Welcome to Saturday!
Valentine’s weekend eh? That’s me romancing myself with a Dominoes and a half litre of sadness.
Just jokes, my pal John is coming over.
No! Just joking. That reads wrong! Just jokes.
Those with serious partners though, tough gig right? I know many of you have had to seek a ‘pass’ this Sunday. Or alternatively, involve your partner in the super-ist of Super Sunday line-ups.
Treat it like marketing brief.
You need to raise interest in football amongst an audience who generally don’t give a shit… for a day.
Play it like a taste test of a bad product. You don’t want them coming back for more, but you need them to come to the table. This is a once every 7 years thing. Reimagine what quality time constitutes.
‘Just do this one thing for me babe, I promise you’ll like it.’
Once they’re at the game or TV, make sure it is NOT a good experience. Bad language, aggressive behaviour, too much booze. Think of something.
So the execution in a nutshell —> Lead that horse to water, just make sure the water trough has a fox turd in it.
It’s actually not bad for the US crowd. The game is mad early, so we’re done by 1300 for both. In the UK, you’re killing Valentines lunch with your selfishness. Anyway, always point your partner in the direction of Adam Johnson lady friend… life could always be worse.
Anyway, let’s talk about the early game. Arsenal vs Leicester. Hopefully I’m going to get someone to write an early AM tactics blog for you tomorrow, so this will be amateur right now… but I kind of feel like Leicester are still in that place where teams are all like…
‘We don’t plan for these fuckers’
… we should. We will. They play explosive counter attacking football and they press. Neat quick passing beat them last time along with excellent finishing. But how are we going to play it this time?
Do we play deep? Do we load the front line with scary pace to put pressure on their counter? Do we drop two mobile deep-lying midfielders to break the play? Do we choke their creative talent? Or do we just play our game and out fox (PUN) them?
Many options. But I feel pace with pace is smart. We’re pretty good at counter attacking too… Well, we are when we have a Santi and some in form forward players. I guess that’s the issue here. What is going to happen with that midfield. Surely it’s time for Coq and Ramsey?
Up top, I’d do this… Theo left, Chambo or Joel right and I’d play Alexis central. Theo is no good at the moment and doesn’t deserve the middle. Giroud invites them to counter and press and Welbz is out.
Alexis was bought with a view to playing through the middle, why not try it? Can’t be any less effective than how we’re playing now. Ozil feeding in those three… Could be exciting scenes!
It’s a massive one though, I didn’t realise we’re nearly into the ’10 games to go’ phase. Drop 3 points at this point of the season and you’re in trouble. Catching 8 points isn’t impossible, but it is unlikely considering how mentally weakened we’d be from a home pasting from Leicester… a team whose most famous transfer window moment last season was a racist hotel orgie in Thailand.
Arsene Wenger piped up about the potential of a ticket protest.
“You can protest before and after but during the game you want everybody to be there”
I am split on this. I’m selfish because I kind of think our title push is more important than ticket prices right now. I get that TV shunting around the game is a tough ask for away fans, and I feel for them. But Sunday is about the title. It’s Arsenal kicking on. It’s not about making a point that will likely get ignored anyway.
I mean, can you see a situation where the Premier League is going to impose a sanction where independent clubs can’t make self-sustaining revenue from their tickets?
Also, for Arsenal, though we do have some outrageously priced tickets, we also have some damn cheap ones. Mine was about a grand all in? The people who buy the expensive ones sit in the best seats. It’s a really tough issue, but I kind of feel like it’s one that will never get resolved. My ticket is / was a grand. If they drop it to £500, that just makes my life a bit easier, it doesn’t mean I give it up to someone on low income. All it’ll do is add to the waiting list, right?
Anyway, I’m game for the away fans getting a discount on tickets, but business hat on says there’s no fucking way.
Stan has dropped £500m on a new house and he’s moving his NFL team to LA. He needs all the pennies he can get.
Thing football clubs need to be careful of is not the killing of the Goose that laid the golden egg… they need to be careful of killing the egg. Because it’s the geese coming through that can’t be bothered with it. You’ve a generation of young adults coming through now who’ve been brutalised by the system. They have average to poor jobs if they have jobs at all. They’ll have totally different attitudes to money and what it should be spent on.
If they’re not going to games now, I don’t think it’s outlandish to suggest that when they start earning better cash, they might not see live games as a priority. Especially as tech makes it so easy and so cheap to pick up the game on the web.
Anyway, I’m on the digress.
See you tomorrow. x