We’ll start the afternoon off with the bad news.
Sergio Aguero is fit for a return against Arsenal.
Of course he is…
How about Alexis Sanchez?
I don’t know. There’s been some hot rumours that he’ll be available. That’ll be a massive bonus for us. It’ll almost counter the excitement City fans will have for their own miniature powerhouse returning to the fold!
I’m super excited about this match up. I think we’re really up against it. I think City will be a different level of opposition. An absolutely beatable level of competitor though.
I won’t go too deep into it now, maybe save it close to the time.
Thierry is excited too…
“It will be a massive one for the Premier League and I just want to see how Arsenal respond because I’m looking at the return fixtures and Arsenal have to go to Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, United and City.
“They have all those fixtures so if you can get some points before against your rival for the title that is important, although of course Leicester are top and so you have to mention them.”
I think he’s right. We’ve had a pretty sweet introduction to the season. We’ve won some big games, like the United game at home… and we’ve shown some serious consistency, but we have some major teams to take care of next year on foreign soil.
A home win is imperative. We need to continue to break away from the pack. Leicester will fade at some point, they don’t have it in them to win the league. At best, they’ll finish 6th… because when the bad luck kicks in, it’ll be brutal for them.
That could leave Arsenal and City to bludgeon it out.
How massive would that be?
That’s why we need to make some moves in January. City have a much deeper squad than us and they also have much more experience of winning.
That said, we have winners. Per, Ozil, Sanchez and Cech are all big winners. We’ll need all of that strength of character to shine through if we’re going to pull of the big one on Monday.
In related news… seems like Pep Guardiola will make a decision next week.
“Next week there will be clarity.”
If the news is that he’ll be ‘doing one’… that could be great for us. Unless Ivan Gazidis has pulled of an audacious piece of ‘in with the new out with the old’ recruitment… it’s likely the Spaniard is off to coach… CITY.
That makes me really sad, but I guess it also excites me in a way. Why?
… because footballers are basic bitches.
If the City players know there’s a new man coming in next season, they’ll switch off. There’s a reason Ferguson dropped his resignation like a fire Beyonce album. Because if players know you’re off, your authority is challenged and players don’t care for the rollickings anymore.
So if Pep declares he’s off… and the City players suspect a rat, that could be really, really good for OUR title aspirations.
The one thing that does make me sad is that all the good coaches appear to be getting eaten up. No Klopp, Mourinho is obvs now a terrible coach who just got found out after 20 years, Guardiola to City… I mean, Carlo Ancelotti would be great, but I don’t know…
I reckon we’ll be looking at an internal solution in Steve Bould. Or we’ll go super curve ball.
I just hope we don’t go on the advice of Arsene Wenger. I really don’t think he’s best placed to recognise what you need in a modern manager. Look at poor old Remi. Feels like the time Wenger recommended Sanogo to Ajax. A dirty play.
Is Ivan best placed to bring in the right man? Who knows. But I’d like to think he has the experience to lean on people who could help him. So maybe we’ll take a chance on an upstart coach like Tuchel or Schmidt. Coaches doing good things for clubs on the periphery like Hecking, De Boer or Simeone.
Or maybe we just go all out for an Owen Coyle / Harry Redknapp combo.
Anyway. Let’s focus on the present. We have an Arsene Wenger back on top. Hopefully he can win the league this year and tap out.
We’ll see though.
ANYWAY. If you’re out on your Christmas do tonight, have a f*cking great night.
I’m out on my first one in New York.
I’m planning on drinking behind the curve. Don’t get swept up in the carnage… sit back and play it super cool. Keep opinions and jokes to one’s self. DO NOT DO THE SMEAGOL IMPRESSION. And remember, the real you is in London.
I’ll report back tomorrow about how cool it was to get fired 47 minutes into a party.