I’m hanging out in Spain today. Am I here to catch the Atletico game tonight? Of course not, that match is in London. However, just by being here, I feel like an expert in Spanish football. I’m going to watch the game in a bar tonight, dressed like Simeone. I might even punch someone in the face then bite their finger off. That feels like the sort of thing Diego would do.
So, what have we to talk about in the news today?
Well, I read this piece in The Telegraph and it really does tie back to what I said to you the other week about doing favours for the club. The jist of the article is that Arsenal have been hampered by injuries this season and that’s why we haven’t won the league. It’s part of the Arsenal PR push that actually, this season wasn’t a failure you could put on Arsene, it’s a failure you could put on those damn pesky injuries… and hey, he’ll get it right next season (by making all the same errors he made this season).
The push is working as well. I see fans all over Twitter cursing the damn injuries. I’ve not seen anyone professional really examine the mess that is Arsenal’s injury list. Is that because I’m the only person who writes in sport that can see the problems? No. Of course not. They’ll all know what’s going on. It’s just my living doesn’t depend on Arsenal and information, so I can write about the realities.
It goes without saying that having a fully squad is better than a non-fully fit squad. I mean, why is that even a story? What seems to be the media push with the Arsenal journalists is that Wenger has had no part to play in the injury mess.
Why doesn’t that article ask the following questions:
- Why do Arsenal consistently have the worst injuries every single season?
- Why do we not have a squad big enough to deal with injuries?
- Are Arsenal actually lucky in the sense that our centre back didn’t face long lay offs?
- Arsene didn’t buy a second striker and he exhausted Giroud. Aren’t they lucky he didn’t get injured?
- Why did the sprint rates of Ozil halve between November and January? Is it ‘luck’ that saw him injured twice after?
- Is there a correlation between player exhaustion and injury?
… and here is the major point. Just say, in a world of pure imagination, none of our players picked up injuries. Why would anyone think that we could win the league. We picked up the injuries because players weren’t rested / trained properly. The players that didn’t pick up injuries dropped off form wise because they were knackered (Ozil and Giroud). So even if no one picked up injuries, there’s no way we’d have been in shape to compete for the league because the manager wouldn’t have rotated.
I mean, case in point here… OZIL IN THE FA CUP AGAINST COVENTRY. A full game. What a laugh.
Simple issue here is that the fans are being conned into believing in the manager by the club, and the press. It’s bad form in my book. If your job is the study a football club, you should do it properly and you should bat for the truth, not the future exclusive.
Anyway, not much from me today. Have a good one.