Carlos Moles FB: (Alexis’ hairdresser): “Alexis Sanchez visited us to say goodbye. As reported, he’ll join Arsenal.” pic.twitter.com/ZVxaRqtPEE
— Electric Sanchez (@db10Halo) July 9, 2014
Ban extra time I say. A totally pointless exercise in boredom and it doesn’t exactly make for a fair World Cup.
Argentina now have one less day of rest with the added ball ache of having played basically an extra half of football. All for what? 30 minutes of dreary football?
FIFA should look at the modern game, look at the impact a World Cup has on the fitness of players and make some fair decisions. I mean, I’m ruined this morning and I have a really important day at work. Is Sepp looking out for me?
Is he fuck…
… and at the core of it, that’s what this is about. I’m tired because of the World Cup. I find this disgraceful.
The game felt like Mourinho had been challenged to play the worst game off football of all time. The stadium was about as full as a home Chelsea Carling Cup game against Rotherham. It was very tactical in a ‘guys, how can we suck the joy out of this’ kind of way. Both teams seemingly intent on penalties.
LVG found himself in a psychological ball ache of a situation, by not bringing on Krul, he was effectively handling Argentina the mental advantage. Clissen had never saved a penalty in his professional career and Krul was the secret voodoo magic. By not bringing him on, he handed Argentina a big boost. LVG also made a horror show of the penalty takers, allowing Ron Vlaar the honour of the first kick.
… fingers up to all the muppets slagging him off. He played a blinder this world cup with an terribly average bunch of players. Ron Vlaar at the heart of your defence and a keeper who looked like he’d been on the smack the night before. He did well.
Same thing is yanking my chain with Scolari. He took an incredibly turgid Brazil side to the semi final, he’s an ex world cup winner, now he’s being castigated as a pariah. It’s a joke. On the day, things went horrendously wrong. But what more could he have done? He had a £40m centre back give up on him on the biggest stage ever. What was he to do!
So my dream of a Germany versus Holland Cup final are over. Still, on the flip side, it does feel unlikely Argentina will have what it takes to beat the Germans. I was chatting to a pal a couple of nights ago, for me, the only side in the tournament outside of Spain who have a whole squad of superstars is Germany. Packed full of technical know how both literally, in terms of how they play the game and mentally with how they think about the game.
Should be a fun final, but I tells ya this… it best not go to extra time. I don’t want to be tired on Monday morning!
In Arsenal news, the world of twitter seems to be rife with who knew what. It’s all rather embarrassing. If Twitter were to be believed, Arsenal have a serious loose lips culture going on. All I know is that we have a world class player coming in up top, which is a magic feeling, because we haven’t had that since Robin left and arguably, we’ve not bought a world class striker since Dennis Bergkamp joined way back when…
It also sounds promising on the midfielder front as well. People are sniping at Khedira because he’s not pure defensive, this is true, but come on, nor is Arteta and we all whacked skippy over him a few years ago. For me, the main thing we need in a midfielder is the ability to cover maximum ground at pace. I’d prefer a Bender in the side, but I wouldn’t snort at a Khedira. That really would lift our reputation and it’d certainly put a stamp of quality over our squad.
… not quite sure he’s worth making the highest paid player at the club.
I still don’t feel like we’ve shifted the needle of squad depth far enough to make an impact on the major trophies, but I do think the addition of better players and more know how will impact the areas we’re never going to get impact from Wenger. For me though, the manager should have been working on internal issues this summer. Because realistically, to make change happen, you have to be somewhere. Change management doesn’t really work via Blackberry. What are the core changes he’s made? His fitness coach is still in Brazil with Germany. What are the club doing about tactics? What are they doing about preparation? Have they made changes to the formation? Have they assessed where it all went wrong last season?
Doubtful. Because the manager hasn’t been there.
I just don’t get holiday if things aren’t working… and that’s coming from personal belief. I’d never go away if there were problems or issues at work and I’ve cancelled plenty of summer holidays over the last few years that are testament to that. That might seem an extreme view, but look, if he’s as passionate about work as everyone says he is… well, the idle nature of this summer seems contradictory.
For me, this season, based on squad depth, looks like it’ll be the same as last with numbers. That won’t be good enough regardless of who we bring in, because look, we’re not the only club that has improved this summer. Liverpool have brought more energy into their side, and from what I’ve been told, Markovic was highly rated by a lot of clubs before Liverpool landed him and I don’t think Lovren is the car crash everyone is making out. Chelsea have added Cesc and Costa to an already stunning line up. United are going to have a difficulties whoever they buy. City have bought Sagna, Fernando and they’re looking at Mangala or that Roma chap.
The league is going to be tough. Great players need a great plan. If Wenger doesn’t address his prematch prep this summer and he’s firm on continuing his policy of having disdain for rotation, we’ll be in the same mess but with different players.
On the surface, we’re having a go at shaking things up. New players early and a fitness coach who isn’t here. But is it just lip service? Time will tell…
Also, a round of applause for Dick Law this summer, nailing stuff nice and early and utilising the Spanish he learnt at school, bravo.
I’m kind of excited to see what the crescendo of Arsene Wenger’s summer is. You know, he’s probably looking in his wallet, his last €75 and he’s going to go large, hopefully nick a bird and sign off LADS TOUR 2014 on a high. Canny wait to see who he’s spotted with after the final… Wenger, Elton John, midget dressed as a pirate and two Amy Winehouse look-a-likes coming out of a hotel room at 4am.
Wenger, you’ve been mad bantz this summer. Two fingers up to me for sure. But hey, you know what, if this season goes down the shitter… those Speedo pictures are going to haunt you sir.
Haunt you, like they’ve been haunting my fucking dreams.
Right, Puma kit launch tonight. They’ve put in their e-mail that news is embargoed until 11. It’s like they don’t know the internet. Boozing up a load of bloggers and telling them to keep quiet until 11pm. Good luck. Not even Bloomberg’s anti terror security could stop me Tweeting a picture of their coffee machine. YOU’VE NO HOPE OF EVER STOPPING MY HABBIT!
Right, have a great day, it’s Thursday… by yourself a Big Mac meal at 10am and eat it at your desk, then shout ‘I MAKE THE RULES ABOUT LUNCH’… what a kick off to a day. What a scene. You takeaway munching hero.
P.S. I just wanted to say, this summer has been incredible for comments. Thanks to all those that have contributed, I’m totally honoured that you choose Le Grove to waste your days away chatting about the greatest subject on earth… ARSENAL. You lot make the site what it is, I doff my cap and drop my Speedos in my honour.