You don’t know football, bro | Wenger demands Spursday Night Football

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That’s how children write blog intros.

So what have we over here?

I read that the guys over at Arsenal Fan TV nailed 50m views. A quite incredible achievement. They’re like, proper celebrities. An amazing achievement in such short time. They’ve attained the absolute pinnacle of social media, becoming part of fans social routine. They’re part of the theatre. They get a lot of shit as well, but that’s what happens on the internet if you do something well. I have huge admiration for what they do, long may it continue.

In football news, it’s amazing how much of a divide Ozil causes. Some people thought he did a bad job the other night, some think he was amazing. I can see both sides of the argument. I thought he put more a shift in the other night, it still has more work to go before he’s Premiership ready. The intensity isn’t quite there when defending. But it’s getting better.

Moving the ball forward, he’s electric. That’s fine against weaker teams, the trouble comes against the better teams that can take advantage of his relaxed approach to tracking. He becomes a weaker link. You can carry that against poor players, not against teams that have a plan and ability to kill you. But hey, looks like something is happening behind the scenes to kick him up the backside.

What I can’t stand is this football hipsterism that says, ‘oh, if you can’t see that he is amazing all the time, you don’t know football’… I mean, come on, please f*ck off with that.

‘I watch football at a deeper level and I won’t explain what I see’

You have to take both sides of the argument. Ozil is different level going forward. Movement on the ball, off the ball, the science behind his passing. However, you have to accept he goes missing sometimes. When he goes missing, he’s gone. He’s not conjuring up superpowers in the corner. He’s just not there.

This is an extreme example, but people used to say the same things about Denilson.

‘If you can’t see what Denilson does, you don’t get the game’

Look how that panned out. Ozil has work to do on his game. Simple as that. He has to work on his weak points. Like Giroud arguably has done this season.

Sanchez is a bigger concern. His form has dipped immensely. He’s not at the races. It’s not a surprise his fitness is being managed badly. I’ve said for weeks we should be resting him where we can, but we don’t, we see a dip in form, then we’ll see him crocked for the big games. Take him out the spotlight. Send him away for a few days. Get some energy back in those legs and give someone else a go.

“Maybe it would be better not to advance from the group phase and play the Europa League than be eliminated right away in the last 16,”

“We would have more chances to win a title.”

Yah man. Wenger said the above. Not sure of the context. But I don’t like the comment. Maybe it’d be better to approach the games in a smarter way. Maybe it’d be better to actually hold an inquisition into the failings. Because they’re consistent. It’s not like defensive frailty or tactical naivety are new on the agenda.

Newcastle at the weekend is super important because Liverpool and United are playing. We need to be rested, on our game and ready to go to war. It’s the most important three points we’ll have on all day. It’s a chance to pull away. Create a gap. Make the pack chase us. Build momentum before the Liverpool game the weekend after.


Right, reckon that’s all I have time for.

Keep it real playerz!

Oh, and check out my latest piece for ESPN. The comments and the grief I get off the back of those articles is sheer comedy.



390 Responses to “You don’t know football, bro | Wenger demands Spursday Night Football”

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  1. salparadisenyc

    Klopp and Garcia both sifting through the mire.
    Everton wobbling and seem to be looking for an exit as well.

    Back to Klopp, really odd watching them against Juve last night. Could of easily swapped colour and been Arsenal. Had all the hallmarks of barking without the necessary bite. Punished repeatedly and exited stage right. Reus a non entity.

    Once Bayern emasculated Garcia’s side in Europe, nothings gone right. Driving in reverse. Think Garcia could quite possible leave at season’s end which would be a bit sad really after a very promising start.

  2. MidwestGun

    Sal –
    I have 2018 WC
    Germany 5-1
    Argentina 7-1
    Spain. 8-1
    Brazil. 8-1
    France 10-1
    Holland 12 -1
    Italy. 14 -1
    Russia,England, Portugal, Belgium 20-1
    Colombia 22-1
    Chile 50 -1
    Urugauy 66 -1
    Usa 80 -1. Hahaha. Nice one…. is Klinsmann betting?

    Get your bets in early.

  3. salparadisenyc

    Thanks Kwik

    I’m off to visit Pamela Handerson, fittest trainer in the game.
    5 sisters ain’t bad either.

  4. Dan Ahern

    Colombia looks a nice price. It’s all a huge gamble this far out, but they’ll be led by a 27-year-old James Rodríguez and tons of their current defenders are pretty young, so it may be the same generation through to that WC.

