Bit of a late one for you today because that’s how life rolls. Ok?
Yeah. Ok indeed.
Anyway, something that’s surprising about New York is the soccer supporting that goes on. No joke, there’s a massive West Ham contingent out here. We were in a bar last week… and the main game on the screen was West Ham. It was properly aggressive as well. I thought this guy was going to punch a beer glass at one point, just because that’s what West Ham fans do. I also saw a guy with a Gunners cannon tattooed on his neck. Hardcore.
Look at The Guardian pulling out all the stops… they know sex sells.
‘The face has aged but the hair is still jet black and generous, while above perfectly kept stubble remains those recognisably dark eyes. Dressed in a black jacket, white shirt and jeans, the 42-year-old also appears as slim as he was at his peak. It is like Pires has never been away which, to an extent, he hasn’t.’
It’s like the football edition of 50 Shades. Go on Bobby, tell us about how you like spanking Spurs?
“I scored eight goals in 12 games against Spurs,”
Jeez Bobby, that’s good…
“And I know the Spurs fans hate me,”
“I know this and it is a good sensation.”
YES! SO HOT RN!
Too much for me at this time in the morning. He’s a legend. It doesn’t appear he’s coaching the players. He just trains and gives advice. I quite like the family vibe around the club. You feel like there’s a bit of that DNA going on there, that’s good for people to see… heritage sells. When Wenger goes, I really hope we keep some of that vibe about the place. In the same way Barcelona and Madrid do.
Anyway, a major game tomorrow.
I watched the press conference. Wenger seems to be in a very calm mood ahead of the game. We have no Bellerin on Sunday, but we’ll have Kos back in the side, which will be a major relief.
I think the one thing that irks me a bit about the press conferences is Wenger’s casual acceptance around what happened against Bayern. I don’t expect him to come out swinging, but his analysis is always so bland.
Kind of felt like.. ‘hmpffff… whadya gonna do?’… type thing. I wish he’d give us a bit more. Was it fitness, was it player mindset? Were there ramifications? What are we going to do to prevent that happening again? He kind of said he watched the game back and he didn’t see too much wrong?
Talking to the press is talking to the public and the players. I don’t feel that sort of summing up strikes fear into anyone.
Hey, just me maybe. But the casual response kind of feels like the casual response we get on the pitch every now and then. I wish he was a little bit more intense sometimes.
Anyway, should be a fun game tomorrow. Spurs are quietly going about their business (5 points behind us). Pochettino is building a squad that wants to play his way. That’s hard pressing, fast football. He has the youngest squad in the league… and also the hardest working. So tomorrow, after that dismal Bayern showing, should be a very tough game.
The manager will want to make a mark on the London Derby. He’ll want to push his players into the limelight because at the moment, no one is really taking them seriously.
Arsenal will want to keep the winning streak going. 5 wins on the bounce. Tomorrow would be a fine way to shut the critics up (hi there) and it’d be a great way to head into the international break… when, incidentally, I am travelling back for a wedding… of an Arsenal fan. Who put the wedding on an international break. Like a proper fan would do. Bravo that man. Don’t let your wedding be dominated by anything other than the football fixtures and great beer.
Wenger rounded on Petr Cech and his quality. He has the equal record for clean sheets in the Premier League (169)… that feat slightly tarnished when you read that he’s equalled with David James of all people! Wenger said…
“I believe that there is no coincidence,”
“What is repeated is not coincidence, it is just class. As well, not only class but dedication and consistency of quality.
“Knowing him well now after a few months, I’m not surprised by this kind of achievement because he is absolutely dedicated to his job, he analyses absolutely everything and is gifted as well.
“He is a super talent. He is certainly one of the greatest goalkeepers we have ever seen here in this country.
I agree. I love him. I can’t tell you that enough. I read Chezzer speaking in Italy on the subject.
‘I’m not stupid – if you buy one of the world’s best goalkeepers it’s not to keep him on the bench,’
‘I actually wanted to stay and challenge him for the spot but after a conversation with Wenger it was obvious that I should be looking for new opportunities.’
When asked whether Wenger should have signed Cech, he responded.
‘Are you joking? For that little money? Of course he had to!’
‘If someone offered him Cristiano Ronaldo for a good price, he would have to buy him. The manager has to think about the club and its fortune.’
‘Why would Wenger not do it? Because Wojciech Szczesny, who grew up at the club, is here? Be serious here – Wenger has to consider the overall good of the club first.’
He needed to go. I think half the problem was complacency. His behaviour off the pitch was pretty embarrassing as well. Hopefully Roma will teach him a thing or two. Someone tweeted me this quote from Marcotti on our ex#1.
‘Inter’s goal came thanks to a long-range effort from Gary Medel which saw Wojciech Sczcesny move marginally quicker than a jug of maple syrup.’
I remember those days.
Anyway, enough words and quotes. I’ll be back in the AM!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT x