… and we’re off!
3 points in the bag. Free flowing football on the pitch. The chance to make points while the rain pours on Chelsea.
The Palace game was a real mixed bag for me.
For you, now, as a gift… some points will be scribed below in an easily digestible format for you to inspect.
I said at the start of last season if things go well for the German, we’ll look at Cesc like the yesterday’s dinner. Didn’t work out that way, because Ozil picked up an injury.
Well, comparing the two in 2015 is the difference between fine dining in Mayfair versus bin rummaging after 8 pints of Strongbow in the car park of KFC. Having participated in both acts, I can tell you which I prefer.
The German looks motivated, fit and full of confidence. 98% pass completion rate is outrageous even for a keeper fond of full back distribution.
Cesc on the other hand looked slow, uninterested and off the pace. His hair looked stupid as well.
This is a big season for Ozil. Imagine if Wenger gives him a striker to play with!
DO IT ARSENE
You can’t knock the goal, he had to adapt to a cross coming in behind his run and he did an excellent job banging it in the bottom corner in a scissor kick vibe type of way. Outside that I thought his play was limited. He looked like a player who’d been following his own press this summer, which must be a factor nagging at him:
YOU ARE AVERAGE
YOU ARE AVERAGE
YOU HAVE NICE HAIR
YOU ARE AVERAGE
His runs weren’t great and I think he broke up play too often. He just looks a bit cumbersome.
Having a limited striker is one thing (Ade) having one who looks like he knows it is another.
I went to extreme lengths to defend him in the bar I was perched at…
‘Maybe it’s the hat. I mean, you barely need to hear when you’ve worked with a defence for 12 years. Now he needs his ears, he can’t hear quick enough!’
… that’s desperate excuse making. I have a point in the sense that he’s working at a new club, with new players in a very expectant environment. Ignore all this ‘Jose knew he’d dip’ nonsense. Jose couldn’t see Kevin De Bruyne was about to blow up into one of the best creative midfielders on the planet. Hardly think he’s in sage mode at the moment…
I thought he could have done better for the Palace goal and I was hoping he’d be a little stronger in his box. Give him time. He’ll come good.
Felt a bit of the ‘oh god we’re going to concede’ slipped back into our game. We shut out Chelsea with such ease in the community shield. Not sure what happened at Palace, but it felt like panic.
I thought City showed what a bit of width and pace can do. Pellegrini loves a middle man out wide. He opted for Sterling and Navas, allowing Silva and Aguerro to devastate through the middle. Trouble for Wenger is that Theo is a bit limited and Chambo is still a bit green to be trusted in games as a starter.
Also, Wenger loves having all his fave centre mids in the mix at the same time. The impact is often congested. I think Wenger is going to have loosen his centre mids everywhere vision if we want to have a more balanced line up.
The Others… (point six you greedy pigs)
Mourinho looks like man keen for the sack. I told you I had a vibe that Chelsea might struggle this year because of an ageing backline. Well, John Terry yanked at half-time. Ivanovic looking way off the pace, like, so off the pace you wonder if it’s a tipping point in his career. No John Stones in back up.
They were made to look like footballing peasants by City.
So far, it’s clear they’re the team to beat this season. They have the spark back. It’s early doors, but a group of brilliant players injected with a bit of special and you never know.
What I do know is Wenger needs to bring in a ball playing defensive midfielder. Rumblings are that he might do something this week. I’m not holding out any hope. It’s better that way. Like Christmas with tight parents… expect nothing and you’ll always be grateful of that tangerine wrapped in a British Gas bill.
Right, have a blinder today and I’ll catch you tomorrow!