I can’t help but think the TV gods are screwing us in an attempt to make Newcastle heroes of the world. Surely it can’t just be me that’s noticed Rafa B’s team has been a perma fixture of late? Who was crying out for more Newcastle?
‘Sky are appealing to the Geordies huge fan base’
Please. How many Newcastle fans do you see outside Newcastle and Benidorm?
Very few my friends, I know that for a fact.
Anyway, if you ever needed more evidence of the PL screwing our Euro chances over TV scheduling, look no further than us playing the Monday before Spursday night. Can someone give me the rationale of putting Arsenal on a Monday night vs West Brom? Who needs that game in their lives outside the corresponding fans? No one. Also, what’s the formula for Monday night games? Just, like, whatever?
Madness. Then an away game at Bate on Thursday (Belarus). F*cking mindless and selfish.
I don’t mean to bitch about our lot with the Premier League, but more money than ever flows into the game, everyone is landing pay rises, the league has never been so secure, but the only people who don’t seem to land any kickback is the fans.
What is our gift? Where is our discount for being heroes? The league is quite happy to line everyone’s pockets, bar the people’s who make it all possible (the fans, keep up). The game is a racket. Money flows out of our wallets, then find its way into the hands of the most dishonest, underhand, loose people you can imagine. Look, even our manager and CEO are making a killing from achieving very little. You never hear those two complaining about inflation when it’s their money going up for old rope. It’s really sad. Who is going to stand up to the club owners? No one.
Wenger managed to land himself in another weird dialogue with the press.
“The players will have warm-downs, they have all that, everybody does nowadays,”
“Treatment with the physios, massage, cryotherapy – all the stuff where nobody knows whether it is efficient or not.
“No one knows because you have a lot of science. If you read the science, some have proved it works and some have proved it doesn’t work. The ones that prove it works are usually sponsored by the guys who say that it does.
“Is it smoke and mirrors? Yes. Because at the end of the day, since I’ve been in the job, we have improved a lot the medical treatment. A lot. But, still, if you have a muscle problem, it takes 21 days. It took 21 days 30 years ago.
“We have to respect nature and nobody could make miracles unless they doped the players sometimes. That means they inject players for a big game and the guy plays with an injury, with anti-pain.”
The body is the body, and sure, maybe there haven’t been major improvements on how quick it can recover (I’d still question whether a 40 a day boozer from the 70s could recover quicker than an athlete with today’s science and tech), but damn, there has been a lot of improvements into the understanding of how an injury happens in the first place. Has Arsenal been a leading light on this front? Not really. Wenger is the manager and he’s been aggressively sceptical of preventive methods because they are an attack on his authority to play who he wants. We have improved, but my oh my, didn’t it take a long time to move out of the ‘it’s the hair pills’ days?
In other news, Mesut might be moving to United in a direct ploy by Mourinho to prove that he can coach better than Wenger. A real whatever moment for me, but I have to put a stop to people buying into Wenger’s view that players running down their deals is a new thing, and AFC are just the first to bear the brunt.
It has ALWAYS been more lucrative for players to run down their deals. We dropped one of the greatest Bosman’s of all time when we landed Sol on 90k a week 16 years ago. He earned almost double everyone in the league. Hardly set the tone did it?
Here are the two issues Wenger has.
1) Top players don’t believe in his project / They have refused deals / Arsenal refused to sell the players
2) Our deadwood players have been asked to leave / They can’t leave because no one will pay their salaries because we pay too much to our shitters / They are seeing out their deals because they are about to get hit with massive salary decreases.
Transfer fees are going nowhere people. They said in 1995 when the Bosman ruling happened players would simply roll their deals down, and transfer fees would disappear. Guess what? It didn’t happen. Clubs need security over their assets to make the world go round. Players need contract security. Agents need to make money.
Clubs will go to greater lengths to protect their assets, like in the case of Neymar’s buyout clause (even though they’re probably regretting that at this moment).
If they can’t tie down their assets, they’ll simply sell them with 2 years to go and replace (Matic)
2018 Armageddon is a product of bad planning from Arsenal’s hierarchy and an uninspiring project.
GAME FACE ON
Yep, we have WBA this evening. No Danny W who is back for Watford after the international break, but Jack IS fit.
Things I’m looking to see:
Lacazette: I want him to make an impact on the league. I can’t be hearing he needs time to bed in because Moratta and Lukaku are banging in goals for fun. You don’t break your transfer record on a player who needs half a year to settle at 26 years old. He should be taking WBA apart.
Sanchez: Man knows he’s being intensely scrutinised tomorrow. If he wants to play a role this year, he must be on his best behaviour, he needs to be a team player. He needs to play with a smile on his face. He needs to contribute like a hero.
Aaron: Wenger talking about captains armbands, most Arsenal fans just want to see him string more than 10 games together and play like a hero. Has he matured? Can he play with discipline tomorrow? Can he contribute some happiness to Arsenal fans super sad we’re going to miss part time #10 Mesut when he jumps ship? Lets’ hope so.
Right, that’s me tapping out. LOVE YOU BIG TIME. Even the folks in Asia who have been trying to hack my website. Like, seriously, there’s no money here… you could be doing better imo.
HAVE A GRRRRREAT DAY x