I’m gearing up for a big one tomorrow. Semi-final time. Wembley time. Party time if we make the most of the day.
It’s a late kickoff. Ridiculously put on at the same time as Chelsea and United square off. I mean, come on, can we not make the most of the communications tech and have both games become a show piece. I find it upsetting enough that a game like that has to shown at 5pm anyway. Why can’t the rest of the world workaround my preferences for 3pm’s?
There’s not much to talk about preview wise. I think the last few months have been cruel on writers and bloggers. No drama, no injuries, no news. It’s been pretty sweet though. No news is usually good news in this game.
The game tomorrow should be a formality. We’re in exceptional form, all our players have found their rhythm. I feel like I’d be searching for a consumer friction point if I were to layer doubt over the game. If we’re focused, prepared and up for the occasion, then it should be a nailed ok victory. If we show up like we did against Wigan last year, and things don’t click, we could be in trouble. I doubt that’ll happen. This is David Versus Goliaths bigger brother who has a helmet on and there not in the mountains, they’re in a prison cell.
… but you have to be open to Arsenal having a Monaco moment at all times. So there’s your tension.
Ozil has been talking to the press about exhaustion. Someone asked me whether I had empirical evidence to back that the league is slower than the rest in Europe. I don’t. I’ve had it anecdotally and you can see it. But Ozil has claimed it is more physical. So does almost every player who lands here.
“I guess 10 years of consistently playing football took its toll. I was also struggling with the physicality of this league.
“The injury worked in my favour in a way, as it gave me time to recover, to assess and to work on what was required to compete in this league.
“The football here is far more physical, it is played at a faster tempo and you have to adapt to the sheer number of games. I have had to work a lot harder and adjust my game accordingly.
Anyway, interesting he said the rest injury helped him. Arsenal’s star performers this half of the season are all players who either didn’t appear in the first half of the year through injury or a lack of favour. Giroud, Ospina, Ozil and Coquelin have all made less than 16 Premiership appearances. This shows you importance of giving players time off in between games and the benefits of Sir Alex Ferguson style early season rotation. Hopefully next season, with a free summer on the cards, we can start strongly whilst finishing with a full compliment of players.
Talking of fresh players, Bayern don’t have many. They’re so short on players, they’ve resorted to blaming the medical team for the demise. Their lead doctor left yesterday. A few people asking what I think. Well, the same I’d think if Arsene were destroying players. It’s poor management. Players fitness and keeping the best on the pitch is integral if you want to be the best in the biz. Klopp’s team went down hill when he lost his right-hand fitness side kick. Pep didn’t do very well last season with injuries (if I remember correctly) and he’s bombed at the tail end of the season this year. Not good. Shows the importance of a world-class fitness coach.
It also shows how even the best coaches are at the mercy of their team set up.
HAPPY FRIDAY YOU SEXY PEOPLE XXX