Hey, you know what’s more boring than watching paint drying? Painting. Why is the phrase not, ‘boring as painting, mate’.
That was a boring opener . Anyway, onto soccerball, sometimes, I love reading Arsene Wenger comments. When asked about who Sanchez reminds him of he had this to say…
“Ian Wright. He is a bit like Ian Wright. His enthusiasm, the enthusiasm of Ian Wright. He has that. He is very friendly and bubbly every day. He is quieter than Ian Wright but that is not difficult and he doesn’t get booked.
“He has had a bit of a winter break now, [one] that he didn’t really want but he got one and I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season. It was difficult for him not to play [against Spurs]. If it was the last game of the season he would have played.’
He’s absolutely nailed it with that. Ian Wright. Makes so much sense. If you watch how Ian Wright used to tear around the pitch, they’ve a similar style. You forget how fast Wrighty was until you look back on the videos.
It’s also good news that Sanchez has had a break. Even better that he was rested against Spurs. I don’t care that he could have played, sometimes you have to pick your battles. It’s doubtful he’d have made much of a difference, especially if he wasn’t 100%. When you read Wenger’s comments, it sounds like he’s being educated to a degree in the background. That’s good news.
Tonight, we have the opportunity to smash up Leicester and restore a bit of confidence after we hashed up the Spurs game at the weekend. If anything is important over the next few months, it’s the little games like tonight. Pearson has found it tough in the Premier League. He didn’t invest heavily, I think he probably underestimated the intensity (I mean, Konchesky at full back was always going to be a disaster) and he’s not been able to restore confidence. But hey, football at that level is about yo yo promotions. Go up, make a load of cash, go down, spend well and build a stronger side so eventually you can sustain a 5 year burst in the league.
Tonight, I hold out little hope of them taking much from us… it’ll be a game we’ll take seriously because of how poor our form was on Saturday. I’d like to see us setup with flair on the mind. We need to rack up some goals and exploit their full backs. Would also be great to see Chuba at some point, these are the games to cut your teeth in.
I’d start with Rosicky over Ramsey, maybe look for a front three of Theo, Giroud and Ozil (I know). Midfield will be pinned by Coquelin and I’d guess we’d see Santi in there. There’s talk that Bielek will be in the squad. Crazy that a 17 year old can walk into our first team, he’s either incredible, or he caught Wenger doing something very dodgy on Chatroulette.
I’m calm about this evening. I’m not making the game sadly, but if you are, thank to good lord the weather is slightly warmer than it was. No ice brick feet!
Will Ospina retain his spot? Big shout. Big, big shout.
Right, have a good one, today, I’ll be mostly going through the UEFA Elite Injury Study.
P.S. Some of the papers are genuinely running with a story that Madrid are keeping tabs on Harry Kane. Best story ever.
Not as funny as Robert Huth coming back into contention after a two game suspension for playing #CockOrNoCock online.