TWO DAYS OUT THE GAME.
What were you doing, Pedro? Selling dreams people. Mobility dreams.
What have I been doing today? Regretting starting the night with Manhattan’s, fuelling the 5 hours in between with Manhattan’s and capping the night with a Manhattan.
Those things are more potent than beer, but decadent in the right environment.
What’s been going on with Arsenal?
My Gooner friends are on the #InternationalBreakInjurySweepstake at the moment. Things are going a little too good at the rn and the way the story usually plays out is as follows…
- Santi slips in the shower, hairline fracture on some bone that basically renders you unable to compete
- Theo Walcott pulls a hamstring like Michael Owen in the 1998 World Cup
- Mesut Ozil forgets how to assist and heads straight into a creative drought dryer than Alan Shearer’s MoTD banter.
- Lucas Perez has a Navas bout of homesickness and extradites himself to the Spanish hills…
Surely we don’t get out of this international break alive? Surely something is going to happen?
Yeah, I’m being negative. Back in the day, the good years were marked by our best players staying fit. Could Freddie make it? Could Bobby? How about Paddy?
We need one of the good years. A fit squad, no stupid injuries… all the best play happening all the time. That’s the way we need it to play out.
Next window, we have a very simple run in all competitions. Key for me is that Wenger uses this month to play it smart… don’t chase points with a one team vision. Chase them by using that sweet squad you’ve assembled. Be smart. Rest older players, rotate in peripheral names to motivate them and make everyone feel part of it, be brutal with Sanchez and use psychology to keep him feeling like being rested is part of the bigger picture, not a slight.
Do that, and magic could happen.
The best teams keep the best players fitter for longer.
That’s been a massive weak spot for Wenger… can he learn?
Right, me done. Today is my year anniversary of being out here. Massive thanks to all the amazing New York Gunners I’ve met (12 of you, close af). I look forward to more good early morning drinks sessions over the next year!
BIG LOVE x