I am still super angry about the result at the weekend. Those goals are so embarrassing. What a bloody mess.
There is 100% understanding over here that the manager had to rotate, but there are a few caveats that I can say with SUPREME retroactive confidence.
Firstly, I don’t understand why the manager has only cottoned onto rotation at this point in the season. We’re throwing players into the mix that are average start with, but we’re playing them with hardly any games in their legs. Wenger used to do this same. He’d keep players on the bench until they were needed when he’d crashed players in Feb and the players coming in would feel unloved and rusty and often pick up new injuries (Tommy V in his last season).
Lesson here is that next season, he has to make sure that every single player in his squad is capable of contributing positively. A wage bill of £220m should ensure that. We’re not Stoke… if there are bad players in the squad, bin them off. If there are very green players, put them out on loan (I know we’ve done a lot of that this year). If they won’t leave, pay them off like we did with Denilson.
The second lesson for me is this… give the kids a chance, especially in positions where historically, young players have done well. Full backs, wing backs and wide positions up top seem perfect testing grounds for young players who aren’t scared to have a go. Emery has done a great job with AMN this season and to a lesser degree the mighty Matteo. I’d love to see him give some game time to players like ESR, Willock, Reiss and Eddie next season. If they aren’t good enough, loan them and populate the bench with people that can do the job.
There is no third lesson… if you sign up to my Patreon there might be… or you might just be putting money into a pot for no reason. YOUR CHOICE.
CHELSEA DREW TO BURNLEY. The top 4 race is unreal. We are STILL on for it, with the path literally in our own nicely moisturised hands (Aesop, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm as you’re asking). That’s great news, it gives us another crack at having a great season.
Arsenal, United, Spurs and Chelsea chasing top 4. pic.twitter.com/0HKmAUqyB5
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) April 22, 2019
Nobody wants it… what a mess!
Wolves come tomorrow. They aren’t in great form. They’ve only won two from 6. There was a giant-killing with United, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. They are there for the taking, but we absolutely have to do something to deal with their outrageous counter-attack… like, not including Mustafi, Elneny and Jenkinson would be a start.
The manager thinks it’s all about the battle.
“But it’s a good moment to try to do all we can, with intelligence. We need to be clear, we need to play with heart but above all being clear in our minds.
“They are going to push a lot tomorrow. I worked one thing here very quickly. We are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with a big motivation.
“One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal. Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it’s important to try to win against us.”
Motivation shouldn’t be a problem, dealing with their aggression might be. But we have to want to be in the mixer here. Europa League is a far tougher CL proposition because we’ll have to beat Chelsea. The league is our greatest chance to cap this season well. Spurs could still drop points because they’ll be captivated by the Champions League, and no one else is a sure bet.
I am so desperate for us to prove our mettle tomorrow night… we are good enough, I don’t know why people keep debating that point, it’s all about refocusing and going hard at them.
Finally, before I go. A bit of a kindness ask. Luke, top Gooner lad (good looking boy in the photo below), lost his life recently (read here). His uncle, Dominic, is raising money for East Anglian Air Ambulance as they airlifted his son to the hospital and did a great job. I think you should NOT put currency into my Patreon, and instead add some money to the fund which is a whopping £22k. It’s a great cause and it would mean a lot to me and his uncle.
Gooners, we all look after each other, right? Thank you in advance for your generosity!