Diaby shouldn’t be anywhere near the first team | Wenger not leaving

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So kicking on from yesterday’s brief dalliance around the topic of the managers contract. Goal.com are reporting that Wenger still hasn’t tied himself down to a new deal and nor have his backroom team. Apparently he’s going to wait it out and see how his last few results pan out.

4th is still not assured. If City are out of the league by the time they play Everton, that’s a holiday play from City, so they could drop points. That puts our last game vs Norwich as a survival game. Everton will be playing a resting Hull City. This is going to the wire and there are no certainties.

Now, I’m pretty certain Goal have this stipulations thing incorrect. If Wenger isn’t letting his inner circle at Arsenal know what the plan is, you can bet your bottom dollar his plans aren’t being leaked to a journalist and they certainly wouldn’t be by one of his friends. No one at the club, bar maybe Ivan (at a push), knows what’s going on with Arsene. He hasn’t signed the deal. If he has, the financial markets we’re involved in would have to know. One of reasons United waited until 0830 to fire Moyes.

Anyway, a few major points here.

1. Ivan needs a plan

As we’ve seen with United, they’re having trouble luring a great manager already. Guardiola and Klopp both ruled themselves out last night. They’ve already played their one ‘young manager’ card and flunked it. That means they’re left with old school egotistical maniacs. Louis Van Gaal would be excellent. Total lunatic. Straight from the dark ages. Chelsea Assistant and his outrageous behaviour at the weekend? That’s straight out the Louis Van Gaal University training manual. The other thing before I move on is that whoever comes in has to build that United a side around £300k a week Rooney. A 5 year shit sandwich right there. Nice work Moyes. What a deadwood legacy.

Anyway, point here is that Ivan needs to be looking at names. Wenger owes Ivan nothing. He won’t care about leaving him in the lurch. So Ivan needs to have a plan. He needs to get some names lined up. Because for me, Moyes was a panic signing. He came on his terms, did it his way and totally ballsed it up.

What’s our plan? Lucky for us the baseline is pretty average. Lucky we can shoot for a young manager. But we need to start mapping for post a post Wenger era. If he does sign, it’s only for a short time.

2. Players

The old myth of player insecurity when a manager hasn’t signed a deal seems to be just that. No rumblings of upset or fear. Wenger could be gone in a month. No one is saying they’ll go if he goes. No one has taken their foot off the gas. We’re still powering fro 4th. We’re in an FA Cup final. In the players eyes, life goes on. They know they’re not getting what they need from Arsenal at the moment. I’m not sure they’ll be overtly devastated if he shoots or Paris.

3. Deadline

We’re nearly at the end of the season. Wenger has under performed this year. He’s had a shocker on so many fronts. An FA Cup would be glorious. No doubt about that. But let’s not pretend it’s anything other than a monstrous crack papering exercise. Nothing core has improved this year. Tactics are as weak as ever, our form to top teams is pathetic, our injury pile up is top of the league, our scouting network has been exposed and our squad lacks balance and depth.

Wenger shouldn’t have the club held to ransom like scatty girlfriend deciding whether she should stay or go. Make up your mind. You’re either in it for the long haul (short haul) or you’re packing your bags. Either way. The club needs to the best possible punt at the summer. It’s a World Cup year, so it’s going to be hard enough as it is to buy players. Managers are at a premium. We need to build. The club deserve better than this really odd behaviour.

HE’S BACK

In other news, Abou Diaby is back in an Arsenal shirt. Fresh up from his mountain training and 2 years off, he’s making waves in the U21s with cameo appearances. Now, as you know, I have no interest in Diaby. For me, he shouldn’t be getting any first team action over the next 4 games. He shouldn’t be part of our plans going forward. Get him fit, then ship him on this summer. If Wenger is to be believed, it takes a couple of months to get fit when you return after a lay off (he said it about Nik B once), so the chances of Diaby coming back and adding anything of value are low.

… but the point is, I don’t think we should be helping him get into the French squad after the two years he’s had. Our first team isn’t a charity. We have more than enough options from now until the end of the season to cope without him. We need the best future squad playing for the rest of the year. Diaby shouldn’t be given a squad number next season. Let him go somewhere else. Show a bit of ruthless. Get him fit, ship him on… be done with it. He’s a waste of resource that could go on a decent player who you know (roughly) won’t break down every other game. History is the greatest predictor of the furture. Diaby will never be fit. Ever. He seems like a nice guy, I feel for his plight as a footballer, but the reality is he’s not for us anymore. He’s been well compensated. Time for a new challenge.

