Yah, just hitting up the gym on regular. In work this morning, publicly making a scene about how great I feel after my 12 minute session yesterday.
‘Oh gosh yeah, really feeling tight this morning. Sometimes, my biggest weakness is pushing myself too hard. Can’t wait for my next sesh in 3 weeks time.’
I’m one of those.
So lots of gossipy news this morning. Firstly, John Cross dropped the SS-bomb online. Yeah, Szczesny Smoking! Can you believe that? No, it’s the triple S because he was caught doing it in the showers.
What I find hilarious is the moral outrage that a tabloid journalist dropped a story like this. Like, it’s not his job to share stories like this.
Why is it important?
1) Who the f*ck smokes in the shower. Real basics here, but smoking fire in a damp environment is pretty dim. He’s not getting the smooth drag he deserves and he probably ruined his lighter.
2) Who has a bad moment in a sporting environment and think sparking up a fag is the way to wangle yourself back into the good books (My mate Tommy over at Hackney Marshes on a Sunday)
3) Why did he have a packet of fags in his bag in the first place? Must be a very regular thing if he carries a box around with him
4) Why would you do it anywhere near the changing rooms unless you were trying to cause trouble? For a start, I’m pretty sure it’s not legal to do so
5) What does it say about your attitude and approach to your professional career when you take actions like that?
I don’t understand why fans don’t think this is an important snippet of information to know about our extremely well compensated number one. I told you in the summer he’d go the way of Alex Song because I knew about these types of moments, it was only a matter of time before he took it too far.
Other things you need to know, leaks happen for a reason. It’s rarely an accident at Arsenal when important news slips out of the club. They allow it, because if JC wasn’t getting that news on good authority he’d earn a ban from the press conferences, which would be costly for him.
So that story has been allowed to leak, maybe becuase a stint on the sidelines is pending.
Same with Lukas Podolski. Admittedly, I had a hardon for him when he arrived, but it was pretty apparent that he wasn’t cutting the mustard after his first season. Yet you rarely read anyone in the press run a take down on him. This week I’ve read false stories about a training ground storm out, then I read a methodical takedown of him in the Telegraph yesterday. All stories that weren’t there when he was a social media darling and part of the managers plans. Same with ‘influencers’ with a proWenger agenda. All banging on about 100+ caps Lukas had when he was here, then when he leaves, he wasn’t ever rated. Playing up to a role instead of being an honest fan… it’s so boring and disingenuous. When ‘superfans’ melt into the press machine… whatever happened to dissent?
If your off the record attitude differs to your online attitude… well, have a word with yourself.
So if that Szczesny story has leaked, chances are, it’s leaked for a reason. This is a culmination of our number one annoying a lot of people. Now he’s probably facing a tough battle to regain his jersey. If he’s not, I’d be surprised. Also… what’s with that fine? £20k when he’s taking close to £100k a week? I’m sure that’ll burn him…
In other gossipy news, Zubizarreta found himself fired over at Barcelona. He’s been their Director of Football for the last 4 years. He’s overseen some success, he’s overseen mild amounts of dross as well. If you’re not winning at Barca, you’re failing hard. So they’ve shifted him on, in the main, because of the transfer ban he picked up. Another who has left the club is his assistant Carles Puyol.
Now, I’m not saying we should sign Zubi (though I have a lot of love for anyone who takes Alex Song off our hands), but that sort of football knowledge would be interesting around the management team at Arsenal. We don’t have any footballing experience around our board. You can look at our explayers and pick from them, but I think it’d be an idea to cast the net wider. I don’t think there are too many of our explayers I’d be interested in. Carles Puyol is looking for a new challenge. It’d be interesting to have someone who captained one of the greatest sides the world has ever known come in and assess what’s going on around the football club.
It might not sit well with Arsene, but if you want to benchmark approaches, you should probably benchmark them against one of the greatest managers on the planet. Are our fitness programmes tailored properly? Does Wenger have a strong camaraderie with the players? If the training methods haven’t changed in 10 years, is that because they don’t have to because they’re amazing, or are they dated? How does our approach to nutrition compare? How sharp is the pregame analysis? How good is the managers in game management? What are the backroom staffers like? Are their cliques? If so, are they damaging? Maybe Colbert is a wizard at his job? Maybe Peyton and Primorac are gods at their jobs? What level are our scouts at? Is buying a player really harder than buying a loaf of bread? Is talent given the freedom to innovate? Is the training ground motivated to be the best?
Wouldn’t it be a smart move to bring in a total independent and give him freedom of the club. Imagine what it’d be like for the players as well to have a legend floating around the club. If he came in and said change was needed because we don’t stack up to the best in the business, wouldn’t that give the CEO some real clout to take on the manager? It would, which is why we won’t do that.
Arsenal run internal reviews that are about as independent and respected as a Police Commission report in this country.
‘Errr, yeah, the injury thing, we found nuffin guvnor… tis lady luck you needs to be speaking to’
Good news for Stoke this weekend, Mesut should be back in contention. Hopefully he’ll be refreshed from all that time out over the last few months. I hope he comes back on fire so we can all stop whacking skippy over Cesc Fabregas. His incisive passing and nonchalant arrogance for sprinting has been sorely missed. Imagine him feeding Theo and Sanchez. Dreamz are made of these moments. It’ll be interesting to see how the manager uses him. I hope it’s not out on the left where he’s pretty ineffective.
The urgency of the club to smash out transfers hasn’t been impressive, as usual. We’ve spoken to Perrin on a personal level, but we’ll be damned if we’ll think of placing a bid this early. Not like we’re desperate is it?
Oh, what’s that? We’re having a like a new signing moment with Coquelin?
“I want him to have a future here,”
“He is one of the players who has gone through difficult times but he kept his focus, worked very hard and I hope he will be rewarded for that. He has matured.”
Why search for talent outside the club when you have an internal solution playing over at Charlton. Genius.
Maybe we can land Suarez on loan? He’s having a shocker over in Spain!
Right, that’s me done. Off to do some standing press-ups. Have a great day, you fitness disgrace.