WELCOME TO FRIDAY.
I’ve had a pretty tame week, amazing how much you get done when you’re not hanging out your ass 70% of the week.
Get this, I’m being harassed by a seagull. No joke. I woke up to a sound a few days ago, which I assumed was foxes going at it. Really irritating, last time it was foxes, I woke up the block by telling them off and asking them to go elsewhere. Which sweetly, the did.
This time, prepared to give a dressing down again, I opened my window, there was indeed a fox there, perched on its own… WITH A SEAGULL FIGHTING IT.
No drugs were consumed. No alcohol had been touched. No inception style dreaming was going on. A seagull, genuinely fighting a fox.
Then, I get home yesterday, I can hear noise again, I open the window, look out, and the same seagull is eating a robin redbreast!
What sort of fucked up world are we living in, where seagulls are cannibalising their own species and fighting foxes?
So much to deal with, good job I was sober.
Anyway, not much going on with Arsenal, as per usual.
I always feel like Wenger is a bit like a little boy when asked about transfers. You know, when you tease them and ask if they have a girlfriend…
‘No, no way, I hate girls. They’re stupid’
Arsene, have you special players lined up?
‘No, no way. I’m not paying a billion billion for a player. Not even if they’re special. So there’
So, so boring…
Still, it’s interesting looking around the league at what’s going on. Madrid apparently bid £21m for De Gea. Presumably because he’s Spanish and Spanish clubs think they have the right to any Spanish player. Like a medieval land owner had rights over all the peasants wives.
Manchester City are also kicking off their summer with bids for Sterling that are laughable. They have a real tough job ahead because they have about two home grown players… they’re finding it so hard, they’re considering Barkley (who looks a talent, but not at that level right now).
If you’re into tech porn in the footballing sense, STATSport shared an article about how they’ve been a silent partner in helping Juve and Barca get to the Champions League Final.
It talks about periodization of training and how you have to keep you best players, fittest, for longest if you’re to achieve success. All pretty basic right?
They also talk about this fancy Viper system that sets Smart Thresholds… to tell you when players are fucked. So, kind of proof, if you needed it, that the redzone exists. Real time fatigue benchmarks… so cool. I’ve e-mailed them and asked if I can get one for the office that measures work stress over booze intake.
‘PETE IS IN A REDZONE OVER HERE, CAN WE GET HIM A POMEGRANATE SAN PELLIGRINI PLEZ!’
Anyway, these guys work with Arsenal, so worth checking out. I still think the most interesting part about next season is whether we’re capable of running a full year without a car crash balls up on fitness. Mesut blames bad luck, when we know it was more than that.
“We had bad luck with injuries this season but next season we can win the Premier League and go further in the Champions League,”
We had the fittest players in the second half of this season because our best players were all injured in the first half. There were signs that Wenger was back to his old ways when he barely rotated over most of the back end.
Will Wenger learn from teams like Barca and listen to his experts? Or will he shoot for glory and play all his best players all of the time.
We’ll find out next season, won’t we? All we know is this, we have the right tech in place, we have a world cup winning fitness coach… but it’s about whether we have a manager will to listen to data over the really obnoxious voice in his gut that makes him do bad decision tings.
Now, I don’t mean to bitch, but is it not an absolute outrage the Government basically gave away an Olympic stadium for free? Arsenal had to pay £400m. We generate £3m a game. I think it’s an absolute disgrace that we give away a tax payers asset for nothing for a club to basically make elite athletes incredibly wealthy?
How did that £3m even make it onto the table? They should be paying at least £20m a year, like we did, until the full cost of the stadium is repaid.
At the very least, they should have been forced to share it with Spurs. So we were getting maximum use out of it and taking in double the fee. These politicians are so greasy… because you know later down the line, whichever group of people struck that deal will probably take kick back somewhere. Whether it’s a exec board job, or funding for something in their council.
What a joke. I hate politics.
Right, I think I managed to carve quite beast there considering I started out with seagulls?
HAVE A GOOD FRIDAY MESS WITH SEA BIRDS. x
P.S. Kangaroos fighting people. Sad history of it here.