*Wrote this earlier, it failed to post. Pretty irritating. But I’ll post it anyway! Match report to follow later.
I don’t want to spend the whole of this post moaning today (this is a great read for a moan) and I’ll keep it short and sweet, but I have to say, something is certainly up with Arsene Wenger. Maybe it’s the pressure, maybe it’s the disdain for the fans or maybe he’s just getting older… but my lord, why is he saying such stupid things to the press? This on Aaron Ramsey…
‘We knew he had a hamstring problem and our half-time was disturbed by injury problems’
You know, ok, I get it, you’d had a terrible summer, Aaron was probably not in great shape going into the game. I can roll with that. What I can’t roll with is the manager, in the first game, risking a key player when he knows there’s a problem. He should have just pulled him. Instead, we’re now looking at two months with no Ramsey.
Quite unreal how badly we’ve managed his fitness period. Even worse that we’ve managed him badly when he’s complained of not feeling right. Cataclysmically poor that the manager has come out in the press and told them that he was at fault for the final explosion.
Any normal person would keep their mouth shut right? Don’t tell the media you’ve made a horrendous cock-up on day one of the season, especailly when you’re already under a mountain of pressure with the fans. Absolutely unbelievable. I can’t work out what’s wrong with him. The consistent contradictions, the strange complaints about the state of the market, the indecision… I’ll be shocked if he stays on past this year if it goes down the pan this season.
Anyway, today we have a major game. Morale is likely going to be low at the camp. Leicester have had a psychological win this week signing Mahrez down to a 4 year deal, also factor in that Vardy turned us down (was told we didn’t bid for Mahrez). This game is the difference between nightmare start and doing ok.
So which Arsenal is Wenger going to roll out?
My guess is he’ll roll in Koscielny into the back four, because Vardy would destroy Holding and Chambers. I’d imagine midfield will be Coquelin and Elneny again. He’ll likely opt for Santi in the hole over Ozil. Then up top, I’m not sure what he’s going to do. Sanchez through the middle was pretty flaccid last week. So maybe he’ll go Theo through the middle (pretty sure we did that last season against Leicester), flanked by the Ox and Alexis.
We also have Jack Wilshere in the mix. It’d be a pretty solid mix of players if you played Jack, Coquelin and Elneny.
We’ll see. It could go either way today, it’s too tight to call. Sad thing is, the mess is all of Wenger’s making, even sadder thing is you know we’ll only get a transfer reaction if it goes badly wrong.
Anyway, I’ll reserve judgement until after the game. I’m really banking on a good Saturday start, followed by watching Connor McGregor whopping Nate Diaz in the evening. A fun day of sport ahead!
See you on the other side!
P.S. Then you have Arsene Wenger going full circle and now suggesting Sanchez through the middle was the striker we always needed, shelving striker plans. UNREAL.
‘Is Sanchez a long-term solution through the middle? I think yes. I think it is worth to try as he has the quality to go behind.
‘On the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I would like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he is a good finisher.
‘He has similar qualities to Luis Suarez. He is technically top.’
I mean, it’s trying something new with what you have, but honestly, I can’t help but feel the manager has lost the plot here.