I look forward to these Europa League games way more than the grotesque monster of CL football that is basically gentrifying grassroots football.
Oh yeah, I’m telling yah guys and gals, I’m big time into Thursday night games.
But first, let’s talk about the Champions League. Spurs killed a lot of people’s nights yesterday when they spanked a Madrid team many were hailing the greatest ever only a few months ago in a 3-0 drubbing. It’s difficult to not feel a little stung by that sort of performance. Spurs are offering more in the CL this season than we have in 8 years.
I really rate Pochettino as a manager, and actually, a person going by most of Spurs past roster. He proves out what I’ve been saying for a few years… when Wenger leaves, you don’t need to hire a superstar big name. You need to find someone with a vision and a method that’s pushing the game forward. Superstars come with egos, big teams and often, ideas on the decline. We need to be the king-maker when Wenger leaves in 2029. Hire someone who can max out talent and potential. Someone who is doing a lot with a little. Someone with presence, intelligence and visionary philosophy.
Anyway, as much as I applaud the incredible job he’s doing over there with a team of players that are playing above their level… I do think he’s being champed a little hard considering he’s won absolutely zero since he’s been there. My Spurs friends have a pretty low barrier when it comes to expectations. They’re all about the marginal gains, even if it comes without trophies, but look, they’re still a small club, with small fan mentality.
… but they are outperforming us on a shoestring budget and they are about to move into a mega stadium.
It’s hard to lord it as an Arsenal fan when we have a CEO who thinks we’re the best performing team out of the elite clubs. With an owner who calls the fans rabid and gives out payrises to underperforming staff and players.
… you get the picture.
Anyway, it’s great to see the English clubs doing well in the CL. When you have the best coaches in the world, you deliver in the biggest competitions.
Pep Guardiola is now delivering. Liverpool are powering their way through their group, despite being shite. Spurs will qualify the group of death. United will be in the last 16.
All the hipster teams are going out. Atleti, Napoli, Leipzig, Monaco and Benfica are all looking nailed on to drop into the Europa League. BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT. Making our task that little bit harder, but I still have my chin up.
We. Can. Do. It.
So tonight, Wenger will play Jack Wilshere in a more advanced position that’s being currently blocked by Alexis and Ozil.
“In my head, he’s more a little bit higher up [the field],” said the Gunners boss. “I see him more a player who can affect the game in the final third than a player who is a box-to-box player.
“He’s a little bit in conflict in this position with Ozil and Sanchez.
“I believe he can as well play in midfield in a 4-2-3-1, he can play midfield in a 4-3-3. In the system we play, I see him a bit more advanced.”
I mean, unreal that Wenger thinks a player who has averaged 1 goal a season over 10 years is a more advanced player, but hey, welcome to next seasons internal solution I say!
Project Youth 2.0.
“I can only repeat what I personally think: I don’t know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad. I manage him, at the moment, like every single player. Since three weeks he is treated like any other player.”
Bit worried Arsene is hawking him for the World Cup. Can’t imagine a summer of exertion is going to help him next year. But whatever, we’ll see if Jack is still with us post Jan as Wenger has deadlined him (with no leverage).
Tonight, it’ll be interesting to see who starts. I’m hoping to see Elneney and our developing 32 years old centre back Debuchy at the back, likely with Holding.
Will we see Nelson again in that wing back position? If we see Coquelin, we’ll know there’ll be no deep block on Sunday.
Anyway, I’m done talking about it. It’s all about Sunday.
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