HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!
‘It’s like Christmas, without the presents’
So right now, I’m raiding my absent flatmates booze cupboard, I’m wearing a sh*t jumper and I’m picking fights with my family on my Whatsapp.
I feel so festive right now.
ANYWAY, less about my day, what about yours?
You want some Arsenal… ok…
Wenger says that basically anyone can win the league. Including us, but he negatively cites the fact we’re only 13 games in, so we can’t be dishing out crowns quite yet.
He’s right you know. But it’s a positive we’re still in the mix. The amount of times over the past decade we’ve been out by November is crazy. But we’re not this time. We’re in the mix. In mixed form. No where near understanding if we or any other team has what it takes to string it together for the year.
I mean, are Liverpool in it? Staggering that they can be after they bombed off a manager for bad results. But that’s the nature of the beast.
Are we good enough?
I don’t think so. I also don’t look at City and feel they’re good enough. Nor United. But out of the chasing pack, I would say City have the best credentials because they have a team of Champions and they have that golden nugget… a world class striker.
So we’ll see. My issues with the current set up are well documented. I don’t think we’re a particularly focused team. The manager doesn’t seem to be able to keep the players winnertivity up for long enough. The West Brom game was bad luck, but we also didn’t really play that well. Then you have Sheffield Wednesday, Bayern, Zagreb and Olympiacos… We haven’t had out bad streak in the league yet, but you kind of feel it’ll certainly come.
I also think we’re going to massively struggle without Coquelin in the side. Our midfield terrier wasn’t backed up properly in the summer and I think the cracks will show when he’s not there. He does a lot of the dirty work for the side. He covers a huge amount of ground at pace. A massive loss. A real engine room of a player.
I also think our squad is on a knife edge… you lose Ozil or Sanchez, two players that are carrying our dreams, you lose a helluva lot that I’m not sure we can replace at all.
I know it’s stupid to say that if you lose your best players, you’re in trouble. But Arsenal are pretty damn good at losing players. Those two have been playing a lot and out of their skins. Can we manage their fitness from now until the end of the season?
I have my doubts.
But, we have a pretty good December with lots of opportunities to keep freshness in players legs… as well as a few lovely gaps where we can send players home to see their families or shag pads or wherever young professionals go.
So, who knows.
What I can’t work out with this league is why I feel so flat about all the teams in it? I mean, where is our version of Barca or Madrid? Why don’t we have a Bayern Munich? Where the United of 99 or the Arsenal of 2002? All the money is here, we have some of the best coaches now, but we still don’t have a pound for pound team to purr over?
Don’t get me wrong, the football is still great fun… but it’s a sorry state of affairs when only one team in the top 6 has a world class striker.
In fact, world class players seem at a Premium compared to 10 years ago when there seemed to be a lot more. Is that because I’m just being super critical, or is it because there’s been a massive shift in what we’re looking at from our players these days?
Pace over anything… power over most things… skill, kind of in third place.
One to chew the cud over.
Right, all the thanks on this day of thanks… I’m off to get very drunk and rowdy.
GOOD DAY TO YOU x