Happy afternoon. Why’s the post late? Because I drank all the beer last night and ate all the chicken. Posh chicken from Bird Restaurant. It’s a scene there… like the inner workings of a morbidly obese persons dream… fried chicken everywhere… amazing.
Anyway, back into football… and this weeks addition of ‘Say what?’
‘Szczesny hasn’t trained, Mikel Arteta is out and Yaya Sanogo has problems.’
‘Welbeck will be checked. He had a swollen knee so he wasn’t available for Dortmund.’
‘[Walcott] has a groin problem that he came back from England with. He is not available.’
‘We have been unlucky with injuries. What can you do about it? Not a lot.’
Oh my Arsene, I have some tings to say about deez wurds.
Firstly, Yaya Sanogo is a guy who is on the record as saying he was so screwed from injuries, he considered quitting to become a postman. Now, his injury record, when you look at it, is atrocious. He spent most of last season injured. This season, it’s been exactly the same story.
Now here’s the crazy thing. To play under a Wenger regime, you need to be tough. So, so very tough. Because his methodology doesn’t really work in a way that suits athletes needs. So if you know, as a manager, your methods cause injuries, DON’T BUY INJURY PRONE PLAYERS.
Just a simple rule of thumb really. Why does he always seem to go for players without checking their fitness levels? If a players is broken at youth level, it doesn’t really bode well for them being fit at senior level.
The Walcott injury is another strange one. I don’t know what’s gone on there, but it’s easy to blame England. We’ve seen how poorly we’ve brought back players. Particularly him. Wouldn’t surprise me if he went there in a state. Like Ozil and Laurent did.
As for Arteta, well, that was completely predictable. He’s at an age where he needs to be wrapped in cotton wool.
… and the ‘what can you do about it?’ comment is a total, total joke. It’s a repetitive one. A conversation we have EVERY season. It’s so deflating. I’m demotivated as a fan. I can’t imagine what the backroom team think when they read stuff like that. It must be so depressing. Because there is always something you can do.
Did you watch that video? Did you hear them talk about predictive analytics? Did you see the redzone (mainly for those who think I made that up)?
Why aren’t we using this data. It exists. It works and we partner with IBM. So we have an account with them already. If Wenger truly believe there’s nothing you can do, maybe he needs to be introduced to these guys.
Unless they’re lying.
Play that video over and over and over until Wenger understands, then force him to utilise the data.
I just find it staggering a total sporting layman can find out all of this looking through Youtube and reading sport magazines, yet millionaire businessmen who do it for a living sit idly by and allow the manager to embarrass the club by saying such ignorant things.
Hey, maybe Ivan doesn’t know about this sort of tech. I doubt it though. He just won’t know how to implement something like that into a group of men who think they know best.
There was some good news.
‘January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back because Koscielny is back in the squad, Debuchy will be back I think in two weeks,’
Ozil coming back will also be immense for the run in. It means we’ll make the top four, which means there will be no Wenger leaving. It just means we won’t progress as a football club for another two years.
‘It was a big game of a very, very high intensity and I think we had an outstanding performance. It allows us to qualify for the 15th successive year in the last 16 in Europe.
‘We’re the only team who has done that and we are, of course, very proud of that consistency. It allows us to concentrate on our last game and focus on finishing top of the group.
An excellent achievement. Sad thing about it is we’ve qualified that many times and never won it. For a competition Wenger loves so much, he’s not very good at the business end of it.
We’ll have to wait for a new manager to make an assualt there. One that learns from his mistakes.
Anyway, I’m done. See you later.