Guys, soak that up for a second.
I mean, it’s taking the ‘I have a black friend’ line and moving it to the next level… you actually land a picture on your camera phone to prove how cosmopolitan you are… and actually you end up having an even better proof point because you have many ethnicities involved in your keep safe, obviously, courtesy of betting brand.
Just imagine, for a second, you were the type of person who’d go and stand next to that.
I mean, the deeper issue with pranks like the above… well, it kind of trivialises a really horrible incident.
‘Let’s all laugh at racism’
It’s a pretty grim picture. The more I look at it, the more I can’t believe that any brand would want to be part of something so unbelievably vulgar and out of touch.
ANYWAY. Enough on other clubs.
Today is all about Arsenal. We play Everton at 1405, which is really disappointing, because I’ve had to take a massive one on the chin and live tweet for a brand today. Sad times. But hey, when it’s a football account on the line, sometimes you have to do these things.
So, the narrative of today is this…
> We’re down in the dumps
> We’re not fresh because of Champions League commitments
> We’re being chased by other clubs. United took over 3rd place from us. Liverpool play City, so there’s an outside chance they might gain on us.
So here’s the thing, today is f*cking important. There can be no moping around. If we pick up 3 points today, we have to pick ourselves again because we play QPR in the week. The games are coming thick and fast. We need to show strong mental abilities. We need to show that the game in the week was a blip. We need to work like a team, we need to stay switched on and we need to communicate.
It’s going to be a hard game. Everton have been pretty weak this year, but they have the capabilities in their side to cause problems. Lukaku has destroyed us before, Mirralas is a very good player, they have a lot of power in their side and my guess is they’ll go hard for Mertesacker… because love him or love him… he’s turning into a bit of weak link this season. I’d be tempted to drop him for Gabriel today. Take him out the firing line.
I’d also drop Ospina. Because Martinez will be looking to hammer him today. His unorthodox approach scared the shit out of me. He’s had his chance, he did well for a bit, but I’m not seeing enough in him to risk a big game. Bring back the Pole. See if we get a reaction out of him. Have to say, what didn’t help the Chezzer cause for me was at half time in the week, he was playing the cross bar challenge at halftime. It shows you the lack of focus he has and the immaturity about him that he’d do that…
But, when you know the guy in front of you is a disaster waiting to happen, why worry? WHY BLOODY WORRY?
You know what really upsets me? Fabianski. He had another blinder yesterday. He should have been given back his number one after getting injured last year. He’s more mature, a harder worker and a top bloke. Such a shame we let him go.
Arsene has pulled on of his standard ‘I’m hurt by the criticism‘ responses. He’s also taken on the comments of Jose.
“I have exactly the same pressure [as other managers],”
“I want to win football games and it is a huge disappointment not to win it [against Monaco], but that is also part of the game.
Arsene, this is a lie. The board have basically said you go when you want to go. Our Chairman said at the AGM they back you when you have a plan, look the other way when you don’t. That’s not pressure my friend. That is power at an unprecedented level.
“It is true that in the last four years we have not progressed (into the Champions League quarter-finals) and that is why this result on Wednesday is so disappointing.
“Everything went against us as well on the night – and after that you get always slaughtered, that is part of it.”
Smart planning went against you. That game wasn’t a fluke. That was a result of naivety and not having a plan smart enough to deal with a clever team.
“We have massive games in front of us and we have played two times away from home more than at home [in the Premier League], so the way we play at home is vital.
“The reactions today are always very emotional, but life is not always on a high.
Again, I really don’t like this line of fire. The reactions weren’t emotional. It’s not knee jerk. Most reactions were pretty frank and on the money. We don’t compete because of consistent failure to address our weaknesses. That’s not emotional.
“You have to go through lows and highs, and at the end of the day it is about how consistent you have been in response to disappointments that makes your life.”
We consistently don’t respond to the disappointments. That’s why we’re not at the elite level we should be.
Back to the game.
Up top, I think it’s time to give Theo a run. Get him pressuring the full backs of Everton… because they’re more than capable of destroying us if we put Ozil there like we did in the away leg of the fixture (last year?). Theo might not be the perfect player… but he’s a worry. He puts doubt in teams. I’d like to see us think about our line up today. Offering something surprising. No idea what that could be… but hey, I’m not a football coach.
Right, have a marvellous day… see you in the comments!
P.S. Another plug for my pals in the band @ThankPablo. They’re a blend of Arsenal fans (violinist and drummer) along with Hull and Boro’ fans meshed in. Great blend of FA Cup glory. Top people who need some help from the Arsenal community.
Their single comes out on Monday. Play the video and give them a follow here!