Well good morning to you all… today, I blog from LONDON.
It’s good to be back sitting on the train, being repulsed by a person eating a prawn sandwich at 7am. It’s just what the doctor ordered. I even made a pal on the flight… we took the front row of the poor people seats AND had a middle row free. We were Kings… for me, that’s the real first class. You can be 6ft 9 and still have ample leg room… you get out the plane first… you have all the smugness of a 23-year-old BMW 3 series owner.
So anyway, a really great day. It’s good to be back in the hood. I’m eating a Gregg’s sausage roll as I pick through the news of the day… most notable of course is that it turns out, OGS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD. After moaning about the term, I now love calling people fraudulent. I said it to my mum the other day, caught her off guard BIG time. So good. Anyway, it does seem like xG catches up with you in the end. All those flukey results weren’t the return of Fergie’s United… they were just flukey results. Now the glow of being welcomed to training with a ‘hello, friend, may we hug’, versus… ‘get your tracksuit on you fat c*nt’, has worn off… United are starting to look Mourinho-esque.
Fair play to Wolves though… they were tenacious, ambitious and they worked harder than United. I am a touch worried about heading there if I’m honest.
The race for top 4 is tipping so hard in our direction it’s making me feel a little uncomfortable… it’s now ours to fuck… and Arsenal LOVE to fuck things up. However, at least the cushion for fucking things is now a little plumper (not sure if that works?)… we can make the gap 5 points between United if we win our game in hand.
You still can’t write off Chelsea… but they do have United, Liverpool, Watford, Leicester, Burnley and West Ham to deal with. There’s championship winning spirit in that squad, I just struggle to see Sarri unlocking it.
You also can’t write off Spurs… BUT they have to play City 3 times in a month which is not only tough physically, it’s tough mentally. There is only so much focus you can give when you’re Spursy by nature, I’m not sure they are going to handle the run, they are in a belief sinkhole of death if I’m analysing this correctly. They have Palace tonight PLUS Everton and West Ham to deal with. Not to mention that a new stadium is rarely a gift.
It is LOOKING very good for us.
But don’t count those chickens… or empty tubs of SUPER STRENGTH WET LOOK GEL out of the Colney bins. Just believe real hard…
Arsenal are being linked with Ryan Fraser. A good player. Doesn’t leave me feeling too frisky I have to say. I can’t even be bothered to write about it. I’m draining at the thought of mastering a hot take. I don’t have one.
I tell you who does… Wenger. He’s turned into the ultimate soundbite after refreshing his words over the last 9 months.
This is my favourite.
“You’re loved when you’re born, you’re loved when you die, in between you have to manage.”
Someone find me the applause emoji… and that squirrel story.
“The animal is survival. High-level sport too. It’s me or the others. But in a collective sport it is also me AND the others. The squirrel shares his body between the head and the top. Football is that, manage with the brain and legs. But if someone does not get up very often, it will never make him a very good footballer. ”
BRAVO SIR WENGER. More please… get me motivated that you can ALWAYS grow as a person.
“I wanted to test myself and on a whim I went there in a Nagoya team that did not win a match. At 47, it changed me at all levels. In the first ten games, we lose eight and I have an anecdote about it. The president calls me to his office and before I go, I tell my assistant to pack his bags because we were going to be fired. The speech seemed clear: “The results do not meet expectations and what I am going to tell you will not please you. But we have to face this situation … We are going to separate from the translator “. I was surprised and I managed to keep him working with us, we saved his head. By the way, he’s in the room tonight (Monday). He became a friend. After, on the experience in Japan, it is the perpetual isolation. Your only company is yourself. With the players, something new happened to me in my life. I banned the ball in training or in the game because they were already dead. They were preparing before to be level and they were cooked afterwards. They had to be channeled. ”
Oh man… this is TOO much.
He’s on FIRE… just like my ticket purchasing game. I am seeing Arsenal with a pal in DC. Cannot wait to yell about soccerball and maybe see Robbie from AFTV. #Dreams
Anyway, time for me to go and be with family and shit.
See you in the comments. x
P.S. One of my total fave football/biz writers, Matt Scott, has launched a NEW website called Football DNA that you need to go and look at. As always, he finds the next level, is the next level with an excellent blend of words and rock solid data. Proper data as well… with insights. None of this singular-data-point-to-tell-a-story nonsense. Jump on it!