Oh hells yeah, this is a morning post… before 9am. How you feeling about that?
Pretty good, I hope.
I find it amazing that every time Arsenal build up a bit of a steam, someone in the media tries their damndest to create a story out of nothing. Phil Neville kicking off about Rosicky’s ‘no look’ pass… I mean, come on. Really? A man who played with Cristiano in his prime show-pony days is bitching about a bit of entertainment?
It’s really weak. As weak as the pundits complaining about the lack of respect shown when Santi chipped his penalty against Newcastle. Fans are there to be dazzled. When they dazzle, applaud, whoever you support… that’s what the game is all about.
Bitch about disrespectful challenges. The same challenges most of our backward punditry lap up as ‘part of the game’.
I do find it interesting, that even with a core of English players, we still have this sort of coverage levelled against us.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t brutalise the press like LVG and Mourinho do. I mean, look how poorly LVG is doing and he gets off so lightly because he says mean things and boasts an acid tongue. Same with the refs. Our niceness is our weakness.
I love innovation, me. It makes me feel modern. I like that in a game that’s well over a million years old, teams still try out bizarre new techniques. This is Nice defending a freekick.
I mean, honestly, what a great idea. The guy taking the freekick now isn’t aiming over a relatively static wall, he’s trying to tip the ball over a keeper who can throw his hand high enough to beat the dip. Such a clever idea. The players is concentrating on the keeper. The defenders stand on the line. I love it.
Arsenal have been creating additional revenue streams through the illegal farming of high grade ‘medical’ cannabis.
Pretty cool pic right? I don’t know where it came from, so apologies if I’ve just shat all over your IP. Board meetings are going to be way fucking trippy. Can’t wait to see next years away kit.
In other news, one of my pals who runs The Haggerston (Gooner pub, excellent venue) has taken a course in Tattoo artistry. He’s not charging at the moment, but would appreciate any volunteers. He’s got this thing about neck tatts at the moment… so drop me a line if you’re interested.
Guys, come on.
Jeeeeeez. Let that settle in.
Ok, moving on. I had an interesting article sent in by Tom about Leinsters injury problems. They had 20 players out at one point. They looked for internal solutions and managed to get things back on track. It’s interesting, because they used to have that side of the game nailed, then it all went wrong.
There was a lot of soul searching,” Tobin continued. “We audited ourselves – the strength and conditioning and physio departments – with a lot of honestly back and forth to try and see where the holes were that needed to be filled.
“There were little 10 per centers in a lot of areas that probably contributed to some of it.
The 10%er comment is interesting. Because those little misses here and there contribute to bigger problems. That happens in all lines of work. The strength is in identifying the issues early. Easier said than done. But, Arsenal are back on top of their issues. It feels like we’re taking R&R seriously now. So there’s been a reaction to the mess that happened earlier in the year. What that was, who knows… point is, we’re seeing the benefits (or we’re not and this is a fluke). Santi is on fire, Sanchez hasn’t broken and we’ve a new powerhouse Ozil back in the frame. Happy days, long may it last.
Finally, Liverpool are plotting a move for Chuba. This would make me sad. Give him a new deal Arsene. Make him rich and happy.
Right, that’s your lot today. Have a good one. No, an exceptional one laced with many treasurely moments.