Ahhhh, stupid England. Pull the game back to a 1-1 and then throw it away with some shoddy defending.
I mean, I honestly don’t connect enough with that side to go apoplectic, but ultimately, Roy Hodgson threw away a World Cup with one of the best squads we’ve had for years.
At the highest level, it’s about being smart. He’s just not that smart. If he is smart, he doesn’t have the force of personality to have his players deliver on his genius.
‘The lads tried’
Nice one. Who cares? We’re out. Another total failure. Ain’t nowt glorious about that. Still, what did make it slightly more palatable last night was hanging out with a Spaniard who was saying things like…
‘I feel your pain’
It’s a nice sentiment, but ultimately, you’ll never know that dull ache of being a perennial underachiever.
Raheem Sterling… what a super talent that boy is. I am so jealous we don’t have him at Arsenal. He has it all… bar height.
Transfer rumours are still mostly centring around Mario Balotelli. Apparently we’re willing to go as high as £180k per week. I know that last year, we were prepared to match Rooney’s / Lewandowski’s £250k pw if they’d move. So it wouldn’t shock me if we went that high. I mean, take away the mental side of his game, he’s worth that salary.
Imagine that summer… Reus / Sanchez and Mario. That’d be so incredible. So incredible I might go to the gym and forget to put my clothes on after my shower.
Naked, but loving life.
‘Hey Pete, where are your clothes?’
‘Mario and pacey half forwards at Arsenal’
It’d all be fine, because at the heart of it, we’re all naked from a conceptual stand point.
I was with a pal yesterday who used to work for one of those football hit whoring networks, he told me their main objective when actively making up stories was to get a club to deny the rumour.
What a life…
So what do I think about the opening fixtures? Well, not easy is what I’d say.
Palace are super organised and built to upset big teams. Having them at home is a saving grace, no doubt. Leicester shouldn’t be too much bother, though away from home, you don’t know. Everton will be tough, City will be tough and we lost against Villa at this stage last year.
The manager needs to be very careful about how he approaches the new season. So far, we’ve signed no one, threatening to and making bids doesn’t count. He needs to get people in the door sharpish because the big problem we face at the start of the season, particularly against the likes of Palace and Leicester is that we have a serious lack of freshness in our squad because most of our players are at the World Cup… even our new fitness coach.
Which means he’ll most likely come back to a total mess.
16/08/2014 15:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace
23/08/2014 15:00 Everton v Arsenal
30/08/2014 15:00 Leicester City v Arsenal
13/09/2014 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester City
20/09/2014 15:00 Aston Villa v Arsenal
27/09/2014 15:00 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Also, have you seen United’s fixture list? I didn’t realise that new managers were able to pick their games. They basically avoid a tough game until October 4th. A total joke. They have no Champions League either. So the new manager has all that time to prepare his teams. They’ll be batting around the top of the league by then for sure. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the freshness, will they be Liverpool mk II this season?
Look, I don’t know. I’m putting out there for you. You answer the questions.
Right, I don’t have much else. Bar the assertion to you that I am supporting Iran tomorrow… then I’m Dutch for the rest of the competition. I look a bit Dutch and I do a fabulous Dutch accent.
HAVE A GOOD DAY. x