Whoooooaaaaaaa… someone pinch me. Was my headline yesterday about Wenger and tactics?
Jeez, it totally was!
Did that really happen? A game totally bossed with smart tactics… tactics that weren’t just smart… tactics that were dynamic.
What a day! I think that’s the first Cup Final I’d ever dealt with where the post match commentary was the worry that the press would rip us for having it too easy.
I wanted to go into a bit more detail about some of the performances on the day, because it really was a joy to take that 90minutes in.
I thought Coquelin was absolutely fantastic. He was a monster out there. Whereas Gilberto was the invisible wall, Coquelin is the visible bulldozer. He’s such a dominant presence. His ability to read the game and his lack of desire to bomb forward has given us a really solid base to work from. He’s a powerhouse, he really stood out for me against Villa.
Theo Walcott really raised a few eyebrows with an interesting performance. Through the middle he was pretty blunt for the first twenty minutes, but his strength comes with the fear he instills with his pace. I still can’t quite work out how he’s going to own that central role, but in a front three of players who are interchangeable, well, he showed what he can do. Superb movement throughout. That finish was stunning considering how out of the game he’s been and that it was on his left foot. I’d be surprised to see him leave the club now. A bit Thierryish after the Champions League final.
The keeper had a very good game as well. I very much have my doubts Ospina could have so easily dominated his box, purely based on size. Chezzer had a very calm game. That said, I still think if Petr Cech is available, we should be in for him. I’m a bit worried Wenger has a thing for the Pole and he won’t be ruthless with his decisions there.
Santi Cazorla had another tremendous game. I wasn’t sure that he was man of the match, but he’s certainly been an integral cog in the winning machine we’ve crafted in 2015. Big questions over whether he’ll stay on in the summer. Ultimately, he’s the wrong side of the thirty and we have Aaron Ramsey coming into the prime of his career. It’d be sad to see someone of Santi’s ability to leave the club, but if he wants to go out with a bang at the highest level, he might try and slink back to Spain now.
I also thought Ozil had a brilliant game, probably my man of the match. He’s the quiet conductor, pulling strings and people out of position. It’s really difficult to truly appreciate him when you sit in the lower tier. At Wembley, I was up in the sky, so I had a full afternoon of watching the beauty of a game in full swing. Really is a totally different experience.
Bit of a shame all the Villa fans left before the game was finished. That wasn’t very sporting. I’m sure Hull hung around last season? Great to see all the players having so much fun. I don’t know if anyone else noticed the Wembley Mascot trying to steal the limelight? Really was looking to Gunnersaurus to deck him. I couldn’t even work out what it was… a horse shaped like a hammer? Whoever he was, he was a wanker.
The celebrations for the parade were pretty amusing yesterday. Jack Wilshere caused all sorts of controversy, by, you know, connecting with the fans in a language they understand.
‘I’ve got one more fing to say…’
‘WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TOTTENHAM’
I thought it was absolutely brilliant. He was off his face. He reminded me of Liam Gallagher. He did exactly the same thing last year without half the nonsense.
I’ve had people telling me it lacked class. It wasn’t responsible. ‘What would the kids think’.
Look, most kids play Grand Theft Auto, have an addiction to hardcore porn by the time they’re 11. Can access the most disgusting things imaginable at the flick of a switch. Kids are pretty fucked up.
If you think your child is going to be mentally scared by hearing a footballer say the word ‘shit’… you’re raising a very soft child not fit for modern day society.
Jack is having fun with the fans. He’s an Arsenal boy. Talk about class? Jeez. This is football people. Arsenal fans baost incredible class. On the way up to the game, I was chastised for picking up the wrong bottle of whisky. Total scenes because all the off license had was Jack Daniels. Point is, that friend who was demanding Woodford Reserve was singing the Spurs song. No one will be digging him out about class. Because it’s football. You put class to one side and you’re always allowed to banter Spurs fans and tell them the truth about their club.
The press need to get a sense of humour and so do Spurs fans. A Spurs fan demanded people call the police to complain about the incident. Spurs… a club that allows its fans to sing peado songs at Arsene Wenger / sing about Sol Campbell being a homosexual… complaining about player banter at an Arsenal fan only trophy parade. Get a f*cking life.
Onto Arsene Wenger, he’s already out talking about who he’s not going to buy (asked about Paul Pogba).
“We have not spent that kind of money,”
“People forget that for years we had to sell our best players and that was a very difficult period. That is the reality. Since we buy again, we slowly come back to a more competitive level. You speak maybe about stratospheric numbers where we will not be involved – not at that level – for financial reasons. It’s simple.”
Come on Arsene, we spent £43m two years ago on Ozil. Premiership football is what, 5% inflation a year? That takes us to roughly £48m. Throw in the new mega TV deal money? There’s no way we can’t compete in those leagues!
Anyway, the point is, no one is asking us to sign Paul Pogba. We do need players though. Wenger wants cohesion.
“We have to show that next season and we want to do it,”
“I feel that we have moved forward and people think always it’s about buying but it’s as well about cohesion, and cohesion is a very important factor that is a bit underrated usually by people. We have to keep that cohesion and maybe add quality. But the quality we have to add is in short numbers. But the other teams – how good will Chelsea be? Who will they buy? I don’t know.”
I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ll add quality to the side this summer. I don’t think it needs to be a major overhaul. I think we need to make sure we keep the right players, lose some of the players around the peripheral and most importantly, keep doing what we’ve been doing.
The most important thing we can do is maintain the fitness work we’ve been doing this season. We need to have a summer of proper, uninterrupted preparation. If we add two or three players this summer, the real killer move we could make next season is by keeping everyone fit. That’s been the massive improvement in 2015. Having a squad to choose from. Well, when I say squad, I mean having a starting 11 we can pick week after week.
This summer is going to be fascinating. We need some smart purchases. I’m not sure there’s going to be a mega signing, but I think there could be a push for some experienced talent. I still think we’ll end up with James Milner. Him, a defensive midfielder, maybe an inside forward and a keeper.
That’d be brilliant.
Let’s see what happens there!
Final bit, as we close of the season. I just wanted to say thanks for hanging around this season. Blogging has been a sideline this season due to life stuff going off in the background, so I appreciate your patience and the fact you come back everyday (especially the nutters in the comments section). There’s not going to be much to write about this summer, but I’ll be rounding up the transfer goss everyday, so make sure you tune in! I’ll also be bringing in other writers to help with the workload.
Have a good one, enjoy taking smugness to new leves this morning. x