Happy Saturday to you. I went out last night with a fellow Grover. Ended up getting really trashed. So trashed I forget I needed money to pay for the cab… the cab driver was trying to let me off a $20 fare. How very sweet.
Anyway, football. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE LOVE.
Big news is Kokorin… a striker of world class ability and clearly one of the few players on the planet capable of improving our squad, had a loan move from Arsenal rejected by his club.
A loan move? I mean… really? If we’re in for him. He must be their first team striker. If we think he’s in the same league as Benzema, then why are we risking a loan move for him? I can’t work out if this is like one of those messed up stories agents put about to get their players a move… or it’s really the depths we sank too on that dark miserable August 31st evening.
Anyway. I hope we have bigger ambitions in the next year’s Disappointment Window.
So do we have any other tasty morsels to devour?
Yes we do. Theo Walcott is at it again. SCORING GOAL. Just like we like him too. A tidy finish from a Ross Barkley through ball saw him turn a few heads.
‘Did you see that’
I read an interesting stat that Theo missed the most clear cut chances in the league last season. More chances that LOLdado. Not striking pedigree at all. This season, he’s turned things around. Partly to do with fitness, partly to do with confidence and partly because he’s being given a go through the middle.
For me, I’m reticent to get too caught up in the central role for Theo. For me, the goals are great, but ultimately, he’s not a complete footballer and I kind of feel we lose an edge having someone like him there. He’s a very good alternative up front, but it’ll take a lot of convincing to shake most people’s belief that he’s the real deal.
I think the biggest challenge for me with the 26 year old is I can’t see what the end product looks like. Who is Theo going to be like? Michael Owen? Robbie Fowler? Romario? I mean… think about it. At 26, how much more growth do you have left in your game when pace is your main weapon? 3 more seasons before regression hits in. Who does he want to be?
That’s not my choice people. That’s not my choice.
I was told Ozil picked up an injury, which would have immediately killed any joy I took from Aguerro picking up an 8 week medical leave. Schweinsteiger is injured. Someone said David Silva is also injured. I mean, joy aside, international breaks are an absolute crime on the eyes as well as on clubs. How long will we tolerate it? I kind of feel it’s in breach of human rights or something. What do you think?
FOOTBALLERS ARE NOT YOUR MEAT. THEY ARE SENTIENT CREATURES.
Good news is Cazorla scored a couple. I love that little Spaniard. Not sure why I always want to call him ‘little fat Spaniard’ but I do.
Wenger’s back on the booze again…
“You can ask the question the other way around: can you be successful without team spirit? If I asked you that question, straight away you would say no,”
You can’t knock a man who tries to craft his own question. Also, is that the Frenchest turn of phrase ever to happen on Arsenal.com?
Question in Engggeeerrrrrlish: Can you succeed in sport, if you’re working in a shit environment where no one likes each other?
It’s a big question and thankfully Wenger was on hand to answer it.
‘I believe it’s a little bit like a flower. You have to take care of it and look after it every day, or else it will slowly die. But as well, you can make the flower bigger, better and prettier if you care for it. We believe that part of the responsibility of the players and the staff is to take care of team spirit.”
Do what Arsene?
See, if I had the energy right now, I’d love to go through Arsenal.com over the last ten seasons to see how many times someone has come out and said that the team spirit is better than ever before. I reckon we hear it at least 10 times a season regardless of what’s going on. I think we hear it almost as often as we hear ‘We know we have to be better.’ Back to spirit. When is team spirit ever bad at Arsenal?
My thing with it is this… what sort of team spirit is it?
Team spirit where we all get along and everyone is laughing and bantering Theo when he falls asleep on the coach by sticking maltesers in his nose.
Or team spirit where the goal is winning and everything is geared around that? Winning spirit that sees players who step out of line beasted naked in the carpark. Like the opening prison scene in Shawshank where the fat guy won’t stop crying.
‘Santi, open the cell!’
My thing here is all this team spirit Wenger boasts about never seems to turn into much? What is the output of it all. How does it compare to 2004? Who is Head of Spirit?
Anyway, happy everyone loves going into work. Would be happier if this intangible monster turned into something like, say, a Premier League trophy.
If you want to read more of my excellent thoughts, check out my superb spellchecked piece for The Standard.
Also, big congratulations to the Gooner run Nightjar for making the Champions League spots for the 3rd year running in the world’s best bar Championship.
On that note, have a bloody good day, I’ll be watching a Oklahoma play a sport against a big rival they’re going to spank. A bit like the NLD eh? Badum tschhhhhh!