Ahhhhhhh GOOD MORNING TO YA ALLLLLLLL!
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.
WHICH WILL BE AN IMMENSE GAME
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.