I’m going through a weekend free time drought at the moment, but after this next one, my pitch is done and I can return to being a drunken reprobate. Sanchez is in EXACTLY the same situation, but more footballish. He’s going through a goal drought. One I think he’s going to end against his potential suitors this weekend. Is Wenger concerned? Never. He’s more interested in talking about Brexit and the impact of a society addicted to instant gratification. However, he had some encouraging words for his departing star man.
“He runs after a goal at the moment so he’s a bit frustrated when he doesn’t score, like all goalscorers,” Wenger said. “I’m not worried about it. He works hard and it will come back quickly. You can never try too hard. At the moment he’s marked well, they double up on him, but he still creates many dangerous situations and the goal – he just has not to worry too much. I know you always say that to strikers and they still worry but over a longer period he has always scored and that will come back.”
Wenger didn’t end there… he started to get deep and pointed.
“I am not concerned because I am not suspicious of the performances or the desire to win of a football player”
“When you are a football player, you have a social contract with the rest of the team and I never question that. Once you don’t respect that, it’s difficult to say that you play football.”
I like that. Shakespearean like. A barbed comment aimed at the shameful Chambo performance against Liverpool? Maybe.
Do I worry that Sanchez will play with the handbrake on? No. I don’t think he has it in him to shut down. He’ll also want to impress a coach that has sporting values (Pep). The Spaniard won’t want to see Sanchez throw in the towel. It’d say too much about him as a bad character. Real world equivalent of slagging off your boss in a job interview.
I expect a performance.
I also think City are beatable. They conceded two sloppy goals against WBA this weekend, which is pretty poor considering their goal return over the last few seasons. They also go away to Napoli, if they lose there, which is entirely possible, they’ll be on edge about protecting that unbeaten run. We are also primed for a shot of hope heading into a heady period of games against more serious teams.
I like that we have nothing to lose. No one expects anything from us. In fact, I’d say most think we’re going to land a massive spanking.
More on that game as the week progresses. Our second stringers, that give me life, are playing Belgrade this week at home, so I’m hoping for another fun encounter there, and maybe some minutes for Nketiah and Jack!
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