  5. karim


    Liste pour le Brésil (26 mars) et le Danemark (29 mars)

    Gardiens: Lloris, Mandanda, Ruffier

    Défenseurs: Evra, Jallet, Koscielny, Sagna, Sakho, Trémoulinas, Varane, Zouma

    Milieux: Gonalons, Kondogbia, Matuidi, Payet, Schneiderlin, Sissoko

    Attaquants: Benzema, Fekir, Giroud, Griezmann, Lacazette, Valbuena.

  6. salparadisenyc

    2026 is likely to be a dual hosting of Inner Mongolia and DPR of Korea.
    Played out on the Warner Bros. backlot in Studio City.

  7. salparadisenyc

    Yes but that doesn’t answer the original question of the odds on Wenger managing the Arsenal through 2022.


    72 and on it.

  8. MidwestGun

    Sal –
    Ohhh is that what i was supposed to look up. Hahaha. Thought you were trying to make a cheeky bet on France your retirement plan… i was confuzeded.

  9. MidwestGun

    Odds on next Arsenal manager.
    AW – 5 -1
    Klopp 9-1
    Pep. 18-1
    Martinez 20-1
    Koeman. 20 -1
    Bergkamp 20 -1
    Laudrap. 25 -1
    Di Matteo. 25 -1
    Villas Boas 33 -1
    Simeone 33 -1
    Bould. 33 -1
    Mancini 33 -1
    Ancelotti 40-1
    Henry. 40 -1

    This what you wanted Sal?
    Ancelotti 40 -1
    Henry. 40 – 1

  10. salparadisenyc

    What a collapse… never was clamoring for Martinez to come in.
    Its at 5-1, bet it gets worse.

    Thats, Klopp, Garcia and Martinez all having poor seasons. Klopp seems to be rite’in the ship… a bit… maybe. Everton could be into the relegation scrap on the heals of this utter mare in Kiev.

  11. MidwestGun

    Martinez’s odds might be moving down as we speak. Lol.

    I’ll admit i liked Martinez but not necessary this summer. Always thought would wait and see what he could do.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Really do need to start helping out teams in Europe. The Barcelona manager was saying today I think he laughs at Premier League teams having to play on Boxing Day and through the winter period.

    Would be horrible to have a prolonged break from football, but if domestically and in terms of UCL our team look the better for it, so be it.

  13. salparadisenyc

    Dragovic is beast, not a bad diver either has a bit of Ivanovic in him.
    Oooh that came out all wrong.

  14. Follow the money

    Re Sanchez one more to add to the seemingly endless list of players who come to us and turn to crap after six months. If Wenger were actually a good manager players would get better under him. See Arshavin etc

  15. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Unless we drop one of the international ‘breaks’ I’m not sure how we do it though.

    And even then, did any of the PL clubs go out because of fatigue ?

    We didn’t, Liverpool and Spurs look like they’re full of beans, ManC weren’t tired, they were just massively outplayed

    Everton’s problem wasn’t fatigue, just poor defending

    Chelsea’s might be, but then if Wenger had played his players as much as Mourinho, we’d all be blaming him for overplaying everyone.


  16. Cesc Appeal


    It’s definitely a factor though, we press on through the winter at full tilt and have played a good few more games than our opponents by the first knock out game.

    I mean Monaco had nothing to do with fatigue, just abysmal planning and play in the first leg, but the FA should become more friendly to our European teams, particularly UCL, no one gives a shit about Europa.

  17. Nasri's Mouth


    I’m not sure we can say it’s definitely a factor, or a least a measurable one that has a worthwhile effect, but even if we say it is, how do we get round it?I guess the only plausible way would be to lengthen the span of the season, otherwise what we gain at the beginning of the Jan, we lose somewhere else

  18. Le Prof


    ‘So many f**kboy/part-time Arsenal fans out there. Shame to see. It’s like a lot of them never knew Arsenal pre-Henry/pre-Wenger. Bandwagon jumpers. Arsenal has been about for years and will continue to be, it’s a fantastic institution. Is it flawless? No. Are there various areas that can be improved? Of course. But the sense of entitlement some have is amazing.

    I never started supporting Arsenal because we won/were successful, it was an emotional connection/attachment I had from the first time the old man ever took me to a game. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want success. I invest a lot in Arsenal each year, I want better. And we can do better. But the way some Arsenal fans talk is baffling. Like unless we’re top of the tree, the world is falling down. Get a grip man.

    Football, like life, is full of ups and downs. Support the team at all times, even if you don’t agree with the way things are going/the set-up is run. You’re never gonna be top of the tree all the time. Take the rough with the smooth. Like I say, we can/should do better. But if you supported Arsenal for the easy ride, you should just f**k off really.’

