Gooooooood morning! How are we today? Is there a spring in your step? There is in mine. I watched the Atletico / Chelsea game in a bar last night and it was excellent.
I thought the end result was even more enjoyable because Chelsea went one up through Torres… who cringely didn’t celebrate.
‘Oh look at him, look at how respectful he’s being’
Oh do grow up. If someone I worked with didn’t celebrate a pitch win because they did their grad scheme at a rival agency we’d just beaten, it’d be laughable.
‘Pete, put the Patron shot down, I”m ducking out. Those guys on the other side, those guys taught me all I knew about PowerPointing the sales funnel.’
Faux respect. It’s embarrassing. I used to hate it when Thierry would try and ingratiate himself with everyone when he was our captain.
Anyway, back to Chelsea. They then threw away the game conceding three goals. They weren’t even particularly fancy goals, which made it even more amusing.
So, they’ve gone from beating Liverpool, which, in the grand scheme of trophies achieved nothing. To getting knocked out by a team with basically a 16 man squad. Utterly brilliant management from someone younger, far more violent and scarynand clearly more dynamic.
… and I loved his touchline celebration. Totally trolling Jose!
Jose, specialist in failure. With monster budgets. With some of the best players in the world. With all the back room staff.
I mean, at least we know Wenger is failing because he’s managing a football club in black and white. Here’s the thing, if Wenger did a few things a bit more like Mourinho, he’d be winning leagues. This is why he’s so infuriating.
Arsene, if you’re reading, please, a few considerations for the summer:
1. Let’s get some depth to the squad this summer. We need speed and power to sit at the heart of what we do. Look at Liverpool. Look at players like Konoplyanka. Look at attributes when you’re buying players. We don’t need small technical wizards, we needs some pace to make them work. We need some aggression and bite. We need players that have different personality traits. A bit of nasty.
2. Have a think about the prematch routine. Who is pulling together the dossier of the opposition before the game? Who is the scout that watches the matches (please god say it ain’t Stuart Houston). Have a think about whether that person is good enough. Maybe get in someone new? Change the approach to how we play sides. Have a think about what the opposition are going to do and build a plan. With a plan, we’d easily be 7 points better off.
3. Build out a squad you trust and have a think about how you keep your best players fresh. Instead of flogging your starting 11 game after game until they break, start mapping out who you’re going to play and when. Rotating players isn’t just about keeping your starting 11 fresh, it’s also about making sure the people that sit on the fringes are motivated if they’re called upon.
4. Think about what we do in training. We’ve been visibly lethargic in a number of games this year when we’ve had a week off. Teams like Everton and Liverpool haven’t suffered the same injuries of fatigue. Maybe we should be looking at a less intense training regime inbetween games? Our slow starts have cost us dearly this year, we need to address that because our style traditionally hasn’t been about slow starts.
5. Have an in game plan based on scenarios. Now, this is just me shooting in the dark, by I’m guessing there isn’t a plan for certain events. Per Mertesacker said as much yesterday. When we go one down after 14 seconds, what’s the plan? When we go two down in three minutes, what’s the plan? If we’re 1-1 with 20 to go, what’s the plan? If we’re playing Liverpool, how do we get to half time without conceding? We need a plan for in game issues. We need to be more dynamic to surprise attacks (like Lukaku on the wing). At the moment, it’s one plan for everything. There’s no quick thinking, until it’s too late.
So there are my five things that could help make up the ten points. You might have some additions. But all of those problems could be addressed in the summer if the introspection is for real. My worry is that he’s totally blind to it. He doesn’t have the skills to admit that he’s totally out of his depth and he needs help. Drunk on power, set on a vision that’s dead… past it.
Onto my favourite topic, PROTEST. For the last game of the season, a Twitter account with a whopping 1100 followers is arranging another protest. This time, they’re hoping to get more than 12 people to attend.
Just a few things I have on this.
Firstly, it’s up to individuals to do whatever they like. If they want to take a banner to a stadium and chant at Stan, great.
However, I do find the whole thing a bit of a joke. Fans all rally around these protests online, then when you ask them if they think it’ll achieve anything, they all say no. You ask what the objectives are, you get nothing back. You ask who the individuals are, you get blank tweets. You ask for other examples of protesting driving owners out, you’ll get nothing.
Then people start saying things like, ‘at least they’re doing something’… and that really does make me laugh. What exactly is going on? Paint up a few aggressive bed sheets. Set up a Twitter profile and call it ‘something anonymous’. Get the Daily Mail involved. Meet at a round-about and get angry. Boom, you’re doing something.
Is doing something that ultimately will have no positive outcome, doing something?
What’s my solution? I don’t have one. I don’t know why people think I should back these things, or I should be leading the online charge. I just write about Arsenal. I don’t like the idea of spending my Saturday in an incredibly negative situation. I’d rather have some beers with my pals and talk about football. I don’t think wasting energy on trying to get a long term owner out of the club is a good idea. The 3% issue is a pertinent one. It was a greedy play. It’s not fair on the fans, but I don’t think they’re going to retract it. If you don’t like it, don’t pay it will be their line of attack.
My approach with all these things has always been the same. Leave it with your supporter group of choice. You don’t get anything in life by being militant. Football execs aren’t going to pay attention to a group of protesters who roll out banners like the one below. They’ll talk to people who take civilised action.
If you want to impact the club on match days, why not boycott the catering? Do something smart. Do something that impacts the bottom line. Shouting at a carpark isn’t going to impact anything and I feel it’s pretty out of touch with what most fans want to do on matchday.
But hey ho, that’s just my opinion. We’ll see how many people show up. I’ll be rubber neckin’ regardless.
Right, have a marvellous day, I’ll see you in the comments.