Back in the hood today, the Essex Hood. I knew my brother was at home when I landed at my parents house last night…
The Christmas Kebab… such a mistake. I know some of you made it last night. It’s so tempting. What you don’t realise is that it increases your hangover by at least 32%. I steered well away, which is why I can deliver a relatively sober post this morning.
BIG GAME tomorrow against QPR. Well, it shouldn’t be, but because Charlie Austin is scoring so many goals and it’s a London Derby, you never know what can happen. My guess is this will be a relatively straight forward win for us. It all works in our favour. They have us, Palace and Swansea over the next 7 or so days. They have a low chance of taking points from us. So I’d imagine they’ll keep some players back for freshness against the teams they should be looking for higher points gains.
Wenger is talking about rotation. It’s always interesting listening to him talking about something he really hasn’t ever been good at. He sounds so authoritative.
“The difficulty is finding the right balance between rotation and the balance of the side without destabilising it. Therefore you sometimes have to limit the numbers of rotation,”
“Secondly, it’s easier to rotate in the offensive positions than in the defensive positions, where the understanding of each other is very important. You try to combine and you also have to look at the individual fatigue factor.”
We rarely find the right balance. The point of a squad is you use it. Wenger doesn’t like to, and we normally suffer. We’ve suffered because we’ve fatigued players all season. When the crunch comes, we suffer because we’re crippled. The first point there is that for a game like QPR, you could easily introduce Campbell, Podolski and Rosicky. There’s no reason you couldn’t. They’d all be up for it, they’d all be fresh because they’ve had zero minutes… then you could bring the calvary on if need be after 60minutes. That’d make sense and wouldn’t disrupt anything. QPR really have been poor this season.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) December 25, 2014
The second point, when he talks about difficulty in rotating defenders. Well, it’s not really a point. We have a right back playing at centre back, we have a kid playing right back and we have a left back with no understanding of how to fit into a system. We don’t rotate because we don’t have the bodies to do so. But, if we did, there’s no reason we couldn’t be sharing out the work load for games like this.
I read a Telegraph interview where an inside source of the author says ‘overplaying is a bit of a myth’… kind of a curve ball insider quote to drop because the nature of the word indicates too much of something. It’s never ok to overplay someone. Chelsea don’t overplay their players, they manage their fitness so they can handle more games. If you have a computer game style health bar, you can use that how you want, 60% in games 40% in training… but if you add 60% to training, you might have problems.
It’s interesting watching how the media works to convince you that there’s more to our fitness issues than just nailing down the total basics. Put a famous paper above an article and any old bollocks carries weight. I’m not suggesting it’s easy to sort our problems, all I’m saying is that when you have a club with the resource of Arsenal, it shouldn’t be difficult to find someone who can nail it.
BUT IT’S CHRISTMAS. So let’s forget about all that nonsense until tomorrow!
This is the big Christmas thank you. This is the moment I tell you you’re all amazing. This is when I tell you that I can’t believe we’re moving into our 8th year of writing daily.
Honestly, the best Christmas gift I could receive is you knocking on the Le Grove door every morning at 9am (ish). I’ve been told my server needs to be upgraded to handle you all. It’s an honour and a privilege to write for so many great people. It’s been a tough old slog at time this year, but jeez, there’s nothing more fun than getting up every morning to chat to you lot. There’s nothing better than meeting people who share the same passion for Arsenal we do… from all over the world.
Merry Christmas, thanks for making Arsenal so f*cking bearable, and let’s toast to a better Arsenal… because I promise you, when this is all over, we’ll reach the promised land and we’ll look back on these years and laugh!
TO ARSENAL! TO YOU!
BIG LOVE from all at Le Grove xxx