Sooooo… I broke my arm yesterday, and typing has gone from a breeze to a farce. Bear with me people, all I want to do is make sweet long-form content.
Press are going hard that Ozil asked to come back to AFC early after his WC abomination. If true, that’s great news, I mean, let’s be real, he used his vacation days through the season, so it’s no surprise he wants back early. He also didn’t play that much in the WC. Good news if he wants to fight this season, we’ll need him consistently at his best if we’re to progress.
… but, make no mistake, he hasn’t given a fuck up until now, regardless of what the Oziltoligists will have you believe. He needs to do some work this year to bring the fans back onboard.
Jezza W broke the story that Arsenal will be hiring in a Russian game maker to oversee data for injuries.
Zhilkin’s remit will centre on analysing injury and physical data rather than recruitment or technical performance. Injuries were a significant problem for Arsenal across a series of seasons in the second decade of Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager and an issue that was the subject of several internal reviews.
It all also follows a huge overhaul in the club’s medical staff under Burgess, who was appointed in July 2017, following Wenger’s departure as manager earlier this year. As well as Colin Lewin leaving his job as head of medical services, physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth and osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel were all let go.
Zhilkin has described himself as a “data scientist interested in rational thinking, automation, data visualisation, machine learning, association football”.
Joel Lopez, the 16 yr old Barca left-back will join when he’s 17.
“It will be the club that I always carry in my heart for all the wonderful moments that I have lived.
“It was a difficult decision but after contemplating it with my family I made the decision to go and start a new stage as a footballer with great enthusiasm.”
Watch your back Nacho and BIG Kol, the kid is coming for your living and your self-esteem.
Sad news about The Ox being out for the year, but, you can’t say its not the exact same issue he had with us. We wish him a swift recovery!
Right, I’m done, that was rank, see you tomorrow!