Day two of 2015. Not good. I’m going for a month off the booze. I’m already regretting that idea. A whole month? Is it really necessary? Will my body truly appreciate this grand offering?
I hope so. I wanna be banging out 3 minute miles by February.
Ok, so the kick on from yesterday is that things are going to get better by proxy of who we have coming back into contention. However, what we can’t expect is major progress or an assault on the trophies.
We’re still struggling with fitness. We have the worst record in the league again this year and that’s going up against some stiff competition with Martinez, who is having a nightmare in his second season… and LVG who is having a nightmare on the injury front but getting away with it in the league.
It’s amazing that pundits and fans alike are pushing the notion that it’s some sort of incredible jinx that we’re going through. It sits with the manager. The difference between the best record in the league… Chelsea… and Arsenal… is not luck. It’s prepartion, it’s the right blend of players, it’s the right mix of rest and training intensity. It’s just staggering that our reaction to having the worst injury record last season was to bring in someone better whilst still giving control to Tony Colbert… who is so far out of his depth it’s embarrassing.
That right there is self interest off the chart. We have a manager who’d rather keep his mate in control and fail on the pitch, than sack his mate and kick on to better things. We’ll look back on the fall of Arsene in years to come and go, ‘wow, I can’t believe the club let him get away with so much’… because believe me, the book on Wenger not sanctioned by him will blow your mind. The cronyism and ineptitude is staggering at Arsenal…
Anyway, we’re sniffing around Sissokho, a pal who knows people around Newcastle reckons this rumour is hot. I’m not sure he’s quite the DM we’re looking for. He’s always looked more of a Diaby career killer to me. Languid runnings style, box to box power with solid technical ability. It puts size and power into a midfield dearly lacking it and it brings in Premiership proven experiences. For me, we’d still need one more. I’d love it if we actually sigined a specialist midfielder who could shield the defence, rather than opting for Sissokho and hoping he’ll be disciplined in that role.
Lukas Podolski kicked off at the papers for lying about a training session storm out where he was actually ‘injured’… love the German, but my suspicion is he’s protecting himself so he can escape the club. Who’d blame him, he’s been treated quite poorly considering his talent and his professional attitude. He’ll absolutely smash it in Italy. Slower paced league would suit his skillset and you don’t need much to look good in that Inter Milan team. Good luck to him.
That means on Sunday, against Hull, we’ll have Joel Campbell leading the line. About time he landed a game. Number 100 in the top 100 players of last year. He must be miffed he can’t get in ahead of the hopeless Yaya Sanogo. Again, hoping he can do something. Show the manager he’s a good player and make himself important for the run in. It’ll be interesting to see how heavy the rotation is for the weekend. I mean, it should be really, Hull have been weak this season and we need to start resting some of our more important players.
I’ve also heard other whisperings that Gnabry could be off to Brentford to play with John Toral. That’d be interesting for his career becuase it’s absolutely stalled over at The Arsenal.
This muppet took the Stoke incident and added 50%. Ran over to the bench, didn’t get much of a reaction. Quite amazing really. It now appears to be a ‘thing’ to say things straight to Arsene. Still, at least he can’t moan people complain behind his back. Sad times when fans feel pushed into this sort of behaviour. You can look at the individual… or you can look at the root cause of the problem. Fans, skint following their club don’t feel the manager is taking his job seriously. That’s a bad vibe to get.
When the cat stands in front of the TV… https://t.co/ZwDg4jc05z
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) January 1, 2015
Finally, this video just about sums up what I mean about Koscielny. Some people had an issue with me flagging Koscielny’s attitude. I’ve had the same view since September. He looks uninterested. Needs to lift his game ASAP.