Hello everyone, Alex here. Yesterday I kindly accepted an invitation on Pedro’s behalf from the Sun to go to their HQ in London Bridge for a Q&A with the one and only Thierry Henry. Some other bloke from Tottenham may also have been on the panel.
The great and the good from the Arsenal blogosphere were there – at least I think they were as I dont know what any of them look like. Embarrassingly for me, no sooner had I gained access to the area where the event was being held than I had to leave due to an UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCE. You can read my timeline to see how shockingly bad things went. I managed to tweet about how windy it was then about the fact the fella from Arsenal Fan TV was let in ahead of me in the queue and that was about it. Absolutely pathetic. Luckily the Sun are going to send me a transcript of the event so I can provide you with some #analysis on that which I’m sure you will find fascinating.
So given my complete failure to provide any kind of coverage, I’ll run through what could have been…
Had I been able to attend the event, I would have been greeted by friends and well wishers all around, thanking me for my stellar work on Le Grove over the last few years. Thierry would have greeted me with a fist bump and a hug. We would have laughed about old times and he would have quoted his favourite blog posts to me etc.
I had two questions I wanted to ask him:
1. Who is the best player he played with at Arsenal post Invincibles? This would discount the obvious choices. I expect he would have said Cesc or Persie but maybe there would have been a curveball, Adebayor or Rosicky perhaps?
2. What does he think is Arsenal’s strongest XI right now? As much as I love Thierry I dont really care what he thinks about this – partly because his punditry is “meh” and partly because there is no right answer. It was merely to “get the debate going”.
So let’s throw it out there – what do you think is Arsenal’s best XI at the moment? For me…
Looking back at that, even I can’t believe I’ve left out Walcott and Cazorla but that is a team with the right balance up top and with energy and dynamism in the centre of the park. As strong as that first XI is, the one position where there is a question mark is probably Giroud. As much as I love the big shire horse, he’s never going to quite be at the level of those around him (Ozil and Alexis who are world class, Ramsey who is on his way to world class, and Ox who has the potential).
The other big concern is still what happens if Coquelin gets injured. As much as I find Van Gaal’s fradulent transfer activity this summer hilarious (as if he has any idea what he is doing), the capture of Schneiderlin was key as he is a quality player and exactly the one to replace and ageing Arteta. There are still a few weeks to go so let’s see what happens but for me, getting reinforcements in this position is more important than CF.
And finally the “feud” between Arsene and Mourinho continues to rumble on. Is it really a feud when one person consistently acts like a bellend while the other maintains his dignity? I don’t even think Jose is doing it for mind games anymore. He looked like he’d spent the night in a bus shelter at the Community Shield, clearly he needs help. As for changing the narrative, I wouldn’t want to give him that much credit. Rather his behaviour can be explained by a few possible causes:
- He has a micropenis
- He is sexually attracted to Ospreys but is unable to meet any so takes his frustration out on football
- He only knows how to win ugly and with dirty tricks and it eats him up that his teams will never be remembered for playing great football
- All of the above
Maybe this is all conjecture but when you think about it I’m 100% right.
Right that’s all from me. Hopefully I’ll be allowed to cover some other Arsenal events in the future and do a mildly better job. You can follow me on twitter @aldo_doel (if you want).
Speak soon x