I’ve got to that point in life where a weekend smashing beer and whisky actually impacts how you look on a Monday. I’m there, a constant battle to not be a Wayne Rooney.
I see how it happens though, you know, getting fat. No interest in chocolate or bad food for my whole life (unless I’m drunk), now everything looks incredible. I’m looking those wilted pastries in coffee shops, I’m magnetically drawn to cake they wheel out of client meetings… I bought a bag of pork scratchings for no reason the other day for no reason other than knowing I shouldn’t.
ALL THE TEMPTATION.
Anyway, it’s under control.
Onto the news.
We’ve gone a few years not having to worry about the beasts of Europe pinching out best players. Some would say that’s because we’ve had a very weak batch of players, others would say that financial might blended with Arsene Wenger enforced Stockholm Syndrome has stemmed the leak.
I’d say it’s probably that a blend of having good money, a competitive team that is starting to win things and a group of players that aren’t really blowing it out the park.
However, we’re now at that point in our 10 year rebuild where our players are looking pretty attractive. Like a delicious cinnamon bun sitting on a small plate, fresh and soft, ready to be eaten. We actually have star players. Ozil is smack bang in his prime at 27 years old, he’d walk into any side in the world now, he’s actually the best there is as a number 10, like a slab of prime cut sirloin. Alexis Sanchez is also in his pomp at 27 years old. So he’d possibly be on a lot of clubs wishlists this coming summer. Then there’s Aaron Ramsey. I really like him, but I can’t help but think he has one ribeye on joining his mate Gareth Bale out in Spain.
There are rumours that this is a possibility. Young, sexy, can play fast paced football, can be spectacular. Hopefully I’m just reading into this, but I think he’d be the most likely to fly the nest. Hopefully not, but he’s been with us a long time and if you’re ambitious, you want to go and live somewhere else for a bit… a touch of Spain would be appealing to anyone.
I’d be really sad to see that happen. I’m hoping he can take on the role Santi is probably going to vacate this summer. I’d say that if you can’t displace Santi in the middle of an Arsenal midfield, you’re probably not ready for a move to Barcelona. I think you probably need to win some things with Arsenal (major things) before you can start presenting yourself to a club like them…
Transfer rumours are pretty boring. You know there aren’t many bubbling when the most exciting noises are that we’re picking up some Nigerian children for the under 17s.
We have a massive game against Liverpool on Wednesday night. I think this really could kick us onto the next level if we win there. The Liverpool players have been disappointing under Klopp so far, but you know they’ll raise their game for us.
‘Arsenal and Arsene have their own style, it’s possession football, so it’s clear that if we want to play the same way we will be without a chance because they’ve been doing it for longer,’ Klopp said.
‘Arsenal are not only a good possession team, that’s the problem, they have good counter-attacks too and that’s what you have to be aware of.
‘It’s a job but it’s a really nice job to think about solutions and how to stop them coming through with their plan. I like things like this.’
Klopp will also be fired up… he needs some positive PR. The place will be fired up. Liverpool fans are expectant. I’m quite looking forward to seeing what the German offers up. How do you defend against a team that boasts blistering pace, form and great possession football? We’ll find out… he’ll probably play the high press. It’s what he knows.
Anyway, more on that tomorrow.
P.S. Thanks for the mostly positive words about the violence against women piece. I know it’s not cool to bring stuff like that to a football blog, but I guess that’s the point, it’s not cool to bring it up anywhere. Football is supposed to be a force for good and I know that people on here are intelligent enough to be able to digest more than one topic in a 4 minute read.