Man, Friday is pretty much nearly there for my UK brethren.
You lucky sods.
I’ve woken up this morning to Apple’s latest update, another assault on the pauper publishers! Their new update comes with some new emojis, but those are there to disguise their assault on ME. Just joking. But it looks like Apple are about to rock the publishing industry by controlling their content in their News sections. It means you don’t have to deal with websites, the news is served up algorithmically based on your choices, right to your phone. The same way you don’t need CD for music, you now don’t need a website for news content. They control the ads. They control the tracking. They control the experience (which generally, is pretty damn good).
Great for the reader, I have to say.
The other big evolution of their product is with their TV stuff. They’re giving publishers the chance to set up on their platform with zero connection fee and the ability to own 100% of the revenue they make from ads (deals sourced independently). That’s good. That’s game changing good. That’s so good, I’m thinking of starting my own channel. I have no content, but whatever.
When you work in digital, it’s quite unbelievable the pace things move at.
A business in which you never, ever have the damn formula.
Which is great. It forces you to stay curious. It’s bad, because your work life is fucking effort.
Anyway, how about Arsenal?
Wenger has been reflecting on the injury of Aaron Ramsey.
“Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,”
“Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor Bale should have played against Andorra, because they were qualified, but unfortunately I could not decide that.
“I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end I didn’t do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished.
“Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra.”
The whole rotation thing is tough, especially when you have brilliant injury prone players. Wenger is right, Wales were stupid for not resting Rambo against a toilet team when they were qualified. It beggars belief these dim international managers can’t see the sense in resting their key players… because if Aaron is fucked in the summer, so are Wales.
Part of this also falls on the manager for not trusting his squad. Watford was a very obvious game to rest his players. It wasn’t a banker by any means, but no games are in the Premier League. It was more of a banker than Bayern. If Aaron was fatigued, there should have been a replacement to drop in. Unfortunately, Jack Wilshere is broken and Alex Chambo is wildly off form.
Football is a game of plate spinning. I just hope that is a lesson to him with Ozil, Santi and Sanchez moving forward. They are not indestructible. We have a lot of tough games ahead and we need to work out a system of rotation that works for the results as well as the legs.
Sometimes I really do soften towards Wenger. Usually after he delivers a terrific win in Europe against the best side in the world. Anyway, I love this from him.
“I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal but I don’t agree with him on that,” Wenger said. “Maybe it’s because I’ve been in England for such a long time. I had his ideas when I arrived here but today I would cry if you changed that because it’s part of English tradition and English football.
“To suppress the game on Boxing Day, the whole of Europe comes to England to watch the game. It’s a very important part of us being popular in the world, that nobody works at Christmas and everybody watches the Premier League.”
Wenger said he’d ditch the New Year’s game if he had had to choose with a gun to his head.
“I want to go on with it,”
“I always pleaded for a break after January 1, but we have to keep this tradition alive.”
I like the tradition, but the reality is, everyone is hungover, everyone is cold and the games are generally pretty tepid. I also think this is a prime example of the man’s obsession with the game. His players don’t want to be in over Christmas because they want to hang with their young families and eat all the food. Wenger would rather play football.
I’m all for tradition, but I think the Christmas period is a bit like a war… NFL is something like 16 games, mainly because the game is a war of attrition. It’s the team that loses the least to brutal injury. That winter period is like that… what’s the least we can get away with?
That’s not a good look for the players and it’s not a good look for the Premier League when we play fresher teams in the last 16 of the Champions League and lose. I’d quite like to be on an equal footing with Europe in that sense.
In other news, there a good article from Raphael Honigstein on the Bayern game. There seems to be a lot of confidence from Bayern that they’ll take us apart in the return leg. Which could very well be true. A point over there will be something else. A win? Dreamland.
The interesting part about that article is the non-commitment of Pep to a new deal over there. I really hope he signs on for another stint. I couldn’t think of anything worse than seeing one of my favourite football personalities / talents heading up north to that monstrosity. Hopefully he’ll join Arsenal in the post-Wenger era.
Right, I think I’ve penned enough words today.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY NIGHT. I’ll be watching you all embarrass yourselves online later. x