Sometimes, people say to me, ‘Pedro, you have great sensibilities in understanding physiological circumstances when it comes to diagnosis of player ailments.’ Need proof? Well, BILD took the Le Grove commentary on Fortnite playing to the next level
“Yes, that can be the cause of Ozil’s back problems,”
“A competitive athlete feels the consequences of hours of inactivity much faster than a non-athlete.
“This is because Ozil’s physical structures are highly tuned due to his intense training.
“A non-athlete, however, does not notice that.”
So, if you’re a fat c*nt, excessive gaming is not an issue… but if you’re a highly-tune athlete, maybe. Rent-a-quote isn’t always the best place to get your information, but it has been interesting reading around about this issue. There have been issues in MLB over here, with one player having to miss a game because of carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s also notable that China is taking note of the issue, looking to crack down on tech firms that use ever-smarter ways to keep people hooked into their games.
What is astounding about this whole story is how the media works. What started out as a tongue in cheek joke is now being re-reported as Bild’s story on a Russian propaganda website. Unreal times we live in.
Anyway, a touch alarming the German is still out of action. Hopefully whatever the issue, it’s resolved in good time.
In other sadder news, Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a bunch of Stone Island thugs at the Chelsea game over the weekend. A lot of soul searching has to be done over this bullshit rearing its ugly head again. Sterling dug out the media for their part in this. That’s certainly true to a certain degree. But I think you also have to give some of the blame to politicians who’ve lost all sense of decorum and the corrosive nature of social media, giving rise to fringe idiots.
It’s incredible that in the space of a week, we’ve seen vile fan abuse at one of the biggest Premier League showcases in the world, and a banana thrown at an Arsenal player.
I don’t want to tell people what to do in the grounds, but if you’re there, and you hear someone shouting racist remarks, it’s up to you to speak up. Don’t giggle along. We’re all responsible for enabling that sort of bollocks. If you can get punched in the face for calling Arsene Wenger a balloon head, you should get an ear full for taking player abuse too far.
This is a photo of Matty G looking fine for Canal+. There was some debate had online about his choices, but for me, he’s looking exceptional here. The light pattern shows off a penchant for understated flair, I like the crisp white shirt and his decision not to wear a bow tie, and finally, I’m very much into the choice of what looks like a vintage Rolex.
The kid has it all.
Unai Emery has responded to concerns of the site over the growing injury list and whether his intense training methods are to blame.
“No. I don’t know if this is the reason. Big injuries like with Rob and Welbeck is…
“Then it is normal. We have played three matches.
“Mustafi is ok. It’s only because he is feeling muscular [that he came off], but [it’s] not a break.”
Weirdly, it’s great news that whatever happened to Mustafi is not that important. Hopefully, we’ll have a solid December and keep the injury issues down to a minimum. We don’t have a particularly deep squad and we really are going to need to lean into hard if we’re planning on competing with an extremely competitive top 6 this season.
I still can’t get over how good our start has been, and how poor our league position is. We’re 8 points off the top and unbeaten in 21 games. Staggering. If we’re thinking pragmatically, it’s going to still be extremely difficult for us to break the top 4 this season. Perhaps Europa is our best bet for getting back to the Champions League?
If we do get there, we’re going to have to spend big to improve the squad, because at the minute, we’re getting by on having a really easy Europa League group to play against. Getting back into the big time and having to play an elite 11 6 extra times before the December crunch is going to be tough to master after 2 seasons in the wilderness.
Right, that’s all I have for you beautiful festive people. See you in the comments.