WORLD CUP DAY!
Get in people. Beers in the sun. Hype for the lads. All day sessions. Chanting in the streets. Tears. Disappointment. Maybe a 22 man brawl in an All Bar One. Penalties. Germans. Ronaldo tears for sure.
Shame I’m in the US and I’ll miss all of this.
I don’t mean to denigrate the country I pay taxes in, but you have to find the real nerds to get a football experience (thankfully, I found them) over here. Mostly, it’s people politely asking what the fuck is going on over your shoulder.
‘SHUT UP BRENDAN I’M TRYING TO ENJOY THIS SAUDI GAME’
Anyway, it’ll be fun.
For once, I don’t have a lot of opinions about what’s going to happen. I’m hoping the ball works properly. I want the big teams to play their absolute best. I’m praying for all the elite players, no one wants to see Salah ping a hamstring after 10 minutes. I’m also looking for Nigeria to take their play to the same levels as their kit. Also, I’d love to see Southgate have a cracker… and I’d love to see Sterling destroy the critics.
Should be a fun tournament. We’ll get to see Torriera play tomorrow at 8am (EST). All the rumblings are that he’s basically a done deal. We’ve signed Kantzorla for our midfield next year. Bring in Bernd Leno and a Caglar, and shit me, we’ll be rolling.
Sven M, Raul and Emery will have made all the changes we’ve been begging for 10 years, inside 6 months.
Careful what you wish for? Get fuuuuuucked…
That doesn’t mean things won’t go wrong, there’s still a huge amount of uncertainty when it comes to how we’ll play when the season starts. That’s obviously not been helped by the fixture list. I could swear when United have started with new managers, they’ve been utterly blessed with easy games?
Arsenal have to roll out the new era against City (H) and Chelsea (A). As Matt quipped earlier, I’ll be happy if we’re unbeaten. Unfortunately, the ideas Emery is bringing will be in incubation stages, our World Cup players won’t be fit and may not be available, and we’ll be playing against a well oiled billion $ machine. As fans, we just have to keep the faith and not lose our shit if the worst happens. That said, we’ll have a very strong squad, and hopefully being at home will carry the same value as it did last season. Top 3 baby! Also worth noting that City won’t be as strong in season two, and Chelsea, as it stands, are in a right fucking mess.
If we can take two points from those games, we have a very comfortable run of 6 games heading into the international break. If we can finish that period with 18 points, we’ll be very much in the mixer, and really, that’s what our season has to be about. We need to be in striking distance of the top 4 come what March.
Coming back from the first international break to Liverpool isn’t helpful, but at least it’s at home, and they’ll be just as fatigued as our boys. One thing to consider here is Arsenal players will have the luxury of a midweek break, unless Unai thinks he needs to play the first team for the group stages of the Europa. We’ll be more physically prepared than them. They also won’t have the luxury of planning. Their players will be back on a coach as soon as they land. We’ll have a little bit more time, and our players will be a little more comfortable.
We also get fucked after the next international break, welcoming Spurs to The Emirates as the first game. Not ideal, but again, they’ll be more fatigued than our boys, and hopefully that new stadium is bad to them and their form is in pieces. Playing United 3 days later is also shite. The manager is going to have to hope he can take 4 points from those games, and then he’s going to have to do something Wenger never did… rotate the fuck out of his players for the four games after (Huddersfield, Southampton, Burnley, Brighton), because we play Liverpool at the end of that run. The great thing about the December crunch is the shite teams generally don’t have squads that can cope with three games a week. If we’re strong, they might rest their legs for easier points opps.
January has one tough game against Chelsea, Feb has us start the month against City away, then a pivotal start to March where we’ll play Spurs (A) and United (H) back to back. You’d like to think those games will have some meaning. Take 4 points there and then we have a real chance at top 4. Our final 8 games are a cake walk, we just have to hope we haven’t burnt down the bakery before we get there.
Right, I’m off to watch the World Cup,
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