I am BACK.
Having spent the weekend seeing Matt from the AO getting married, I am as fresh as a stale teabag that’s been sitting in a milky cup for 2 days.
However, I am here, at your service.
International break might be landing a spring clean, FIFA is considering having less but longer breaks. Damn right, that’s the dream right there. 2 International breaks by October is outrageous. Arsenal has already paid the price. We’ve lost Mustafi to a thigh injury, and we’re likely to have lost Koscielny. Our solid defence has taken a standard hammering.
I speak for myself and pretty much every person I know in saying that no one cares for the qualifiers. International football is bland on toast. The games are boring, Wembley can’t sell them out, and it gets right in the way of my blogging flow. Can someone please think about my blogging flow for once?
When you see empty seats at all these ground, it does make you wonder how long football can keep piling more and more onto the fans? Are we starting to see peak football? Will grounds continue to sell out? Here’s a great piece about why clubs lying about capacity is a thing. TL:DR, clubs in America have been lying for years to prop up sponsorship deals and government grants. We’ve seen it at Arsenal for years. Would be fascinating to know what the Premier League attendances really look like.
So yeah, back to injured players. Per Mertesacker could be recalled to the back three, perhaps with Rob Holding if Laurent is injured. NOT GREAT. Callum Chambers is also injured which is kind of a pointless piece of news.
Anyway, you can almost taste the Premier League returning. Taking on Watford should be standard, but their new Marcos Silva has them flying in 8th, just one point behind Arsenal. So it’s not going to be an easy game for us. I really detest the first game back from international break. Everyone is a little tired, the team is often out of sorts, and it’s rarely an easy afternoon.
Pray that the rest of the team comes back unscathed and we can continue our good form until the inevitable unravelling happens against City in a few weeks.
Right, have a good day. SPEAK TOMORROW x