Late post today? Why? Smashed my teeth eating a lobster. Most middle class injury since I splintered my hand on a Camembert box.
So what did I think of Spurs?
Sorry, not today people. I’m not playing those games. Serious face on.
I thought it was flat. I thought we were dull. I felt like there was no vision again. I know I keep referencing it, but when you’re a top club there has to be a vision of how you want to play. What does that look like for Arsenal? Is it short one touch passing? Is it explosive counter attacking football? Is it high line pressing? I can’t see what we stand for and I can’t see what we’re trying stand for. I can’t see why Wenger buys players and doesn’t have a plan of how to activate their talent.
Does Wenger even talk to the players? He doesn’t during the game. It certainly doesn’t ever feel like there’s a reaction from them. I also think it’s worth referencing what I said post deadline day. When Wenger failed to do his job properly, he gave the players a licence to fail. Now, that won’t necessarily manifest itself in literal failure, but in a game of marginal gains with people who are prone to switching off… well, it could be that two percent of half arsed behaviour that makes the difference.
Mourinho made excuses about failure all last season and he paid for it when his team failed. He SHOULD have won the league with that team. He gave them an excuse to fail because he didn’t have a striker and he consistently complained about it. The Arsenal boys are football fanatics as well. They can see the sorry state our defence is. They can see Calum Chambers has been unfairly tossed into he firing line. It’s not good enough and it once again shows Wenger’s contempt for the psychological nature of the game.
What’s else isn’t great is the injury pile up that’s occurring. What really hacks me off is the glee in which people come at me, like the whole premise of our fitness being the responsibility of Arsene was incorrect, or that it’s amusing it’s still looking like a sh*t show. Or even worse, that people still believe in the ‘lady luck’ theory… like Arsenal spilt red wine on her party dress and didn’t apologise. In some respects, we have been unlucky. Debuchy blowing out his knee is bad luck. Jack rolling on his ankle is bad luck. Aaron picking up a hammy… well, something is up there. Arteta picking up another injury, well, he picks up a lot of injuries… is he being looked after by the people who train him?
The major issue as I see it is that we’ve brought in a new guy and asked him to help… but, you know, could you help by working into the current set up. We basically have two Heads Of Fitness at the club.
Now come on. Have a think here. Two heads of fitness and one Master of the Universe. How is that supposed to work? Can you imagine going into a new company and being asked to work with Sgt Colbert. Doesn’t exactly look the most dynamic of chaps and we know his work has been faaaaaar from dynamic based on previous achievements such as ‘8 injured left backs’ of 2006 or the ‘most injured table topping 2013-14 season’. So my point here is that Shad is looking very much like the hat tip signing… you know, like when a celebrity gets caught cheating on their wife they go to sex therapy to treat their addiction.
Is Shad just a luxury signing? Because the way I see it is this… he took a German squad that mostly all played in the Champions League, all had tough seasons playing in all the major trophies… and kept them fit and firing in one of the most fast paced hottest world cups of all time. Now he’s here and our team is breaking in exactly the same way we were last year.
Something ain’t right… and I have a feeling it’s probably not the new guy that’s the issue here.
… but hey, I might be wrong, this might all be one luck driven nightmare… but that would be a very unanalytical and naive way to blow an excuse out into the web.
Many things to ponder. We needs to kick our season up the arse and sharpish.