— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 5, 2014
Quite a way to open the post. Have I misinterpreted that tweet? Have Arsenal mistranslated the words? Or has Wenger truly lost his mind?
I’ve been over this before. Abou Diaby has a horrendous injury record. I think last time I wrote about him like this, it was a month ago and he was ‘close to being fit’, then he picked up an injury. Now he’s close to being fit again and Wenger is talking about a new deal. Come the end of the season, if he plays the full term without picking up an injury, he still won’t have proved anything.
He’s 28 years old. A professional football hits their physical peak at 29. He’s never been in peak condition. He never will be. So we’re basically giving him a shit tonne of cash for no reason. I find the consideration that we’d even think about it absurd… not to mention pretty grubby. I mean, we’re not interested in paying a living wage to some of the poorest paid people in society, but we’d consider giving someone who has contributed a total of zero to the club a new £3.5m contract.
Another example of the tail wagging the dog. Ivan should be in there kiboshing any talk of such a deal. I don’t even know how you’d build a case for giving him a new deal. If I want to give someone a payrise where I am now, I have to pull together a pretty robust reasoning for doing so… you know, to prevent me handing out mega money to my favourites.
Not that I have any favourites if anyone from work is reading this.
I hate having to write about it, because any manager worth their salt wouldn’t even consider it. I think Jose Mourinho sold Robben, one of the most talented widemen on the planet at the time, because he was too injury prone. That’s what proper managers do. They recognise that fitness is the most important factor at the more elite end of the game. Ronaldo is who he is because he’s not only an incredible footballer, he never, ever picks up an injury. Thierry was the same. Messi is the same.Rewarding a broken player sends out totally the wrong message… it’s like we’re a charity.
Anyway. Rant over. Just another comment that goes to show he just ain’t got it anymore.
Some more interesting comments on Sanchez.
“He is in the red zone,”
“You can see that when he plays but he can dig deep. He played his 27th game on Wednesday since the start of the season, if you consider international games and travelling on top of that. Unfortunately you never know how far you can push it. We are not scientific enough to predict that completely but he has good recovery potential. He recovers very quickly.”
Why do we need to push him at this stage of the season? Does he need to play every single game? Can’t we rest him, or take him off at half time if we’re winning games? Shouldn’t we be rotating him rather than play Russian roulette with his season? That above comment is Wenger all over. I get that you have to push players at the back end of a year, but surely the skill is in having fresh players by utilising your squad.
Alex Ferguson took a very average squad of players to the Premier League because he was the master of managing fitness. He used his key players sparingly at the start of the season so they’d be fresh for the run in. That’d involve resting key players against teams you know you have beaten before you play. Arsenal don’t need to play their superstars every game. We should be able to bring in Joel Campbell, Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski against the weaker sides. Give them some game time so they don’t get rusty, give superstars some rest time so they’re not in the redzone, make sure everyone is happy and they feel valued.
Arsene is like a fan. He puts his best 11 out every time. That used to cut it, but now the league is so fast and so physical you can’t sustain that sort of approach.
Olivier Giroud has looked fantastic since he came back. You know why? Because he’s fresh. The second half of last season he was totally ruined. You can’t play when you’re ruined.
Our approach to fitness looks exactly the same as it was last year. Mainly because it’s being managed by the same person, secondly, because it doesn’t matter who is running the fitness, if the manager wants to start the same team every game, he’ll start the same 11. That my friends, is why we’ll not sustain a league challenge and it’s why we’ll continue to see massive pile ups on the injury front.
How can a man be so blind when the injury pile is so damaging and so clearly there for him to see?
Great thing is, you don’t have to listen to me tell you about his approach, he’s publicly stating that what I’ve told you all along is bang on the money. Thanks Arsene. One of the few Press Conferences I’ve actually enjoyed.
Right, that’s my rant out for the day. Exciting stuff on the horizon, that Youtube channel I was talking about is getting closer to a reality. Hopefully we can do something to compliment the other great Youtubers in January.
Have a good one.