Work have allotted me a new desk space next to a walkway in an ‘oh, I must say hi to Pete’ kind of area. It’s really unnerving. I’ve spent most of the day considering ways in which I can deflect this unwanted friendliness. I landed on a printed Keynote slide :
‘You don’t have to say hi 🇬🇧‘
To deconstruct. The smiley face is to indicate this is a LOL, the British flag is to indicate it’s passive aggressive, so has a deep-seated truth to it. A hodgepodge of conflicting messaging that should keep them guessing and walking right on by.
Will keep you posted how this goes down.
We are entering a slow news week, not a lot going on, bar a lot of chewed fingernails as we slide into an epic Emirates showdown with Spurs coming to play at the weekend.
North London Derbies are usually a pretty good time for Wenger to show his red and white teeth. He has a pretty exceptional record against Spurs. In his whole monstrous tenure, they’ve only finished above us once, and their victories have been few and far between.
Hard not to think the tables are turning though, Wenger has been edging his team closer to the slippers and pipe as Pochettino oversees an exciting reimagination of Spurs. His offering is similar to Project Youth, whilst working a desperately low wage bill during a stadium move. He’s the hottest coach on the planet outside Pep in my opinion. What he eeks out of those players is quite exceptional, and I stand by my statement: Wenger has better players at his disposal.
That’s why the weekend could see a very good result from our boys. We have great players. Mesut Ozil is unplayable when he fancies it. Sanchez can be the best in the league when he’s focused. We have a collection of very good players that can play exceptional football
When they fancy it.
Remember that cup final performance?
That’s what we’ll need to take down Spurs.
It has a higher chance of happening in the first game after the international break as well. Spurs are missing Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld. I’ve no doubt Alli, Winks and Kane will all spring miraculous recoveries, and it appears Jan Vertonghen is going to return. So not a lot of good news there… well, bar Kane looking kind of slow in his last run out.
Our injury problems are a bit less serious, there’s no Giroud, who I doubt would have started regardless. More of a concern is Aaron Ramsey, who didn’t start for Wales. He’s not had a major injury yet, which is rare considering we’re in November. Fingers crossed he’s safe, because we’ll need his energy against a Spurs side who outran Madrid by 10km the other week.
Right, more on the derby as we go.
Have a blinding evening! x