck’ as the core issue of our season, that’s an ignorance thing. Our season hasn’t failed because of bad luck. Our season has failed because of terrible planning and archaic approaches to a modern game.
Don’t tolerate the luck thing. It’s a poisonous message that exonerates the manager. It’s a message that promotes inaction. It’s a message, that if allowed to fester, will have us in a world of stagnation for the next two years.
Hull City are the team that face us today. We have to go up to their place. They’re a good side, but not exactly loaded with pace. Any midfield that has Huddlestone at it’s core is going to struggle to knock the ball around you. However, we have to respect them. I’m hoping because they’re safe, this might not be such a hard game.
Arsenal welcome back Matty Flamini. We could really do with his energy today. I’m not sure what the state of play is on Ozil and his return to fitness, but again, more fresh legs gives us a greater chance of winning. I’m guessing it’ll be Giroud in the starting line up. Hopefully he got a massive gee up from Wenger when he read that Wenger doesn’t want to bring in a second striker because ‘You need to be challenged but not too much’… soak that line up for a second. Wow. Can you see why we opted for Viviano as our back up? Not too much competition, in case it makes someone nervous.
Anyway, we need to play our game today. We need to hit them from the off and we need to keep things tight at the back. Three points chalked off today takes us 2 wins away from top four. Then the season is over. Well, until we have to go back and beat Hull in the cup final!
Have a great day. A great Sunday. A great Jesus day.