Happy good morning to you all!
Arsenal finances are out. Mega exciting headlines popping up all over the internet.
‘Do Arsenal finances vindicate the manager?’
I really detest that sort of chat. I mean, how long are people going to keep banging the stadium drum?
Arsene navigated a tough period really well.
Now we’re past that tough period.
We can’t keep reverting back to what once was a kind of viable excuse. We have to look at the ‘now’. Look at the future. Then make a judgement on what’s going on.
We’re not really progressing at the rate a team that’s levelled out some serious cash over the past few seasons. The average age of our squad was 26 against Monaco. We’re not nursing an inexperienced side now, we’re just plain naive and that’s the fault of the management. One of the guys in the Arsenal chat group we had dropped this quote…
‘The worst enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan’
I think firstly, we don’t really have a plan. We have a vision or a style. As Arsenal fans, we get a bit caught up in beautiful football being a talent only Arsenal can enact. Beautiful football can have a plan. Look at how Pep operates. I don’t feel our football has that plan. We have an enforced style that breaks when it’s stress tested.
When you watch that invincibles documentary, you realise how much of that success came from the burning desire and know how of the players. Even in 2004 Wenger had players who could manage themselves and their team mates. Keown, Sol, Paddy and Parlour were all seasoned pros who yearned for victory. I don’t think Wenger has too many players like that in his squad. We are essentially, a very nice team of boys.
We’ve added a bit of grit with Sanchez and Gabriel, which is nice, but those guys need to be managed as well. They need a plan. Sanchez is brilliant, but he very much plays for himself which most of the time seems to work out, but the other night, it was pretty car crash. Someone needs to rein him in… like an Adams or a Vieira would. I don’t think we have anyone in the side who’d have the balls to pull our main man to one side and tell him to play for the team more (not that his English would be good enough!).
My point about the players is they’re not as streetwise as players of yesteryear. They don’t know how to win a league. They don’t know how to change things on the pitch between themselves. So the solution to that is to give players a plan. Give them an edge tactically. Give the players the tools to make them feel more confident about what they’re doing. If you give people a plan, they’ll work to it. Only the very best can operate without a plan. We’re nowhere near having a team good enough not to need a plan.
In fact, I’d question whether you’ll ever have a team that can do what Wenger’s team did back in the day… go a season unbeaten… without a plan! I mean, that’s amazing. However, what is telling, we didn’t do very well in Europe that season. I think Inter beat us 3-0. Always one of the biggest misses of Wenger’s tenure, but also, a sharp light on Wenger’s approach because Euro teams are always very prepared.
Still, in the league, we’re on a good run. 3rd is there for the taking. We just have to stay focused, stay fit and meander our way around some pretty easy games.
Then Wenger ends the season the same way he always does… the fan, sitting there, convinced Wenger knows what’s needed to win it all the next season.
Little clue. He doesn’t. It won’t change until he goes. Even then, we’ll have to cross everything and pray Ivan and co make a smart decision on the replacement. I’m nervous about that, real nervous.
Giroud has come out and held his hands up about the atrocious performance he put in the other night.
“I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong],” he told Arsenal Player.
“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.
You can’t knock that attitude. He didn’t have to apologise. He’s obviously hurting. He’ll bounce back and I’m sure he’ll contribute for the remainder of the season. Trouble is, he’s just not the level we need to be leading the line. He’s important, but he’s not indispensable. We need indispensable if we want to take on the league.
Interesting that some new stuff is on the FIFA agenda. They’re floating the idea of return subs. So you can sub in and sub out. That’s make it really fun. It’d bring a whole new level of tactics to the game! Sin bins are being considered. They’re also looking into reducing the suspension you land for being sent off for a last ditch foul. Triple punishment is extreme. Video replays are also being considered… I mean honestly, they’re being considered in 2015. What a joke!
Actually, the biggest joke is Van Gaal telling the press he doesn’t have a world class striker which is why he can’t win! Way to motivate your team Louis! Such a selfish man.
Finally… my pals Thank Pablo are launching their new single. They are mostly Arsenal fans. Mostly top people. And their new single is brilliant. So, I want you to click play below, and maybe come to the album launch in Hoxton (Come to the launch).
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