Right, that’s me done.

Have a marvellous day.

… and hey, if this post was a bit moody, check out the below video. This guy will perk up your day. I’d imagine that’s what Wenger felt like when Abou made himself available.

656 Responses to “Diaby shouldn’t be anywhere near the first team | Wenger not leaving”

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  1. WengerEagle

    MTLM

    Can you imagine Wenger as RM Manager?

    It would be a Moyes-esque situation and he has the cheek to say he’s turned them down in the past out of loyalty to us.

    Madrid unlike Arsenal do not tolerate mediocrity or stinginess.

  2. WengerEagle

    Bayern have Martinez, Gotze and Muller to call upon and Real have Varane, Marcelo, Bale and Illaramendi to call upon.

    Insane strength in depth especially when you consider both teams are missing a few key players due to injuries.

  3. london gunner

    Jovetic is a far better dribbler than draxler tbh

    Draxler is a long shot king but its not that effective in the premier league.

    I have noticed in the Bundisliga that when one side is attacking the opposition defenders drop back into a deep line of 4 allowing an attacker to get a shot away.

    Whilst in the Premier league often times you will have a wondering CB who comes out to press and close down the attacker (koz, david luiz) making it harder to pull of a shot.

    A good example would be Podolski in the bundisliga he was pulling off all kinds of long distance screamers.

    Bale was the exception because he had an amazing ability to shoot whilst accelerating at maximum speed sideways.

    Obviously long distance screamers still happen in the PL but allot less often.

    Dortmund are the exception though.

  4. MarbleHall

    Arsene Wenger is sensationally preparing to quit as Arsenal manager if the team fail to meet his targets over the next month, Goal can reveal.

    Wenger has told friends he is considering bringing an end to his 18-year Gunners reign if they do not win the FA Cup and finish in the top four of the Premier League.

    Wenger sets the bar to low, why doesn’t the loser target winning the Premier league or the Champions league.

  5. gambon

    I like Draxler and think he could do a bale like job for us.

    However €45m is just ridiculous for someone that’s far from world class.

  6. london gunner

    Sterling> Jack wilshre

    Sorry but better dribbler, better ball control, better vision, better finishing (he brought that to his game in a big way) big game player, better final third passer, better movement oh and more pace to.

    Sterling is the best young talent in English football… his so good he actually looks comparable to the other European young talent.

    Sterling> Hazzard at 19

  7. Bero

    “I was watching the game in a bar last night and started chatting to this Real fan , , he says that ALOT of their fans were at their wits end with bale right up until the copa del ray final , and now most are more happy. He said that even though bale was scoring a lot and assisting, he just wasnt playing that well and people were not happy atall. Thats proper pressure out there”

    yeah I think RM is the most high pressure environment in world football. For me it’s too much…I see it as almost pointless amounts of pressure and ZERO patience shown by the fans and the club…it’s like the opposite of Arsenal which applies not nearly enough pressue to be successful.

  8. Thank you and goodnight

    @gambon
    I agree with you its a hell of a lot of money, unfortunately today’s prices are ridiculous but you have to pay, Wether it’s for potential or for the finished article. I mean I do have to admit that Wenger is right about price of players being nuts. But it is what it is.

  9. london gunner

    Midwest

    If USA get kicked out of world cup who do you support?

    I am Jamaican Chinese Irish so if England get kicked out I have no one to support as my countries suck at football.

    I often just either go for the one playing the most attractive football or the team with the most Arsenal players.

    Giroud Sagna Koz France
    Santi Mon Spain
    ozil Mert pod Germany

    Think that German broad with the boobs and larger shifts my vote to ze Germans

  10. MidwestGun

    London –
    Im a Germany supporter from way back because of the German side of my family. So Germany. Followed them for ages. But I admit to being a front runner and enjoying the way Brazil plays. I tend to support South American countries when I’m neutral because I dig their style.

  11. london gunner

    gambon

    I dunno I have watched a lot of Draxlers games and I get he has stats saying his a great dribbler.. but I rarely see him beat a man with dribbling skill.

    Schalke play counter attacking football that’s fairly long range in their passing scope Draxler has GREAT movement and often finds a lot of space on the field his then slipped the ball and beats a defender with pace.

