So much LOL that I get hate mail and Jezza Corbyn and Ivan Gazidis are CC’d in.
Imagine hating a football blogger.
Anyway, let’s crack right into laughter. How much laughing is acceptable when you have thin walls? Like, if every other sentence is laughter, is that worthy of calling in a complaint to your building manager? My next door neighbour, a drummer, who had sex 4 times on Sunday between the hours of 8 and 10, laughs too much. It’s like living next door to Beavis and Butthead. What could be so funny?
Maybe it’s a weed and Rick and Morty combo. Maybe his equally loud girlfriend is just so damn hilarious. Or maybe, and this is more likely, he is an unfunny man who laughs at his own jokes to give the impression everyone is having a great time.
I really fucking hate this guy.
The Mike Riley of neighbours.
So, Arsenal are preparing a last-ditch attempt at luring Ozil into staying with Arsenal on a forever contract. I mean, if Barca are interested, you’d have to find us shitty option. If United want in, I’d be kind of surprised he’d kick on with them. Paul Pogba’s hair dye all over the changing room, Jose Mourinho calling you names, probably benching you just to make a point that he is the king. Fuck that.
I’m hoping that Sven can find a new creative hero in the middle of the park. However, it must be hard to work out what Wenger needs because his approach is so confused. It’s so amusing to read around the web with fans saying that the manager – who is 5 points worse off now than he was the season he finished 5th – is doing a good job. We’re 17 points behind City at the start of December. Sure, we’re closer to United in second on 6 points. But look, we’re not here to finish second. We want to finish in the top 1. If we fell 6 points back, we’d be in 8th.
What makes our position even more frustrating is our players have the Liverpool / Leicester / Chelsea advantages of seasons past when they’ve done something. One game per week, with totally rested players, and we’re still not pushing City. It’s really not great. We can’t keep on setting lower expectations because there are better teams. We’re never the better team, Wenger’s not been the better team since 2004. It’ll be 2018 in a month!
Will a League Cup cover Wenger’s shame?
Will an FA Cup win cloud your clarity?
What about a courageous semifinal run at the Europa League?
What is going to hook Wenger out of a hole this year, because there will be something.
Interesting to hear Wenger being influenced by the fancy people around him, then using their knowledge to make an excuse.
“Today the players considering that 20, 30 years ago the players have better surrounding on the scientific, medical controls.
“We have more scientists around the team that protect them but there is a mental burnout too.
“The players are under huge pressure today and the resistance to stress is a big part of it.
“It’s a mental burnout a lot of the time. They lose confidence and have problems dealing with the competition.”
I can buy mental burnout. But not on one game a week. The best way to avoid mental burnout is to let players have time off in the downtime. I think people forget that players struggle the same way you do with long hours. You get annoyed with being on a plane all the time. You get really hacked off with the people you’re working with. You miss your family.
Wenger hasn’t helped that traditionally. He didn’t let them go on breaks in the past because he feared they’d fu*k off to Dubai and get up to mischief. Fair shout, but if that’s what keeps them fresh, let them be.
The manager also took a scientific approach to analysing the United game.
“I felt that the goals we conceded at Southampton was the consequence of Manchester United.
“We were apprehensive and not confidence going into the game.”
Hmmm… Per Mertesacker, who didn’t play against United, had United on the brain? It’s a tough reach for me. How do you solve for that?
‘Guys, don’t think about it’
Hardly filling me full of confidence heading into West Ham. Especially after they just upset Chelsea. Though it will be a lighter team and a bit Europa-ish.
Final comment was about Sumo and the United post-game fracas.
“It is part of the intensity. It can go overboard. It happened to us. It happened to us. Hopefully you commit 100% to the pitch and are an angel after.
“I don’t know what happened really. It is difficult to take to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side. It is an experience that’s a little bit offensive.
“That’s why I admired sumo in Japan because the guy who wins does not show his happiness out his respect for his opponent.
“Is it something we can copy? I don’t think so. It’s not part of our culture.”
Can’t knock that comment. We need more Sumo in football. I’ve been saying it for years.
Right, that’s me done. I’m going to be in Houston lapping up 25 degrees and clear skies very shortly.