Happy good morning to you all. Has the dust settled? Do you need a read that’ll hoover up all that misery with the force of two Dyson handhelds? I think you do.
This weekend we take on Everton. Arguably our sternest test since City. Why? Well, it’s all to play for in the league with United and now Liverpool in the mix for 4th (even though they have a shocker of a run). We were run off the park by Palace, we were out played by Monaco and now we’ll go to Everton knowing what the teams around us have done the day before. Everton is a test of mental strength. The players will be embarrassed, down and tired. They have to lift themselves. They have to prove to the fans they’re a proper team.
Bouncebackability… let’s bring back that word, for this weekend, we need it in the truckload.
What is apparent is we desperately need a new keeper. Ospina is underperforming so badly at the moment, it’s almost worth dropping him for Sunday. I don’t trust him watching him, I can’t imagine what it’s like playing with him. He’s a car crash that’s happening. Let’s put an end to this madness and just bring in Chezzer. Never thought I’d hear myself saying that. Interesting that Opta has him down with the best save percentage ratio in the Premiership. Be interesting to understand how they calculate save, that man tips a duffed back pass around the post. Statistics are important, but standalone doesn’t tell you much.
This is my issue with some of the accounts that tweet statistics. They’re not analysts. You rarely see good data or actual insight. Anyone can open up a £3 a month stats account… not many can actually tell you a story worth listening to. Even those who can tell a story tend to bore you into oblivion with over the top complexities you’re not supposed to understand. We used to get that a lot in social media. Agencies would claim they undertook social listening, which was basically just a pie chart that counted bad words against good words. They’d sell that as social insights. BUT THERE WERE NO INSIGHTS AND THE DATA WAS INACCURATE. Drove me cray. Totally cray.
Anyway, numbers beef aside, Wenger needs to go big this summer. He needs to curb the urge to buy another average goalkeeper… I’m sure he does it on purpose so not to scare his favourite too much. We need someone like Lloris.
Another player it’s clear we need is a centre midfielder. We need a player to boss the middle of the park. It’s clear Ramsey has lost his sparkle. We can’t depend on that coming back. Jack? Jury is out. He is a man of regression. Coquelin? Jury is out. We need someone who is consistent, a player who makes a difference and someone who has the power and pace you need. That man is Schneiderlin. I love him. He’s going to make it all better. In fact, here’s my idea… and you’re going to like it. Let’s go £40m for Morgan AND Forster. What you saying?
I can hear you… you’re saying it’s great idea.
I guess the final piece of the jigsaw is a world class striker. We can’t keep pretending that Giroud is going to become Drogba next year because he reached 50 goals quicker. We can’t rely on WELBZ becoming a world class finisher over night, that’ll take hard work and time… and Chuba is too young. We need to find world class talent. We need to do it this summer. Suarez would be nice. Let’s do that.
HERE IS AN IDEA: You tell me the best strikers in Europe who are attainable and I’ll run with them tomorrow. Together, we are stronger.
HOT DOGS: I noticed that the buns had improved and the product looked delicious at the game in the week. Is this because Alex has been hitting Delaware hard with his bitching about the dry dogs? I hear so. Power of bitching, erryday.
So… that time, you write about your anger about seeing something go off in the stadium and you don’t have the full story? Yeah, that happened (I think writing without the facts is called modern journalism… ZING). One of the guys who was in amongst the fans having an argument about standing got in touch.
Story goes, no one was standing. A drunk guy decided he wanted to go solo. Steward told him to sit. When the steward went. He stood and was quite obnoxious to those around him. So he was told off. His standing was forcing everyone else to stand.
So where do you go with this? You can see it from both angles. The stander wants to stand in a big game. But the people around him don’t. This is a common issue. I quite often have an older lady behind me who likes to sit. She’s no tourist. But I like to stand and can’t see if I sit. I’m over 6ft. She certainly struggles with the view.
So what do you do? What do the club do? For me, it splices open the safe standing debate. I want to stand at games. All the games, unless I’m nursing a hangover… Then I want to exercise the right to lie down. These guys have landed in an altercation because they’re sticking up for the majority around them. Which really, is a commendable action considering some of the debate we had last week about people keeping their mouths shut when bad behaviour is going off. But is there an issue when the majority vibe is to sit?
Ideally, for the atmosphere, we’d want the majority standing. But I’m talking as a 30 year old man, I’m not everyone and my view is populist. Football is for everyone. Problem is, the club cater for sitters, not standers. We need to open up standing. Cheaper tickets, more noise, more people and an acceptance that all fans do not sure the same taste.
… funny, we cater upwards! If you have money, you can get a damn beer in the Champions League! I know you need that. But, I’m being populist again. Fuck the rich.
Anyway, always two sides of a story. Where do you stand on this one?