You know things are going pretty well at your club when the biggest issue the press can drum up is the 14minute flight you’ve taken to Norwich.
Ok, it’s a little bit ostentatious…
BUT SO IS FOOTBALL
‘Verity, Can you believe that a £200m a year football team could be so vulgar in chartering a private jet?’
I mean, honestly. This is a performance industry. We’ve a tough month coming up. The last thing those players legs need is being stuck on a cramped coach for an 8 hour round trip. They also don’t need train issues like they had at Stoke. Bravo for the environmental group that stepped up to lambast the club… but seriously, you’ve got bigger issues… maybe go and pick on the factories in that areas and park a car in front of the incredible waste they spurt out over the countryside (yah man, first hand experience of those factories).
I don’t care about the plane. In fact, I salute it.
Wenger has ruled out Aaron Ramsey in the DM role.
“Ramsey is more an offensive player,”
“I will use him sometimes there [centrally] when the game demands, but is he naturally with Cazorla a balanced pair? Defensively, certainly, it’s a very adventurous one!
“I used Ramsey on the right because he gives us a balance, because we have Ozil who is an offensive player, we have Sanchez, we have Giroud or Walcott and Cazorla so to balance a bit defensively, I use Ramsey on the right. That’s where I will certainly continue to use him.
“He is not afraid to tackle but he likes to go in the box and he has a good timing of runs and he wants the ball and he wants to go forward. If you take that out of him, and you say ‘look, you have to sit now, and sit there and wait,’ you kill his strengths.
Fair shout there. Aaron is a great player, but so is Sanchez and you wouldn’t stick him there. Round pegs and square holes occasionally work, but there has to be some sort of relevance in the player’s past to make it worth even considering.
Tomorrow, I’m going to guess that it’ll be Flamini in the deep-lying role. Really, we shouldn’t need too much from him. Norwich should be a fairly standard run out for the side. I think our worry is City in 3 weeks time. If Flamini is the player we want for that game, then we have to stick with him from now until then… if it’s going to be Chambers, the same. We need to get the fitness into their legs and shake off that rustiness.
On the Wenger Jan Transfer ‘will he / won’t he’ saga… it appears the manager might already be wavering.
‘It’s nearly impossible to find, in January, a top, top player. But you have your eyes open. You never know, we’ll see’
I think we’re well on track for a December 12th concession that January transfers are both impossible and offensive… AND SHUT UP I DON’T BUY FOR YOU.
Onto Norwich, they’re a team in pretty poor form. They’ve lost 5 of their last 6, but, it’s fair to say, their run has included Chelsea, City and Leicester. They did however really let themselves down losing to Newcastle… a team who had a moment this week when Steve McClaren swore for the first time this year.
Anyway, 16 points from 12 is about as bad as Chelsea. So we’ll no doubt make this a tough day for ourselves.
Ideally, we’ll go up there, beat them 3-0 by half time, then bring off Sanchez and Santi. That won’t happen and I’d imagine Wenger will be eyeing the long week off we have before the next game. So we’ll go all out for this. Hopefully we’ll have Ox to come off the bench. We’ll obviously have Ramsey back in contention as well. Key thing again for tomorrow is 3 points, no injuries and happy smiley faces.
Right, the newsfeeds are a touch dry, so I’ll love you a leave you.
Likelihood of a preview are slim tomorrow, so I’ll see you later with a match report!