    When it is crowded and congested he nearly always gives and goes, passes a one two rather than dribbles around the opponent.

    To be honest I would say his much more of a player who runs in behind or off the wings into the box then a immense dribbler. Jovetic for instance always cuts in and tries to beat a man with skill.

    His more intelligent movement and decisive runs than a dribbler.

  12. Al

    I still want Iker Munian. Bounced back after a tough season last year (Whole Bilboa team struggled)to show what a classy player he is.

    Still needs to work on improving his goals/assist stats because it is very poor considering his actual quality and influence in matches.

    Only 21 and Highly experienced with nearly 200 games. Would love him, seems he needs that next move to take his game forward.

  13. Dissenter

    gambon is talking a lot of sense.

    Draxelr for 40 million+ is silly, he’s gifted but not worth that much.

    This German generation of players, exemplified by Ozil are BOTTLERS, until they actually win something.

    Romford, You love Ozil too much. Ozil is a dribbler?

  14. london gunner

    Al

    His a talent no doubt but I don’t think we need a project.

    We need a man Like Reus his at WC level can come in and give an immediate impact.

    He would give us more assists and goals than Munian and I don’t think he will ever be better than Reus!

    Also I like the idea of adding more Germans to our side, aka a british german core would make a strong team.

  15. Al

    london gunner
    April 23, 2014 18:28:26

    Agree that a player like Reus should first choice but i would have him over Draxler.

    However, disagree that he is a project. The kid is experienced, been playing in La liga for 4 years as a starter.
    He is better than Navas was when City bought him last year and he starts for them.
    I think he is ready to start and perform to a high level but has an abundance of potential to reach that higher level of quality

  16. tunnygriffboy

    Aftermath Chelsea Sndland match

    Ramirez charged violent conduct

    Maureen charged bringing game into disrepute ( 2nd time in a month )

    Coach charged with disrepute and another charge

    After game last night Maureen says he’ll take weakened team to Liverpool on Sunday.

    Classy club !

  17. MidwestGun

    Ozil is an excellent dribbler especially along the sideline, can remember several occasions this year he beat 3 or 4 players who seemingly had him trapped and yet they still couldn’t get the ball from him. The ball seems to stick to his foot. The sad part is he beats players and yet still has nobody to pass too because he was getting no support as our team was sitting deep with Flamini and Arteta.

  18. london gunner

    Al

    I concur, I would have him over Draxler but more because Draxler is moving for crazy money and I think its just riddicalous.

    Ozil 42 Mill Draxler 45 mill narrr mate!

  19. london gunner

    Midwest

    Actually its quite easy to tackle Ozil you just have to bundle him over, its been happening all season, happened to Silva in his first season.

    He is a great dribbler though once he bulks up a bit his gonna be immense.

  20. Al

    “I like Munian but think he’s a bit too lightweight. Draxler is 6″1”

    If you mean lightweight in regards to height, yes but He is very strong though and a absolute fighter. Draxler is not a battler like him. so in that regard he is not really lightweight.

    If we strengthen and add the necessary power in Midfield i wouldn’t be to fussed about adding another shortie in the team

  21. Al

    London Gunner

    “its quite easy to tackle Ozil you just have to bundle him over, its been happening all season, happened to Silva in his first season.”

    I think it is more to do with Ozil getting used to the league and understanding how quick players get into you and the fact he wont be awarded freekicks for every challenge against him like in Spain.

  22. MidwestGun

    London –
    Yes I agree in the middle of the field he can be blindsided or ganged up on and tackled. Goes down too easy. Looks for ref bailout too often.

  23. gambon

    I really like Draxler, but the fact is there’s a huge chance he plateaus at this level….which is not even close to a £40m player.

    For that money I’d want a 25 year old Ribery, robben, Reus or similar.

  24. Cesc Appeal

    How much play time is Shaqiri getting at Munich? Always liked him, such a shame he’s 5ft 7, if he was taller he’d literally be perfect.

    But he’s still a monster.

    For the right price I’d take him.

  25. Frankie T

    Cesc is not the type we need in my opinion. We need a powerhouse with pace and skill.
    If you add cesc to the mix how do we solve out midfield conundrum. To fill our midfield 3 our entral options are:

    Arteta
    Flamini
    Ramsey
    Wilshere
    Rosicky
    Cazorla
    Ox chamberlain
    Ozil
    Diaby (cough)

    Wide options
    Walcott
    Podolski
    Ozil
    Cazorla
    Gnabry
    Ox chamberlain

    We have an abundance of options but which combinations are best. And if we add the much needed extra quality, who leaves? Arteta out first of course.

