OK SO I WALKED PAST PIRLO.
Man, what a fucking babe.
That hair is more elite than his career.
Incredible moment. I shared a pavement with him.
Did I consider saying hello? No way. You gotta play it cool. He definitely doesn’t know who I am, but if he saw me again he’d say, ‘great job walking past me, real breezy, let me buy you a beer.’
I spent some time at the weekend watching a bit of PSG vs Rennes. Thomas Tuchel’s side isn’t clicking quite yet, but it was interesting watching Rennes. They have a young squad with a highly rated coach. Their stadium was packed and very loud. One of their star kids coming through is Ismaila Sarr. He’s tall, fast and a reminded me a little of an early days Dembele (who is about the same age). Anyway, we’re being linked with a move for him by The Mirror.
Seems highly likely we’d be interested in him, we’re really lacking explosive pace and skill out wide from someone who knows the job. Could be an exciting move if he carries on his trajectory. He has 3 goals in 7 matches this season. Last season he managed 5 goals and 5 assists in 27 games. Not bad considering he had an injury that kept him out for 3 months (be real, the injury makes him more appealing to us)
Petr ‘great hands’ Cech trash talked Wenger.
What? He did.
“What we lacked in the past – I would say the ‘Arsenal way’ was more important than getting the points sometimes, and this is not how you win the league,”
“Sometimes you need to make sure you win an ugly game, when you are not playing completely well but you just dig deep, close the back door and win 1-0 no matter how.”
Fair shout, there’s no doubt that Emery knows how to win a game ugly, he’s done it five times on the bounce. Now, do I desire sexy? Yes. But let’s not pretend Wenger was winning ugly or sexy. Arsenal has been a drab ship of misery for 10 years.
These words on preparation were music to my ears.
“It comes from the preparation, the everyday work and from the manager’s way of playing the game as well,” Cech said. “We work very hard every day to give ourselves the chance to compete with everybody and hopefully it will be working even better than it has been for the last four games.
“He is very demanding and this is how you improve. I think the place has become much more demanding in every way so this is great to see because this is what initially drives everybody forward and gives you the kind of kick that ‘I’m not doing enough to start the game’, or ‘I’m not doing enough to keep my spot in the game’, because the manager asked for precision and hard work every day. This is how it should be. We have very healthy competition and we are actually taking the benefit of it.”
FEED ME THE GOODNESS OF A MODERN MANAGER.
There was a half-interesting analysis of Ramsey in The Times. It kind of read like the sort of person who’d been given access codes to Opta but only watched 2 of our games in the last year.
‘RAMSEY HAS CREATED SOME CHANCES, the difference? The manager’ <ish
Errr, sure, but the difference is he’s playing as a #10.
The article referenced how Ramsey has more assists and goals than Ozil over the last 30 games. Again, looks great on paper, but Ozil has been a fucking car crash for the last 30 games, struggling with being miserable and having a back problem.
I’d LOVE to think Aaron is a magical #10, but I’m struggling to see that come to fruition. I’m certainly not convinced after two assists (1 accidental) with zero goals to his name. Some say he’d be a nightmare at the base of midfield in the Xhaka role, I’m not so sure. I thought he looked pretty good next to Arteta back in the day. Would it be fair to say Torreira is a little Arteta-ish?
Could be the Xhaka disdain talking, right guys? How can I be so mean to someone who plays so many wonderful balls into the final third!
We’ll see, it’s really not my problem, as long as we keep winning ugly, I’ll have to keep my big mouth shut.
That said, after being pilloried for daring to say I can’t see the vision Emery is offering, people are dropping that same line everywhere. It’s like I cleared the way. The Guardian and The New York Post piped up with similar musings.
Brentford are up on Wednesday, should be a grudge match after they beat us convincingly in preseason. Emery will want to avenge the savaging, and he’ll no doubt want to give Leno a nervous twitch by forcing him to keep a clean sheet and bag and assist. Should be fun.
Right, that’s all I have today, thanks for popping by. Listen to my damn podcast.