The League Cup is losing its sheen… it used to be about the fancy new imports, now it’s a pain in the arse fixture we can’t take seriously because we don’t have a squad capable of handling it.
I mean seriously, read that line. Our squad can’t deal with the pressure of a league cup game in September.
Our defence was incredibly make-shift because it had to be. Issac, Coquelin and Bellerin with less collective Premier League than Ross Barkley. The rest of the side dotted with players who are out of favour.
The result, well, a deserved 2-1 beating. Outside a delightful Sanchez freekick, not too much to shout about.
I’m not that fussed, the League Cup will cause us fitness issues this season because Wenger still doesn’t seem to be getting the hang of what a modern fitness regime looks like. It’s still slightly disheartening that the cup in which we were always the main draw has now turned into a tournament we have to sacrifice.
Arsene Wenger pointed out the reason we struggled was there for all to see… sure it was, it was clear that a summer of bad transfer planning has led us to a situation where we don’t have much to choose from.
Still, it is what it is, I’d take a loss against Southampton if it means we spank Spurs at the weekend.
In other news, Stan has been taking money out of the club in fees. £3m went the way of his US company. It’s basically pinching a dividend. It’s not surprising and to be honest, it wouldn’t bother me if he was driving the club forward. He’s not. We have a manager who does what he likes because the owner is in awe of him, we have CEO who can’t make the changes he needs to because he’s powerless because of the last point and the owner doesn’t ever put his hand in his pocket… which is clearly hampering our ability to secure better commercials.
If Stan had propped the club up 5 years ago when we needed him, and we’d won a few things, we’d have commercials far close to United’s. Brands want to associate themselves with winners. Nike don’t seek out great financial planning when they’re pulling together their sports portfolio.
Anyway, disappointing day all round. And it’s raining.
More tomorrow. Adios.