    Absolutely. Amen.

    It’s hard to articulate on here sometimes what you’re thinking, especially when emotions are running high but you’ve smashed that one out of the park.

    Nice work.

  19. kwik fit

    True Dan we really new a world class finisher on the end of those sublime passes. Having said that I think Ozil has upped his game and in mid week he was as good as I’ve seen him.

  20. london gunner

    Dan Ahern

    What about Welbeck? What about Giroud or Sanchez?

    Lets not blame Walcott for Ozil’s failings.

    Sure Ozil is great player and he is improving this season, but he is hardly making great passes. So far his passing game is still rather basic.

    I think everyone needs to chill on overhyping Ozil because at this stage he isn’t playing any better than tadic of southampton or sigurdsson of swansea.

    Right now he isn’t playing anywhere near WC.

  21. Arseology

    Bendtner scores for Wolfsburg.
    Yup… TGSTEL – Bendtner.
    They should just go ahead and give him the Ballon D’or so that Messi & Ronaldo can stop embarrassing themselves trying to compete with him.

  22. N5

    Although I don’t know what we’re oh dearing London as I’ve only just got here, you must see the irony in your fanboy comment?

  23. N5

    Lol mad love for Coq tickled me!

    I’m not ashamed to say I’m an Ozil fanboy, but I don’t see an issue with getting protective over someone you respect. Regardless of your “neutrality” you constantly protect Theo from comments you perceive as unfair and I think there is nothing wrong with that at all, but you wouldn’t need to do that if you wasn’t a little bit of a fanboy for him as surely his football (like Ozil) would do the talking. Only us fanboys get protective and start pushing up stats when it’s not blindingly obvious to the haters!

  24. london gunner


    I am no more a fanboy of Walcott than I am of half the team. tbh,

    I prefer or at least like as much Rosiscky, Koz, Ramsey, Monreal, Coq, Cazorla, Bellerin. The difference being hardly any one slags them off and when they do its to a much lesser level, so I don’t need to protect them.

    If people were slagging off Koz daily like deluded dementos I would be posting all kinds of stats and proving them wrong, but they don’t. With Walcott its a such extreme situation it requires me to react in an extreme way.

  25. london gunner


    Fanboy implies a person who is deluded by their obsession/love for something so much so they are rendered utterly biased and irrational in the face of all contrary factual criticisms .

    That’s not me.

    I would just say I am an admirer of Diego.

  26. N5

    In that case I’m a admirer of Ozil who I think get’s far to much stick based on his pricetag. Some criticism is legit, other is just hate. Much as I imagine you feel toward Theo.

    I’m certainly a Klopp fanboy though, we all know that much, regardless of what that man is doing, he’s winning the league in my head. You could say I’m a massive Klopp sucker.

  27. BacaryisGone

    All this next manager is nonsense really.

    Arsene is manager until May 2017. Barring something shocking, he won’t be going anywhere before then. Like one of his early signings (or Kallstrom), his replacement is probably going to be someone that’s not even on everyone’s radar yet. It will be a massive decision and one that will be very easy to get wrong.

    I might be wrong, but I’m pretty certain this will be Arsene’s final contract. He is in a great position with a mostly solid squad and plenty of money to spend on strengthening further. He doesn’t have the same type of emotional commitment to the youth players that he might have had with Cesc or even Wilshere, Walcott and Ramsey. They’ve all grown up now and our team is really built around experienced players like Santi, Kos and Alexis.

    I think we’ll see him make a really big push in the next two years. It’s why getting knocked out by Monaco is so upsetting for him. He knows the window is closing and the Champions League is his holy grail. If I was his therapist, I would tell him to never forget that Roberto Di Matteo managed a winning Champions League team and not to get too stressed about it. It won’t define him as a manager and it will only add to the nerves of the players in the next two seasons.

    I can see Vieira as a future Arsenal manager but maybe two or three removed from Arsene. It really would be a dream to see him (with Bergkamp as his assistant) lead the team to more glory).

  28. BacaryisGone

    As for Newcastle on Saturday, I would absolutely rest Alexis for the Newcastle game, and maybe not even put him on the bench. He’s looking that exhausted. The International break is ahead and the poor bastard has to play Iran and then Brazil away. That’s no break.

    Who should start? Rosicky, Theo, Ramsey and Gabriel for sure. Maybe give Chambers a run out provided it’s not to the right of Mertesacker. Even Obertan would be licking his lips at that prospect. If Koscielny is fit enough then I would be tempted to play the following:

    Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Rosicky, Ozil, Theo, Giroud (or Welbeck)

    Oxlade-Chamberlain Hamstring Injury 4th Apr 15
    T Rosicky Illness 21st Mar 15
    J Wilshere Ankle/Foot Injury 4th Apr 15
    M Arteta Ankle/Foot Injury 11th Apr 15
    M Debuchy Dislocated Shoulder 11th Apr 15
    V Diaby Calf Muscle Strain no return date

  29. tunnygriffboy

    Papers saying Walcott wants significant rise on his current deal for his new contract. Yeah, right Theo. It maybe mischief making though as they then go on to say lpool will sign him. This a club who can’t get Henderson and Sterling to sign new deals as they want too much.

  30. Emiratesstroller


    As I have expressed in recent days Arsenal should NOT offer Walcott a pay rise. This is a player who has managed just 21 appearances in all competitions in last 2 seasons. Several of those are cameo appearances coming off the bench.

    The idea that we are paying a squad/bench player £100K plus per week for
    someone who raises hardly a sweat in most games that he is playing in is
    absolutely ridiculous.

    From my perspective we should offload him to any club including Liverpool and Man City if they make an offer north of £20 million. Personally I would bite off their hand and not blink an eyelid.

    The question you need to ask is as he gets older what exactly will he offer the
    team/squad as his pace diminishes. More importantly do we want to keep an
    injury prone player on our books who averages 10-12 games a season? Surely
    we have learned from the experience of Diaby.

  31. MidwestGun

    If anything I am the only neutral guy on here!
    London – Haha. Are you serious? What’s the old saying if you have to say you probably aren’t.
    Don’t remember you being too neutral on Robben’s diving, Szczezny’s mental errors, or Alex Songs shortcomings to name but a few.
    Love your candor sometimes, but self awareness, my friend, not your strong point.

  32. Wallace


    “I think we’ll see him make a really big push in the next two years. It’s why getting knocked out by Monaco is so upsetting for him.”

    good point. i remember the talk of Fergie being inconsolable after Inter(?) knocked them out in what turned out to be his final season

  33. GuNZ

    Good evening/afternoon/morning Gentlemen and Ladies of Le Grove (and to you, too, Olivier if you’re online)

    I am looking forward to great things tomorrow in New(swallow the c)astle. Haven’t seen the other fixtures, not read Lawro’s predictions, nothing. Just feeling good about it. Anyway, it’s Friday night here but I have to stay in and fire up the old Barbie to cook a farewell feast for the father-in-law who’s flying back to Blighty tomorrow. Stay in, I say, but that shall not preclude my chucking down a few Misty ladies and getting into the champers the missus has procured for the occasion. Until later then , á bientôt, bis später, (clicky noises with my tongue at the back of the throat to indicate the equivalent in the argot of the Kalahari bush people).

  34. Al

    Fantastic rumours about Theo leaving…the sooner he leaves the better.. We have wasted so many years waiting for him to develop. . Just doesn’t have that drive…plays way to nice waiting for everything to happen rather than taking charge

    Anyway we need to move him on and finally bring in what we have needed for that right side of midfield in

  35. Wallace


    as much as i love Vieira i don’t think he has the same attachment to Arsenal that Henry and Pires do. my impression with him is he goes where the money’s best.

  36. Nasri's Mouth

    Looks like Arteta is already starting his coaching badges.

    While I’d love Henry to succeed, I’d put Arteta above Henry as someone likely to succeed as a coach

  37. peanuts&monkeys

    It was coming. Almost as certain as the rising sun next morning after Arsenal’s capitulation at Monaco. That WengerMotherfucker will criticize away-goals rule. And there he is “The rule was created in the 1960s and the weight of the away goal is too great today,” said Wenger.”

    If no other coach complains, why wud you????? Anyways, you could never get your batch of donkeys beyond QF even if Monaco scored a few own-goals that night. So, why crib you specialist in failure??????

  38. peanuts&monkeys

    WengerMotherFucker, in league there are no away goals’ rule. Why cud you not then ace it for 10 years now???? why the fuck, you cunt???? I know the answer…just because you have a fucking cushy job.

  39. Nasri's Mouth


    I don’t see the connection between knitting and peoples arses to be honest, but whatever floats your boat.

    I’d just avoid football if I were you, it’s not helping is it?

  40. Nasri's Mouth


    What position are we going to give him?

    Sounds like he’s angling for an assistant role, so does he replace Bould?

    I would have thought that if he’s highly regarded, ManC would be keen to hang on to him. As they don’t seem to be, then…

  41. GuNZ

    I think I must have been an anarchist or something in a previous life. I love reading what people like Peanuts and good old Daze have to say. I am highly amused. They play a far better game than Wenger.