Kind of feel like we’ve landed in some parallel universe where I’ve taken a shot of happy and become a convert in the Arsene front.
Not sure why everyone seemed to spitting feathers about the game at the weekend. Admittedly I was totally sober without hangover for once, so the clarity might have skewed my view, but I really felt quite positive after the game.
It felt like we were in it tactically. It looked like Jose tried to nullify our strengths over-exploiting our woeful weaknesses. We were in it. Chelsea are Champions elect, we were never going to bulldoze a team that plays expensively assembled midtable tactics to win a point. I mean, think about that, all the talent they have and they turn up without a striker. It’s embarrassing. Those players exchange trophies for their talent to be drowned in a shallow puddle of negativity. It’s truly turgid.
… what I love is how much the negative press is impacting Chelsea. I’d love more pragmatism in Wenger, but I’d also be pretty upset if we had to sacrifice so much of our game. Jose has done a pretty impressive job of convincing the media that there’s only one way to win things. It’s not true. Thank the lord for managers like Ancelotti and Guardiola.
… so the petrol on the post game fire seems to have mostly have poured from our ex-captain, Thierry.
He earns £4.5m a year and someone has told him he’s bland as James Milner spread on a fresh Geordie Alan Shearer bagels (not toasted, and dry). So he’s reacted. Firstly with a bizarre take down of a Chicarito celebration last week, then with a stinging attack on an Arsenal team absolutely flying. He said,
“I think they need to buy four players – they need that spine. They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I’m afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again.”
The above comments were out of kilter with reality and they were boring. They were isolated comments in a sea of progress.
Now, my views might be skewed. I was told things were on the up from a good place that I always get a balanced view from. So I’m comfortable about Sunday.
I don’t believe we need four signings. I also get sick to the back teeth of average pundits picking out the most base improvements possible. It doesn’t matter where they come from, as soon as they land on UK TV they all say it’s a player thing. Arsenal’s problems generally, haven’t centred around a lack of players over the last 10 years. It’s been a factor, don’t get me wrong, but most of our problems centred around a backward manager who couldn’t get the most out of what he has in the modern era.
Players don’t teach themselves on pitch strategy. Players don’t prevent themselves from having long term injuries. Players can’t be trusted to make themselves stronger. They won’t run video analysis sessions on their own. They won’t drill themselves in the basics like defending as a unit. They don’t understand recovery procedures to ensure they’re match fit. They don’t rotate themselves.
That’s the big change that’s happened his half of the season. Well, it started changed late November apparently, now we’re seeing the fruits.
Form is linked to smarter planning and better fitness. Sure, Arsenal need to buy players to compliment the current squad. If you’re brutal, maybe we need a better striker, but based on this season, there aren’t many. We need a new keeper, but Ospina is doing the business. We need a Schneiderlin because Flamini and Arteta are dead – and we’ll need an upgrade on Theo if he goes.
But it’s not major surgery like Thierry suggested. It’s not a new spine. Actually what we need to do is ramp up the back room progress. We need to use the car study effort the changes have incurred as a springboard for more.
Smarter, better, stronger.
As for the Giroud comments, I thought they were a bit mean. The French glamour boy has come back fighting with class and dignity.
“It has been a few years since we finished second and, if we can do it, we can see an improvement, which is great. Next year, hopefully, we will have fewer injuries, will keep the same group and, with maybe one or two new players, we will have a great season I am sure.
“As for myself, in sport you have to question yourself every week and be ready in your head and you have to be at 100% of determination if you want to keep going and win games; you cannot afford to be at 80% or 90%. You have to have faith in your own qualities, that is part of being a footballer: being strong in your head. That is more than half of the quality you need to be a football player.”
If you can’t see an improvement in the squad this year, you’re not looking hard enough. If you can’t budge your views to accept what you’re not seeing your eyes, well, I think it’s pretty dull.
Thierry was a great player, he’s a dull pundit. If he has to secure more wealth by bagging on us unfairly. Fine. Be that way. It’d be nice if he could be more exciting by bringing more genuine insight to the table. Controversy has us talking about him, but you know what, being f*cking smart at backing your points with evidence would be a way better talking point today.
Also, why are we not reversing the critique of Chelsea? Cesc didn’t land an assist at the weekend. Hazard was pretty quiet. Chelsea were hardly ripping us a new one. Where’s the critique there?
Anyway, I’m rambling. Have a great day.
In Arsene we trust. #GoonerFam
P.S. I thought this tweet was true until I saw Cesc on a poster on the other Bridge. Arsenal need to take this down. Arsenal fans need to create a viral video of them taking it down. Well, if I were a video student, that’s what I’d be doing. Not that I’m inciting vandalism, that would be terrible. But that poster is a joke. Name me a club in the land that’d have that up still? Crazy.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) April 26, 2015