A couple of days out the mixer and something massive happens, best described by Boreham Wood’s boss Luke Garrard.
“They’re the best team I have ever faced in my career. You look at the two side they put out, they’re frightening. They were here to put on a show for their new manager. Killer, ruthless – they were ready to hit us with every blow they could.”
GET IN FUTURE, here we are!
I didn’t watch the game, but I can tell you, I watched the goals and they were fun. Nelson and Auba dropping a couple of pearlers. Amazing that Emery took the squad back to training for a session after.
Someone asked me about the hammering Wenger took for overtraining, asking if it were the same for Emery. Absolutely, our new manager is taking the same risks as our old manager did when it comes to overloading the players in preseason. The difference here is Emery has complex ideas he needs to communicate to his players and he needs to do that on the training pitch. He can’t really afford to do that slowly because he has to keep himself in the job and he has to prove to the world he’s great.
We might see the impact of the preseason with injuries, particularly because his strength and conditioning coach is an unknown quantity and one would expect he’s likely as crazy to deal with as Carcedo. Keeping players fit heading into December is imperative. We’ve seen Wenger bollocks seasons time and time again because he’d use the same players over and over again at the start of the season, then they’d die in December, get ravaged by injuries, then recover in March for the top 4 chase. Hopefully we’ll avoid that.
I guess that’s where my main concerns lie with Emery and the whole of the new setup. No one has Premier League experience. Players run faster for longer in our league, pound for pound the quality is superior to the other leagues in Europe, there are also more games played over a longer period of time. No break either. No one has really experienced that in the new regime bar the old players he kept around.
That’s why I worry about Sokratis, Lichtsteiner and the new contract for Xhaka. Those are three players who are dreadfully slow. You can’t get away with a lack of mobility in the Premier League, so it’ll be very interesting to see if those moves were an ‘experience’ oversight, or I’m just not clued into the new plan.
Anyway, a great start for Emery, with plenty of hard work still to come. So good to see the players showing off for the new coach.
The World Cup was quite the spectacle. Olivier Giroud bagged the biggest trophy without landing a single shot on target through the whole tournament. Good for him, fuck the haters, we still love him even if he is CHELSEA SCUM. The game wasn’t quite as one-sided as the score, but when it came down to it, France just has an incredible squad of talent who can sit in second gear and still score 4 goals.
The big news for me is Mbappe is now the new king of world football. He scored in the final as a teenager, he looks unbelievably comfortable on the biggest stage, and I think he’s just seen off Ronaldo and Messi. He’s the new king in town. It was funny listening to commentators talking about his rise in the World Cup like he was some unknown dropping a worldie from the second division.
‘You’ll remember the name’
… for fucks sake lads, he went to PSG for £163m last summer, we’re pretty fucking aware of who he is.
I’m pleased for him regardless, and furious at Arsenal for not paying off his parents with the big dollars.
Interesting that France win the World Cup without a single Arsenal player. A sad indictment of the banter years.
There’s not much else in the news about Arsenal, we hired a new physio from Port Adelaide, Darren Burgess hiring in some friends after unfairly firing Colin Lewin. Sociedad is in for Monreal, a move I hope doesn’t happen. Lucas Perez wants to stay at Arsenal to work under Emery. Ospina is in the sights of Napoli, let’s pray that goes through.
Right, that’s me done. See ya’ll tomorrow.