Quick one today, more work shiz on my plate.
Amy Lawrence has penned an interesting take on About Diaby drawing parallels between the Rosicky injury situation back in the day…
For me, harsh as it may sound, you have to give it up. When someone contributes nothing for the best part of four years at a cost of £14m, you have to say enough is a enough. The role that he plays requires an intense level of fitness. He’ll be 29 by the time he gets back into the swing of things, then he’ll be on the way down because that’s what life does to you at that age.
It’s a shame. But listen, we’re not a charity.
There’s another article from Gary Neville about the death of the gaffer. He cites that the manager is no longer the be all and end all. He’s the flag bearer, not the guy that kills the club if he leaves. If you’ve been reading this site over the last couple of years, you’ll know that’s exactly what I’ve been saying.
I own this story.
Gary needs to back off or I’ll give him a big piece of legal action.
Jokes aside. He’s bang on the money. The strength isn’t in the manager, it’s in the infrastructure. It’s the distribution of eggs… don’t stick them in one basket because that basket is creaking if it thinks it can handle all the eggs.
You can’t be the best in class at everything. If you’re running all the departments, you’ll be weaker for it. Arsenal have slowly been chipping away at the control Wenger has behind the scenes (albeit unsuccessfully). They need to start putting things in place now so that when the new manager comes in, his time isn’t spent building out a whole new regime.
Head of fitness is half sorted, the half that’s not sorted is the half that’s still in a job. You’d imagine the scouting network will get an overhaul. I’d guess you’ll see more sport scientists. More data analysts. A whole new philosophy.
It has to be that way because one thing is for sure, we can never, ever, allow ourselves to get into a situation where we have a dictatorial power ruling the roost. The tail should not wag the dog.
Interesting that no sooner had I praised a change in tact in fitness… Sanchez picks up a hamstring injury. Maybe the luck is in not having hundreds of broken players. Shame that, but predictable when you play someone in all the games. Our plan shouldn’t be see how far we can push, it should be see how fresh we keep him…
Anyway, have a great day, see you on the other side.
Gary, I’m coming for you…