My two favourite words this morning?
Yep, SUPERSTAR WINNERTIVITY AURA MERCHANT Alexis Sanchez was an unused sub against Brighton yesterday. The Chilean wizard of giving it 100%, and caring 50x more than anyone else, didn’t earn a single minute.
So, where does that leave his stats?
Played 10. Scored 1. Assisted 2.
Even when he scored, it was a rebound from a penalty he missed.
Sure, tell me to move on, and I’ll tell you TO SHUT THE FLIPPING HECK UP. I enjoy the failings of others. I enjoy more to juxtapose them against the successes of the players who are really producing.
Nacho Monreal: Played 6. Scored 3. Assisted 2.
Mikkkkkkki: Played 9. Scored 2. Assisted 6.
The Armenian bottle job eh? He’s knocking out stats for fun in the worst Arsenal side since Wenger started. Imagine what he’d be doing in the United side right now. He might be giving poor old Alexis some service.
In other news, a cut off your left arm/right arm moment dropped out of the sky when Spurs vs United was drawn in the FA Cup. My head is with United, I can’t have Spurs winning and I’d love for Ed Woodward to give Mourinho another £150m to get Pogba and Sanchez firing on all cylinders.
Mr Cech weighed into the Wenger in/ Wenger out debate by simply saying it’s all a bit shit.
‘Obviously, all this speculation about the coach in, coach out and what’s going to happen next. ‘Once you as a player start thinking too much about it obviously it can affect your performance and that is not going to help you. So I try to avoid all these things but as I say everybody is different and some people might think too much about it.’
We’re now in the second year of blaming speculation for shite form. Last year because we didn’t know if he was staying, this year because he’s been so shit, players can’t believe he is staying. I hope Ivan and co are talking to the players to land a solid assessment of the situation.
If you read two things today, one being this, the second would have to be Per’s Interview with Der Spiegel. An incredible write up about a man we all love at Arsenal. He talks about pressure, anxiety, and the sacrifice of modern football.
“This is the first time I’ve spoken about the nausea issue,” Mertesacker says. The nervousness starts the night before the game. Clemens Fritz, with whom he shared a room back when he played for Werder Bremen, once called his attention to it. “He said he did everything he could to try to fall asleep before me. Before games, my right foot would twitch so hard that the entire duvet would rustle. It drove him crazy.” Mertesacker says he had never noticed it himself.
Then there’s the diarrhea he gets on the mornings of matches — looking back, he says it happened on more than 500 days of his life. Mertesacker looks down at his long fingers as he goes through the list. “I have to go to the bathroom right after getting up, right after breakfast, again after lunch and again at the stadium.” Everything he eats just passes right on through.
This bit on pressure was particularly interesting.
He says he wouldn’t have been able to handle another match at the time, and it wasn’t because of his heel. “I got eaten up by the pressure,” he says. “This constant horror scenario of making a mistake that would lead to a goal.” He stays silent for a moment. “You also have the fear during other games; you’re constantly looking at the scoreboard and counting the minutes. But at the World Cup, that was inhuman.” Mertesacker gets lost in his thoughts with his napkin, which he rolls together and then back apart again. “But could I have said that? That I was happy that we were out?”
Quite incredible to listen to a pro being brutally honest about how they think in big moments. He also had this to say on his last year with Arsenal.
“Everyone says I should really savour the last year, play as much as possible, really soak everything in,”
“I’d most like to sit on the bench, or, even better, in the stands.”
Fairplay to him, if anyone has deserved a break, it’s him. He put on one of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed in an FA Cup final last May. If he’s taking it easy in the final 5 months of his career, good on him.
It was pretty disappointing to read that Hamann, a fellow German footballer, would take pretty gross view of the comments, especially considering the demons he’s had to deal with.
“He makes another statement that is questionable for me”
“He is still under contract with Arsenal and says that he has no more buck and likes to sit in the stands. He is still paid by the club and has a responsibility.
“I find that disrespectful to the fans, his team-mates and the coach. The club is up to its neck at the moment and then you have one of the captains who sits down and says that he no longer wants to play for the club.
“Whether he is the right person to give young players values such as identity and loyalty next year, I have my doubts.”
Can you imagine being a young player and not wanting to learn from a World Cup winner / Bundesliga Winner / 4 time FA Cup winner? I can’t. What a toxic comment.
Per is a legend. I’m now getting excited about what he plans to bring to the youth setup.
“I want to attack the system. We are responsible for the boys who come to us. They cannot bet everything on the football card and neglect school.” He says that ultimately, only 1 percent of them will succeed. “And of the remaining 99 percent, 60 percent will become long-term unemployed.”
I mean, I’d prefer you attack the system and send some to the top, but it’s nice he’s thinking about the kids as humans.
Right, that’s me done.