Gooood morning! Totally locked out of our office this morning which is fun when you get in early. Real fun.
Anyway, let’s kick on!
Talk of Theo Walcott coming back to action early is premature. Wenger said he’d be back in full training post international break. That’d give him two weeks to recover from 9 months out the game. Ambitious in the extreme. I’d say there’s no chance of his return that early. He’ll need to be eased in and then he’ll need to be given time to get back to his best. It’ll be the end of October before we start seeing a full speed Walcott.
Fans need to give him time as well. The club should be more transparent with player returns. What’ll happen is he won’t start at Spurs, we’ll get irritated and blame the medics for delaying the return, then when Theo does get back we’ll berate him for being off key despite him being out for 9 months!
Bad times. The manager should be open about how long it’ll take to get him back and fit. Which will be just around the time we need him for.
City are fast approaching and it’s looking very interesting. The lineup needs to be Welbz, Sanchez and Chambo in the front three. Pace, power and trickery. Wenger most likely won’t have the option of Ozil out wide which is brilliant news because he ain’t chasing Zabaleta all game. Hopefully he won’t be tempted by Cazorla wide either, because if he is, we’re going to get destroyed. Start players that ask questions of full backs bombing forward.
At the back, things really are desperate when it comes to bodies. When you imagine the level of information Wenger had pre-window about his defence, it is staggering he didn’t make a move for a defender. Kieran Gibbs in massively unreliable and injured. Koscielny is carrying a achilles problem. Per Mertesacker is heading into basically his 2nd straight year of football without a rest and is probably due an injury and our third choice centre back is also our back up right back.
This weekend could be stretched. Laurent didn’t go with France because of a head injury, so hopefully the club have treated his foot injury. We really need a result to kick our confidence up a level.
Just before I go, as a quick kick on yesterday and the absurdity that is the internet and the group think pack mentality that happens. Yesterday’s post was supposed to spark a debate, it was written tongue in cheek with a serious question underneath.
The manager hasn’t spoken about his 3rd most expensive player in over a week. He has a smartphone, he has an iPad and he’ll have wifi or a business roaming plan that’ll take care of those pesky international costs. It’d take two minutes to make a call or despatch a whatsapp with a few lines to welcome Welbeck.
That it’s strange is indisputable. That it goes against the grain of best practice PR is undeniable. That I question it, is important.
The reaction. Oh my. Like I’d just questioned validity of Prince George’s lineage at a royal banquet.
… and here’s the thing. No one had a decent justification for it. Why? Because there isn’t any.
‘Player be busy fool’
… isn’t a valid response.
‘Maybe he was on holiday’
Again, not a valid response when we’ve seen the car crash 6 week Brazilian holiday he took this summer.
The critique is interesting. ‘He has an agenda’ some shout… no more of an agenda than a blog that refuses to look deeply into anything. The Welbz-silence is a question fans are asking amongst themselves. I’m a fan. Blogs talk about fan stuff. It’s how it works.
People on the web go in flocks. Cool. If you want bland, whimsical, ‘could be this, but could just be luck or could be jam eating fairies or ‘whatever just support damn team” go to the 500 publications out there who build a reputation on placating people who need agendarised positivity to make it through a morning.
But know this… outside my quite poor scatter gun approach to players I like, transfers I want to happen and emotional approach to writing, this blog follows the narrative of what’s going on more accurately than any publication. One day, it’ll all come in the wash, I promise. It’s just amazing that this earns you the most flack. But I guess in the world of book deals, secret hospitality and a lust to become the media… dissent doesn’t earn you many favours.
Doesn’t fuss me though. The only thing I depend on is what the core readers here think, which is mostly super positive. That’s because this is always honest thoughts and musings. You don’t get that in too many places in this online ecosystem.
Dissent shouldn’t be sneered at, it should be embraced, especially at a club that is suffering because dissent isn’t tolerated at all.
Have a great day… and imagine this… Wenger probably has Whatsapp. Who would be in his group? Would he use emoticons? Could you emoticon a Welbz prezzer?