WHERE ARE THE PLAYERS, RAUL?
WHAT IS GOING ON?
Oh, it’s only early June… I see… calm down, right?
There’s quite a lot of work to be done this summer, my main concern is that focus has been on exiting someone from the business, are we still moving things along elsewhere? In business, is it actually possible to do more than one thing at a time… I’m sure we’ll learn.
The other worry I have is Edu hasn’t been confirmed, nor has he sacked in this silly job he has going on over in Brazil.
There has been a lot of conjecture about whether Edu will be able to deliver in Europe. From what I’ve heard, Edu is a very impressive character and he’ll be no Raul shill. He’s coming in as a technical director because he’s literally very technical. He’s not just here because he knows Arsenal, he’s coming in because he has a fantastic reputation, he’s a student of the entirety of the game, and he’s clearly obsessed enough about life after football because he retired rich and jumped into the next phase immediately and moved through the ranks. I also reckon he buys elite fragrances. Probably mixes them up as well. Definitely smells expensive. I’d be dropping a Joe Biden on him if I were let loose near him.
Brazil might not be dropping World Cups on the regular, but remember, they aren’t mugs. Bullsitting your way to the technical position over there is no easy feat.
What I like about the hire is it’s an unknown. I’d much rather take a punt on someone who could be the future, versus someone who was a big deal 5 years ago. I’d rather work with someone on the ascension, than at a crossroads (Emery/Monchi). I’m also happy that the technical director understands the DNA of Arsenal, and not from a 100-year past perspective, but looking at the next 100 years we desire.
Namely, we want to play beautiful football, win trophies and maintain all the bits that make Arsenal special as a football institution.
I want class to be a byproduct of how we operate, not an excuse for why we fail.
Anyway, I’m excited about Edu, I just hope we don’t fuck things up before he arrives.
The fixtures are in and they aren’t kind. Champions League finalists in the first 4 games.
- Newcastle (A)
- Burnley (H)
- Liverpool (A)
- Spurs (H)
- Watford (A)
All three of those away games are problematic.
The real stinger this year is the mid-December onwards grouping of matches.
- West Ham (A) (Dec 7)
- City (A) (Dec 14)
- Everton (A) (Dec 21)
- Bournemouth (A) (Dec 26)
- Chelsea (H) (Dec 28)
- United (H) NYD
We’ve had a savage December run in the past, but the major concern this year is that we’re playing mostly teams with big squads over that period. The crunch is usually easier to deal with because the shit kicker teams can’t hack the pace because of the lack of depth, so they usually play weaker sides and take their chances on easier games.
The other challenge with the fixture list is we have a lot of our tough away games in the back half of the season… so we could very well fall into the same Emery trap we did this season… do the business at home then absolutely tank when it matters.
We’ll see though, let’s see what a reimagination of our squad does this summer. Let’s also see what a new Head of High Performance brings to the table, hopefully, it’s Shad and we don’t have to go through a complete rebuild of the backroom team and have to transition with people that don’t understand the league.
I also think Emery has to put the Europa safety blanket to one side this season and be realistic about cups. We don’t need to send our best players away to Quarabag. We don’t need to go big in the early rounds of the cups with key players, the rewards just aren’t lucrative enough to merit loading up fragile legs with pointless minutes.
I can forgive last years mistakes, but Emery will not be given the same chances this season… we have to hire in players that are fast, powerful and mentally strong. We don’t want Sevilla worker bees, we need to remember that this is the Premier League, we need exceptional talent that can grow. Not a bag of 28-year-old journeyman right out of the yellow sticker bin.
We also need to be careful with how head into the winter, because if we’re fucked like we were this year, we are in deep shit because that run of games will end our season.
Finally, Martin Ziegler has a piece in The Times that states an Academy Coach called a teenage girl reffing an under 9s game a ‘little prick’ and made her cry. He is still with the club. Is that Arsenal class? Does that behaviour make the fans proud? Fuck no. Where are you Vinai? The brutalising of kids on the sidelines is bad enough in Sunday League, but attacking a teenage referee is absolutely beyond the pale… that sort of behaviour from someone raising the next generation of kids should never be tolerated. I don’t care what anyone says, respect for referee should be absolute at all levels, so this sort of thing needs to be nipped in the bud.
Right, fun game we’re playing on Twitter.
Name Wenger’s 5 biggest mistakes:
- Not leaving after his FA Cup wins, particularly Chelsea
- Asking Zlatan for a trial
- Waiting 2 seasons for Chamakh
- Passing on Hig at £32m
- Silvestre being ‘You will like my surprise’ of summer 2008
GO GO GO