Oh man, I’ve had a week of fuck ups… I totally failed yesterday. I tried to make an aggressive point about xG. I used the right data, but I mistakingly tried to credit the origin… but put the wrong tweet in its place.
My argument was sound, but my data inaccurate. I deserved the ‘you’ve lost all credibility’ commentary that proceeded the post.
Anyway, today is another day. Bernd Leno is talking to the press like he’s peak Johann Djourrou.
Now Petr is injured – I don’t know how long for – I have the opportunity to play more games and show the coach my quality,”
“It is a big chance for me.
“I don’t want to say it wrong that I am happy for Petr to be injured. I think always it is a bad feeling, so I feel sorry for him.
“But, now I have more opportunities to play and I will concentrate on the games.”
Good for you Bernd. It’s marv to read that you’ll concentrate and I’m glad you’re not too excited about the unfortunate hamstring injury of Petr Cech.
I liked what I saw in the second half against Watford. He’s a real sweeper keeper, he opens space for the defence because he wants the ball, his passes are more ambitious and he’s very flexible in playing short or long. I think his shot-stopping leaves a lot to be desired, but hopefull,y he’ll grow into the role and cement his place in the first team.
Bolton lad, Rob Holding let the fans know what Emery has to say about football.
“He said when he came in that he wanted to bring a winning mentality and you get that from wins and going into each game confident.
“It was a competitive and physical game and we knew that coming in. We just had to stand up to the battle.”
Fucking inspirational shit right there. If you win, confidence breeds like jackrabbits on a sunny meadow. He’s right, football is a simple game. You win, life is good… you lose, carnage can be just around the corner. I really like Holding. He’s been great in the last two games, he’s fast, great on the ball, and he’s a tough bastard because he’s from the north. Hopefully he’ll retire Mustafi.
Unai Emery: El Maestro, is being published by the very talented Romain Molina. You might remember his exciting take on the Spaniard when we hired him this summer. It’ll be a very interesting read, the author seems the type who is very into the details of football, versus the panto-esque nonsense a lot of our journos are about. Hopefully there’s a chapter about how shite football comes good, and shithousery being the path to tika-taka righteousness.
Finally, we only went and done another podcast. Aash, Pete and Matt chatting good tings about the Arsenal. Tune in, I felt chipper after the episode!