Arsenal’s game with Vorskla has been moved to Kiev. Why?
‘Arsenal’s Europa League group tie with Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava has been moved to Kiev due to security concerns.’
For fuck’s sake… the country we’re heading to has parts of it under martial law. SAY WHAT. I hope no Arsenal fans went to Ukraine earlier to soak up the culture. Nightmare.
I also hate the fact we’re in such a shite competition that we have to fly a very long way to play on a terrible pitch, to a small crowd, on a freezing cold night. There is no respect for players bodies. Let’s hope Emery takes a very weak squad.
Great news is Spurs are playing Inter Milan and they HAVE to play a full team as they chase CL group stage survival. If we send no players to the Ukraine, we’ll have a squad that’s spent a weak refreshing the legs, whilst being drilled tactically. That is a huge advantage. Poch was only complaining last week about player fatigue. I don’t think we were over exerted against Bournemouth and I certainly think Spurs blew a gasket against Chelsea (hopes really hard).
Unai Emery channeled his inner ARRRRFUUUR FOOCKING SHELBY when speaking about how Arsenal train.
“I try to encourage the players to be more demanding,”
“One of the first things we looked at with the players was the idea of training for training’s sake, training to compete and training to win. Those are three different steps and very often players do them subconsciously.
A massive zinger at Arsene there. Arsene didn’t change the way he trained for 16 years, and it was pretty clear that there was no intensity to the way they players were coached. Emery is trying to up the energy levels and he’s trying to give it purpose by making players better.
“You want development and improvement from all players. Obviously, when you have a squad of 25 players, you’re not going to be able to achieve that with all of them because at the end of the day you’re not able to give all of them the consistency of opportunity so that they all move in the same direction.
“That said, you need to get the best out of the individual players in training and then implement that in the matches. It’s more noticeable with some players because the players more and have the capacity to do so, and perhaps because they’ve also found new impetus.
Emery is making players accountable. He’s probably setting them individual goals. He’s likely trying to keep the players all mentally involved in the game.
Sure, I’m celebrating absolute basics here, but who cares, I spent 11 years telling people these things weren’t happening… now we’re finding out that this information was correct.
Things will still go wrong. We could still finish 5th. We might not achieve much this season. But everything is a process this year. It’s hard for anyone to rectify 10 years of neglect in a year. But we’ll get there, even if it takes 3 managers to achieve that.
Finally, take a listen of our latest podcast. It’s me and Aash shooting the shit about a range of issues that spans super league, Mesut, Emery, and the much discussed budget. Enjoy.