Guys, gotta tell ya, I hit that age… you know, 3 days drinking and you develop breasts. It’s like, for some reason, my body is telling me that beer is not a good thing these days? Thing with man breasts is they creep up on you… you can’t see from the front, one day get a side glance and you’re like… fuck, I wish someone at work would have told me.
So anyway, good news is I’ve spent 2 weeks destroying myself to get back on track.
No man breasts. But look, I have a pavlovian fear of beer now. When I see a bottle, my chest aches. What does this mean for me? Kale smoothies? The two finger diet? Who knows. All I know is I do not want my friends buying me training bras for Christmas, regardless of how comfortable they are.
Right back in the mix. Tried to buy UFC 205 tickets earlier. Connor McGregor is the most spectacular character in sport at the moment. I logged in, expecting a Glastonbury like internet meltdown… no such issues. Ordered my two tickets. $2100 dollars… I was like, hmmm… could be ok. Then I realised. It was EACH. Fuck me, no wonder the UFC let him do as he pleases. I shall not be complaining about the price of the season ticket at Arsenal I do not have anymore.
Ok, 230 words in, no Arsenal? ARSENE FUTURE TALK. Asked whether he’d battle Steve Bruce for the England role…
“My priority is to do well here. This has always been my club. If I am free one day, why not? But I am concentrated on my job.”
No joke, the FA should chuck the bathroom sink at Wenger. Give the man whatever he wants. Give him the keys to ALL of the assets. For me, he’s the best choice available next summer (fingers crossed). He can build beauty into our training methods, he can bring pride back to the nation, he’ll create wonderful football and he’s already basically an honorary Englishman anyway, so he’ll get time.
What a way to duck out of Arsenal as well. Moving onto England. Away from the club so the Thomas Tuchel or Malky Makay can get on with reshaping the club.
Arsene’s never-ending 20th-anniversary celebrations continued into the Burnley Press conference. Fair play to him, I think he finds it a bit embarrassing. Asked who helped him the most over 20 years, he took a slight dig…
‘My resilience and passion’
Weird word to use as your first. But there you go. He also spoke about values, new world views of change and stability. I’m not sure the modern world demands new. The modern world demands success. Generally, football has always demanded success. At least in my lifetime. The fact he’s held on for so long is impressive, but also that’s come with caveats we don’t need to go into right now.
What is interesting is how hard journalists are pushing Wenger on his future. They won’t leave it alone. He’s not going to drop the news in a press conference. You can imagine the reporters are all slobbering to land the exlusive that he’s leaving. It’ll be interesting who lands it… David Ornstein, a man who has a job for about 2 weeks a year as the Arsenal go to for confirmed transfers. Jeremy Wilson, the go to for Stan Kroenke? John Cross, who penned a book? Amy Lawrenson who also penned words him?
I do hope that Wenger doesn’t play out the end of his career like some sort of will he won’t he cliff hanger. Well, actually, if he does, at least let the board know the deal so they can plan for next year. I really don’t want us to make a terrible last minute decision like United. It’d be good to nail Simeone or Tuchel early… rather than pump for someone who’s been out of work for 19months because we’re option-less. Go City style, land your man early…
Back to the game. Good to hear Wenger push caution over our recent form. We forget too easily how good we’ve been at stages in the past, then screwed it all up. Over playing, not rotating, unlucky injuries, predictable injuries… big beatings.
Team news for Sunday is Giroud is NOT fit. Coquelin is NEARLY fit. A player coming back early? Aaron Ramsey will be after the international break.
Burnley has been in shocking form, but they did win their last game. We have a good record against newly promoted teams, so hopefully not too much of a problem.
More on that game tomorrow, have a terrific day / evening.