Jesus, I know I said I wouldn’t say anything about stuff that’s going on at the moment, but deary me, if you thought football was bad on social media, my lord, what’s happening with the Gaza conflict is quite incredible. What both sides are up to is disgraceful, what I find worse is the one upmanship peddled by the people. What I find even worse is the manufactured silence created through fear of offending. You can’t call a spade a spade on this one.
Why can’t we all get along… for the love of god, Allah, Jesus and Bergkamp, why can’t we all just get along.
In more humourous news, I made this piece of art yesterday.
Who said creativity amongst Arsenal bloggers was dead? Not me. Why? Because I am an artist.
That’s my vision for our summer anyway. Real just signed Haymes Rodrigues for a whopping £67m. Quite incredible. I said on a piece I did recently that he could be the first £100m player. Well, I was wrong. He’s either going to be an inspired signing or he’s going to be on the scrap heap in two years. For me, he has bundles of incredible talent. The most talented one footed player on the planet outside Robben. He’s full of energy, he thinks 0.5 seconds faster than anyone else and his ability on the ball is quite staggering. How Ancellotti develops him is a different story.
One thing is for sure… La Liga is going to be about as competitive as a narcoleptic 100m race.
Bore me later that league… someone put it out of its misery.
Stories floating the web that Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla are on the wish list of Atletico. Not surprising really, they have about 2 players available after the summer pillaging from Chelsea.
I can’t see us selling anyone. According to rumour / fact, we’ve lost out on Manquillo who has moved to Liverpool for a 2 year loan deal. That means we’re on the look out for a young right back again. Or, it alternatively means we’re not on the look out for a young right back.
I’m starting to get the fear a little with regards to how much we’re going to bolster.
There are going to be so many big names popping up for transfers over the next month or so. Vidal is available, Nastasic is up for a move, Hummels is on his way out, you’ll have Madrid and Barca surplus, Serie A ‘please buy me we’re skint’ surplus as well as the off cuts of a PSG so in the red with FFP you feel they’ll need to get another billionaire in to prop them up!
There’s a rumour flying around the web that Messi was interested in joining Arsenal before he opted to stay at Barca.
I can’t remember where I read it, it may have been Deloitte, but the study valued Messi at £200m. So, a little out of our budget. He also commands a salary of about £35m a year. So, a little out of our budget.
I mean, what a joke of an article… still, someone has made an killing there with page views.
I was sent this article from the boys @MessiMinutes (good Twitter account) about the impact BIG DATA had on the Germans World Cup efforts. They teams up with SAP to build a system that merged big data with video that allowed the Germans to understand their game better.
‘The tool is giving the German coaches in Brazil the ability “to crawl through complex video and make it simple for them to know what they need to win.’
See, this is what people don’t understand about video analysis and Arsenal. Watching a video of the previous game is not analysis. That’s the work equivalent of looking at a printed spreadsheet. Analysis is understanding the data presented and converting it into actionable insight. How much actionable insight did you see put into practice last year? Same team, same tactics with the same outcome so many times against the big teams.
There are many interesting things that go on in a game, the job of a video analyst or a management team is to identify what is important. Teams are using video analysis in games now and presenting back to players at half time. As far as I know, we don’t do this.
I met a guy from one of the major stat specialists a few weeks ago and he told me that when Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho take notes in games, what they’re actually doing is taking references for video clips.
Football teams have experts at the game taking notes on videos. They code moments. So an attack down the right will be coded a certain way with a time stamp. A long ball into the box will get the same treatment. When a manager marks down during a game, he’s doing that so he can give his sheet of paper to his video guy and have a showreel ready for half time. Rodgers can flag all balls into Suarez at half time so he can make a visual point. People react better to visual queues, especially when they’re tired. So it’s a really useful tool.
These are the elements of the game Arsene doesn’t embrace. If he did, along with a whole bunch of other marginal gains that are out there, we’d be a much, much better equipped side.
Final BIG LOL of the day. Our new reserve keeper has more Twitter followers than Spurs.