Well jeez Loiuse, it seems myself and Arsene agree on something. In an interview with Sky, he spoke about the wants of football players in the modern era.
“I think these kind of players can raise a little bit above the financial aspect of the game because they are not poor and they have to look really on the football side,”
YES. Exactly. Arsenal fans widely critique Robin Van Persie for jumping ship to United, citing money as the driver. That was never the driver, he moved for the chance to win a league title at 29 years old. Good for him, he landed that. My criticism of him was that if he’d stayed on with us for that following season, I reckon we’d have won the league. Similar story with Cesc and Thierry Henry.
Not that podge monster Samir Nasri, but you can’t please them all.
So that’s what Arsene has to do this season, convince players like Sanchez and Ozil that the grass is greener at The Grove. He needs to show them he can manage the side to high levels consistently throughout the season, and I’d guess he’ll have to show he can keep them fit and support them with top class talent. We’ll only find out how good the new players we’ve bought are come the end of the season.
Players will be casting an eye at other clubs around Europe and even within the Premier League and they’ll be thinking about whether the systems / set ups other clubs adopt have more chance of delivering them trophies than ours. If players leave Arsenal moving forward, it’s because the manager hasn’t done enough to convince them that staying with us will be prosperous.
A good statement to make will be against Ludogorets this evening. The Bulgarian team are a total unknown in Europe, which means they’re a total banana skin match for us. We’ve had some pretty shocking group stage moments over the past 10 years in the Champions League and this team have embarrassment written all over them.
We know Wenger will tinker with the keeper this evening, so we’ll likely see Ospina in goal. Big question over who he puts at the base of midfield. Does he bring in Coquelin to get game time in his legs after an injury, or does he save the Frenchman for the Premier League where we’ll have to basically play him the next 3 games straight whilst Xhaka sits out his sentence for being a bit of a bastard at the weekend.
I’d quite like to see the manager give Lucas Perez a run out in a serious game. He did well against Nottingham Forest when he came on and this game feels like one you’d want to cut your teeth on if you were him. Plenty to prove, at home, against a team you’d ‘hope’ we’d be able to pull something off against.
Theo Walcott is on absolute fire at the moment, so I struggle to see past him on the right. I can’t see past Iwobi on the left. There’s no Aaron Ramsey or Olivier Giroud in the squad. Cazorla and Ozil are on the starting sheet errytime. So the squad is pretty set.
BE WARNED THOUGH. Ludogorets captain Dyakov says their coach has passed on some information.
‘Teams like Arsenal have very few weak spots, our coach has given us the information and I can’t disclose it. If we have some luck and play well, we can expect something from the game.’
What might that be?
‘Long high shots, their keeper’s a midget!’
‘TELL SANCHEZ HIS MOTHER IS AN UNSAINTLY BEING’
‘CAPTURE THEO WALCOTT’S POKEMON’
Many opportunities. Let’s hope Arsenal stay focused and ignore the bullies.
PITCH TODAY FOR BRAND I LOVE SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE x