I watched the Republican Debate last night. F*ck me. Painful TV was that. I don’t think I’ve heard Politicians being pilloried for doing the right things before…
‘Could you explain your motives in increasing the Medicaid budget?’
… and cheers for the wrong things.
‘Mr Trump, you’re a pretty nasty piece of work when it comes to demeaning women’
‘Maam, I’m being pretty nice to you right now, when I shouldn’t be. But here’s the thing, America is too politically correct and I say things. And America is losing. I’m gonna make us win.’
Real lowest common denominator stuff. Don’t even get me started on the abortion stuff. You know it’s a bad session when you come out of it warming to one of the Bush clan.
Anyway, onto the Arse.
Theo and Chambroken are both sidelined for three games. Don’t get too excited by that. It means they’re out for a month because of International break. If they’re out that long, add another 2-3 weeks as they get back to fitness. As for Theo, last time he took his annual leave of absence, Wenger didn’t invite him back into the side.
I still find this injury nonsense beyond belief.
Thing is, if it’s the same boys over and over again, some tough decisions have to be made at some point. Our seasons are invariably flunked because we have the most injured players when you tot up the totals. Theo, Rambo, Wilshere and Chambo are important players who are always busted. When do you start to plot a way around this?
You can’t build a title push if you don’t have a consistent squad to pick from.
Anyway, news emanating out of The Telegraph, which could be truth or clickbait… says that the manager might consider Gibbs or Bellerin in midfield to cover the gaps.
Both are pretty good going forward. I think I’d prefer Bellerin. Probably not going to happen, because that means dropping the massively out of form Debuchy in behind him. It would make the most sense attacking wise though, he’s a La Masia boy, I’d imagine he’s pretty good anywhere.
It’s a bit of shambles regardless. It shows how fragile our squad is. We have the depth, just not the strength behind it. It’s apparent that we should have shipped off players like Rosicky, Arteta and Flamini in the summer and it’s looking like we should have had a think about some of the other players we have dotting around the squad and their propensity to pick up problems every other week.
Interesting that the secret footballer has been dropping bombshells that line up with what I was told about Schneiderlin. This is based on a chat with a scout…
“He’s so indecisive it’s frightening. We had [Morgan] Schneiderlin done and dusted last January and, by the summer, the gaffer had changed his mind. Son was 100 per cent perfect for us.”
I hadn’t heard that the deal was done, but I was told Morgan wanted Arsenal. Wenger’s indecision there doesn’t look sharp right now. One injury away from Flamandowski at the back. It’s crazy, that at 66 years old, Wenger isn’t going all out like Ferguson was to win it all… but when you’ve got a forever contract, you probably think you’ve got forever to have a proper go.
Anyway, we have a big game this weekend against Swansea. Gary Monk is a very tidy manager doing a very good job in general, he hasn’t had it all his way this season, only one win in 6 and that was against Calamity Tim’s Aston Villa. So it’s a big opportunity to stretch our time at the top of the league. It’s also a good opportunity to see how resolute our squad is.
Olivier Giroud is going have a big job on his hands. He has the chance to keep Theo on the bench. He has the chance to show us all that he’s actually really good striker. He has the chance to get a real bit of momentum going.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the team dynamic changes with him back in the side. Has he learnt anything sitting on the sidelines? Will we see more hunger? Will we see a different Giroud?
THE BEARDED ONE
Could be a fun game.
Right, it’s Thursday. HAVE A GREAT EVENING. x