Good morning campers.
Apologies for missing the post yesterday, sometimes work tings get in the way.
Arsenal vs Spurs?
Well, I don’t really know where to go with that game.
An NLD Draw isn’t the worst
I think we’ve seen plenty of games over the years when we’re the dominant force and we’ve been turned over. In games like the one on Sunday, anything can happen, so form and how good the opposition is, isn’t usually that important.
Kind of felt like the Spurs side looked the fitter of the two. We did play away on the Wednesday and we have pretty much zero opportunity to rotate, but it was disappointing to see that we’re looking pretty ruined at this stage of the season.
I said at the start of the season, when you have a Giroud and a Theo in your starting line up, you’ll get goals, no doubt. But the difference between winning the league and going close is dropping 2 points against a Spurs side you should have buried. No striker at a club like Arsenal should be knocking free headers over from close distance. The worst thing is you accept it, because you know Giroud isn’t at the level we need. It ain’t his fault
Oh my, that bench is looking pretty turgid at the moment. When you’re chasing a game with Gibbs, Flamandowski and Arteta, you know there are problems. Sure Gibbs pulled it out the bag for us, but really, that wasn’t a great moment seeing him warming up. This is where the manager isn’t ruthless enough. Gibbs, Flamini and Arteta probably shouldn’t be at the club if you were aggressive about filling the side with quality.
The squad is the squad for me, you can’t fart about and complain that it’s bad luck weak players like Joel Campbell are starting. You should have brilliant players ready to come in. If they’re not brilliant, why are they there? This is even more important when you’re Arsenal… because you know, with certainty, you’ll be using all the squad at some point.
Also, well worth taking a read of Wenger’s L’Quipe interview. There’s a lot of, ‘oh bloody hell, you’ve got to love the man’… but for me, I read that interview and it felt like it summarised half the challenges we have with him. The philosophical stuff is no doubt very interesting and it’s a pleasure to have a manager in charge that thinks at such a deep level.
… but his view on winning isn’t great. It’s excuses. It’s excuses deep-rooted in a philosophy passed down from his father… there’s a quote about his dad not understanding the point of the 100m sprint, because the margins are so slim. Everyone is a winner if the time gap is 0.1 seconds type of thing.
When you’re saying in an interview that Arsenal fans would love 4th place if the club finished 15th two seasons in a row… well, I kind of feel you’ve forgotten what it means to run a football club. We exist for trophies, not just being in the mix. You can’t complain about big spenders when you have the capability of being a big spender. You can’t blame money for the lack of success when you’re on record as saying money isn’t always the solution.
Maybe I’m wrong, maybe football is just about having a good time and that merely competing should be enough. I just don’t like that vibe. It’s submissive. It’s anti sport.
I wish he had a bit more Ferguson in him. All feels a little too indulgent. The words of a man who is invincible.
Anyway, that’s me done. Have a blinding day! x