  26. london gunner

    Al

    Yeah mate lol that was what I was implying! aka Silva was not used to the physicality of the league but has adapted… his no tank obviously but compared to his first season his not getting knocked to the floor easily.

  27. gonsterous

    CA

    Shaqiri is going no where…. this part of Europe… that is … switzerland, germany osterreich Bayern is the biggest club and the dream !!!

  28. london gunner

    Cesc Appeal

    Hazzard and Silva are 5,7

    His a winger his just as strong as 5,9 5,10 winger. His body strength is incredible his calves and hamstrings are beast mode.

    His also got better acceleration, better balance and low centre of gravity because of his height. Being 5,7 in his case is actually a strength not a weakness, unless Wenger plays up front 😉

    Its the same in Rugby you get short guys for a reason because in certain roles a low centre of gravity and high body strength to frame ratio helps massively!

  29. gonsterous

    are those americans over in UTD as stupid as our american in the emirates !!!
    They’ve asked help from fergie selecting the next manager !!!

  30. Romford Pele

    Madrid have nothing atm.

    Surprised they’ve gone 442. I know Atletico and Dortmund do it but they have high energy players, Madrids divas don’t do unnecessary running

  31. gonsterous

    Wenger will never be able to manage benzema as well as Ancelotti and ppl will blame the league for Benzema’s failure and not Wenger !!!

  32. tunnygriffboy

    It’s been said on here many times that the Bayern back four is susceptible to quick attacks . We caused problems in the first 25mins at the Emirates as did Man u at home and away. Real way better than us in terms of counter attack.

  33. jwl

    Speaking of how expensive it is to buy talent these days ….

    The Guardian – Manchester United are convinced a £30m deal to buy Luke Shaw on a £100,000 a-week salary is virtually complete in what is viewed as a major coup over Chelsea

  34. gonsterous

    like wenger was ever gonna bid for benzema !!! He promised to make giroud the our number 1 next season and the postman his number 2

  35. Max85

    jwl April 23, 2014 19:06:13

    Speaking of how expensive it is to buy talent these days ….

    The Guardian – Manchester United are convinced a £30m deal to buy Luke Shaw on a £100,000 a-week salary is virtually complete in what is viewed as a major coup over Chelsea

    Great prospect, but shows how ridiculously over-valued English talent is. What full back in the world is worth £30m? Perhaps Lahm, but that’s it; certainly incomparable to Shaw.

  36. london gunner

    I honestly wouldn’t sell Benzema for Aguero

    Aguero is class but he gets injured twice nearly every season and misses crucial games.

    It’s not just been this season as people state on here its been happening for awhile now.

    Meanwhile Benzema is of a similar level and never gets injured

  37. jwl

    Diaby is totem for late wenger era – central midfield is vital to all teams success or failure – and one of our main players is brittle, to say least. Diaby should have been on his bike years ago and wenger should have brought in new healthy player.

    When wenger and diaby are gone, I will believe new era is finally starting at Arsenal.

  38. tunnygriffboy

    RP

    Didn’t realise that they adamant about keeping Benzema. As I said, Moratta it is then.

    If RM win CL then may be Ancelloti will stay meaning Man u won’t get him loooooool

  39. salparadisenyc

    We missed the boat on Benzema, Suarez and Higuain.
    Shame Benzema ideal for our setup and the league.

    Bet well say the same about Costa, Balotelli etc etc etc.

  40. kwik fit

    Thats the job Mid , youre getting the hang of this lark 😉

    I think ‘Fuck of Mourinho ‘ could go vinyl 🙂

  41. Dan Ahern

    Doubt we ever had a real shot at Benzema. But Higuain…

    I’m not saying we should’ve gone up to 35m to land Higuain, but in hindsight, I reaaally wouldn’t have minded overpaying a tad. It’s a better use than collecting dust in the bank.

  42. london gunner

    Romford

    Real should be 3-0 up.

    I know your a big fan of Peps Bayern but they don’t look a great time like they did last year in the CL

  43. MidwestGun

    This is why I prefer counter -attacking. Bayern reduced to meaningless possession and aimless crossing for the most part. But Alonso and PePe have been studly in defense.

  44. Cesc Appeal

    london

    Oh yeah, he’s built like a tank. Calf muscles like quadriceps! Slight exaggeration on my part there but…

    I like him. If Munich add some bodies as Guardiola continues stamping his mark on them who knows, might be able to poach him.

  45. Bero

    I still think if RM go large for suarez that Benzema could become available.

    Having said that… don’t think Suarez is going anywhere for another season. He’ll want a season in CL with Liverpool and they’ll be bringing in top talent this summer…just watch. They’ll do it right.

    I have far more faith in Liverpool to do what they should do in terms of with their squad over us.

  46. Al

    Mandzukic is so Rubbish. Been saying for time but he is the same type of player that has no ability to create or do something on his own.

    We need strikers that have the ability to create things on their own and he definitely is not the type.

    Really cant see why people rate him. He is lucky he plays with those players who pump up his goal stats

  47. kwik fit

    I’m sitting in the same bar as last night only minus clothes and wallet. But I am necking a babycham . Its real lovely 😉

  48. Romford Pele

    London, don’t like Pep’s Bayern, Pep’s Barca now!

    Pep did say he thinks his team can improve by 30% though. They miss the flair of Tiago in midfield.

    All that said, I much prefer Real Madrid and want them to win CL this season, it’s been too long. Ronaldo and Di Maria both missed key chances

  49. Dissenter

    The English FA are really stupid. They have fallen into Mourhino’s trap.
    How can they charge him for praising them, albeit with sarcarsm.

    The official FA statement read:
    ‘Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture.

    ‘It is alleged that Mourinho’s comments constitute improper conduct, in that they call into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mr Mike Riley, General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and/or the comments bring the game into disrepute.”

    Contrast this to Mourhino’s comments:

    ‘The first is to congratulate my players. They did everything they could, playing from the first minute to the last seconds, and deserved that. Sometimes we praise the players when we win. I think it’s fair to praise my players after the defeat.

    ‘Secondly, congratulations to Sunderland. It doesn’t matter how, why or in which way they won, they won. They won three fantastic points. I think it’s also fair to congratulate them.

    ‘Third point, I want to congratulate again Mike Dean. I think his performance was unbelievable and I think when referees have unbelievable performances, I think it’s fair that as managers we give them praise. So, fantastic performance. He came here with one objective. To make a fantastic performance. And he did that.
    And fourth, congratulations also to Mike Riley, the referees’ boss. What they are doing through the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, and in teams involved in the title race. Absolutely fantastic.’

    QCs are going to have a field day billing this lot. You cannot prove it was insulting. I dislike Mourhino but sometimes you have to wonder if this guy’s balls are not made of shinning brass. His comments were measured and restrained.
    The FA has fallen into a trap.

  50. kwik fit

    Arsene Wenger Ready to Quit Arsenal If Top Four and FA Cup Targets Are Not Achieved. Now thats a tough one 🙂

  51. london gunner

    Marble

    No idea who Magoo is so Wiki’d him.

    Quincy Magoo (or simply Mr. Magoo) is a cartoon character created at the UPA animation studio in 1949. Voiced by Jim Backus, Quincy Magoo is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. However, through uncanny streaks of luck, the situation always seems to work itself out for him, leaving him no worse than before.

    Affected people (or animals) consequently tend to think that he is a lunatic, rather than just being nearsighted. In later cartoons he is also an actor, and generally a competent one except for his visual impairment

  52. MidwestGun

    Al –
    Agreed for the most part. Still think Mandzo would be better in a 4-4-2. Not really on my list to get. But obviously Bayern will be better with Lewandowski.

  53. Dan Ahern

    I want to congratulate Dissenter for his unbelievable comment. Not dense at all. Not willfully ignorant of tone or nuance. Just a perfect literal interpretation. He came on here to raise the intelligence level with his remarks, so really great job there. I applaud him.

  54. kwik fit

    Heading to London town in the morning . I’m sort of glad cos I still have an 8 inch stiletto wedged where the sun don’t shine. 😉

  55. salparadisenyc

    Ahern

    We could of landed Benzema from Lyon at the end of 2008, passed as Adebayor had his only real standout season for us. Who knows how that goes though as the frenchman is just now coming to the potential and that has loads to do with ZZ as many have posted. He’s not going anywhere.

