Footballers have never been blessed with brains, they don’t need them, they shut down to learning anything other than football at a young age… and why not? They’re busting pay checks fatter than Wayne Rooney at a preseason weigh in.
Being an idiot is fine. You’re a footballer. The normal people equivalent is driving a BMW. On the road, you’re an arsehole, and people accept this and forgive.
However, sometimes, you have to say… damn, that was dim.
I’ve not read the article in full, the picture paints the picture pretty well.
It’s just not smart is it? As a footballer, you are not supposed to smoke. It’s a simple rule.
When you lose your place in the starting 11 because you sparked up in the changing rooms, don’t smoke again. Don’t do it outside at a party. People will photograph you.
You kind of feel he’s just signed his own leaving card.
I’ve told you for the last couple of years he’s not the full ticket. He’s not winning popularity contests. He doesn’t have an attitude people gravitate toward. His performances haven’t stacked up. He’s prone to PR gaffes. He loves a fag, and has been busted twice publicly, and even got caught out by a Le Grove reader smoking on his car.
I think it says it all that Ospina managed to take his place. A keeper you wouldn’t exactly say is an ideal choice in a league like our own.
You have to wonder what the future holds now? Can Arsene afford to have that sort of flagrant indiscipline in the ranks? Or does he now have to make a stand?
He has an amazing opportunity to bring in Petr Cech this summer. A player who could lift the quality levels in the keeping area to heights we’ve not seen since Lehmann.
Question is, does Arsene have it in him?
Bigger question, name me a club that’d take an expensive young man who hasn’t really progressed in the last two years onto their books.
I can’t think of many.
You have to wonder what he’s thinking?
I guess that’s the thing with youth. It’s very hard to put what you have into perspective.
In the real world, when you get to the top, you’ve taken 15+ years to get there. You’ve seen people around you make mistakes, you’ve learned the things you do that make people think you’re a fucking moron and you’re in a mature space in your mind.
It’s just a shame for Wojciech he can’t see what he’s doing. Judging by his Dads comments, he’s not helping the situation… and footballers don’t tend to have brilliant support networks. So the likelihood is he’ll be playing for an average team and he’ll never fulfil the incredible potential he has.
There you go. Tis life. Still, he’ll still retire to a beach in Monaco, whilst I’m collecting Butlin’s holiday vouchers in The Sun.
Another player who likes a fag, Jack Wilshere, has been charged by the FA for misconduct. I find it quite laughable. I don’t mean to draw silly parallels, but if we’re charging Jack for singing songs normal fans sing… are they going to charge the Leicester players who were involved in a pretty embarrassing orgie video?
I feel like their actions shine a darker light on the game than a bit of fan banter… but hey ho, what are you going to do?
Someone highlighted the below Per Mertesacker quotes that ladder up to what I was saying about the changes going on at the club being real. I’m excited by this season because though progress in the league hasn’t translated into points, it has in what we’re seeing on the pitch.
I have witnessed it several times that there were questions about the manager in public. That is quite normal at a club that goes for the league title. But we responded well with some results. By doing so, not only the team but also the coach is in a much better position.
It is not like he sticks to his old methods. He changed some things by bringing in new players and by changing his behaviour. He changed his coaching staff, he acquired some fresh, young people. The video analysis has changed. In the summer, Shad Forsythe came in from the [Germany] national team as the new fitness coach.
Those are examples that prove that he is open to new things and that he takes advice. One of his strengths he has never lost in all those years: his charisma. He is the calm center of it all – that’s what he brings across.
I said I didn’t think Wenger had it in him to change his ways. I was wrong. He’s embracing smarter planning and he’s letting his team do the work for him, like all great managers do. He’s managing the process. That’s what smart leadership is about.
That’s why I can’t wait for next season. How will the 2015 magic we’ve seen work if we take the same approach to a full season?
Could be magic. Could be really magic.
Right, have a great day!