    Higuain has never been my choice although he’s clearly miles ahead of L’Oreal. Retrospectively we should of gone deeper for Suarez, but at the time the 40 looked mental. At a certain point were going to have to pull the trigger and quit fucking about with B grade strikers. My ole man call OG steerage class.

  56. london gunner

    kwik

    You must be some rich dude lol,

    I don’t no anyone who just goes to another country during the working term to pick up tail lol!

    Kwik International play boy jet setter.

  57. Dan Ahern

    Sal — Whoa, going way back in time now! I thought you meant this past summer.

    Steerage class, heheh. Even Wenger knew OG wouldn’t win the league for him, hence the trying for class strikers. In the end stubbornness and Fenway cunts won out though. The worst part though is we went on to lose Theo and Aaron and did fuckall about it in the winter. One window might be unlucky, two is bullshit.

  58. Romford Pele

    What Bayern really miss is that change of pace in the middle. Iniesta at Barca does this so well through his ability to salon pass players. Kroos and Schweini are great in their own right but none of them are really ball carriers who can change the pace. Missing Thiago. Alternatively bring on Gotze and play him in the middle.

  59. kwik fit

    Fuck she’s just come into the bar hobbling on one shoe . Don’t know whether to laugh or cry . At least I had a shower earlier. 😉

  60. Bero

    Loads of people slagging off Guardiola saying he’s weakened Bayern… not sure how they can say that after the season they’ve just had in Germany?

  61. Bero

    RP – haven’t they broken all records in germany this year?

    I do get what you’re saying but they’re hardly weakened. And we already know they’re further strengthening in the summer. Ok, less direct… but once Guardiola has them really ticking the way he wants (remember this is still year 1!) I think they’ll be just as good as Barca were under him.

    I love the way his teams play.

  62. london gunner

    Bero

    I hate the way his teams play, find it very boring very brief moments of excitement that are all to quickly over.

    Great manager though.

    Way Real Madrid play football really is more entertaining and aesthetic but maybe that’s why they are 2nd in La Liga not 1st.

  63. london gunner

    The mass possession, chicken tika football tactic doesn’t work anymore, defences are just to well drilled at closing up shop.

    Counter attacking football is the now and future 🙂

  64. Bero

    don’t get me wrong I like the way RM play too. But I have a lot of time for Guardiola. That training video Pedro posted a while back had me drooling. If only our lads were getting drilled like that.

    Rate him as a manager. My thing was that I don’t think he’s weakened Bayern… he’s just transforming them into his team. Their results over the season hardly show they’re weakened…whatever happens tonight or in this tie generally.

  65. TitsMcgee

    This Bayern team(as all of Pep’s teams) are too obsessed with walking the ball into the back of the net.

    Great versus 90% of teams they play but can be shut down versus teams that match them for talent.

  66. Al

    As poor as Bayern have been so have Real Madrid. This is not a david vs Goliath match. These are two Goliaths of world football but Madrid have not played like it also.

    They have a better team and are just looking to play on the counter

  67. TitsMcgee

    He hasn’t weakened them but has turned them into a team that can be beat the way Inter bested Barca a few years ago.

    No manager is infallible though so I guess everyone has their achilles heal.

  68. TitsMcgee

    The Bayern players look like they are fighting the urge to revert to type

    i.e they look like they are forcing themselves to play the manager’s way.

  69. london gunner

    Bero

    I think they have strengthened and weakened, they have deffo weakened at the top.

    They were a much stronger force last year in the CL but weaker in the league.

    I just felt watching Barca was like brain freeze, you would see endless triangle passes back sideways it was a tactical master piece but not interesting football.

    It’s so much more rewarding watching football with flair, attacking aggression.

    Perphaps its a testament to how good Pep was at Barca that the matches by and large were not interesting because they were so dominant it wasn’t a contest it took the thrill and unpredictability out of it, you knew 9 times out of 10 Pep was winning.

  70. Bero

    LG – I guess I’m just not bored by that beautiful stuff…those triangle passes and possession… I love that stuff. Saying you’re bored because it’s too good I can understand I suppose. I would love to see Guardiola at Arsenal though. We’re the right club in England for him to make his own. Don’t see it happening for a long time if at all though.

    Again, none of that to say I don’t like watching flair and aggression…because I do. I just love the Guardiola way too.

    It beats watching Maureen sides that’s for sure!