Hosting is the worst thing you can possibly be asked to do. I had to chef a BBQ in 38 degree heat, no wind and no skill. I didn’t feel like a man. I felt like a fireman pulling burnt people out of a pit of hell. I had a flame rash across my chest this morning. Then to make matters worse, everyone stays after and drinks all you booze. I didn’t buy 20 bottles of fine spirit to share with people. I bought it because it looks pretty. People are simply atrocious.
I did catch some of the game yesterday. Again, I don’t want to get too deep into the preseason nonsense because who the fuck knows what’s going to show up for the Newcastle game.
However, we can distil the last month into three areas:
- The young players are making a case
- The defence looks really bad
- Will a winger make us better defensively because we appear to be banking a lot on that notion
Mr Willock put in another shift. He’s a very interesting player. There’s no fear in his game, he finds the right spaces, he’s a pretty good passer of the ball and he has an uncanny knack of getting into goalscoring positions (Freddie-ish, of course). Sure, his finishing is offbeat at the minute, but remember, the art is finding positions and good timing, scoring comes with age.
I thought Reiss Nelson looked on a mission yesterday. The most notable feature of his game is the pace he offers. We really lacked any sort of power moving foward last year. Auba is fast, but he’s kind of blunted as he’s the only player that can move at speed. Also, most of his goals come from 8 yards and closer. Auba at his peak was playing alongside Dembele, out of his 30 odd goals that season, most were a result of him getting to the 6 yard line fastest.
Back to Reiss, even if he’s green, he poses a different type of threat. Will a junior player with power and pace offer more than a senior player like Iwobi who has neither?
That’s part of the big debate my friends… a debate you can have in our comments section.
The other big news story was that Mustafi was booed.
Look, I’m all for virtue signalling that this is unacceptable… but I also don’t give a rats arse. If he were a Liverpool player he’d have 10 caravans in his front garden. If this were Madrid, they’d mail a pigs head to his home and harass him on the street.
Mustafi should be nowhere near the first team next year and him hanging onto a contract he ‘loves’ should not be a joyful experience. It is not my job to care about the retirement fund of someone that is bad at their job.
Fans taking action is fine by me. I’m sure Emery was secretly fist-bumping. Anyone who is crying about this won’t be when he’s using his hands to defend a pass from his own teammate against Liverpool in a few weeks.
There are rumblings that PSG are in for Pepe. I’m calm about it. The player wants to go to the bright lights of the greatest league in the world. Go to PSG and be a number, go to Arsenal and follow in the footsteps of African GIANTS of the game. Arsenal, despite its problems, is probably the best move for a player of 24 that wants to make a statement.
I am still a touch bothered about the lack of interest from other clubs. Notably, because the players relatives are working the deal. Is this a ‘hot goods’ deal’? Part of the intrigue of this deal is if it were a Wenger regime, we’d not be doing business. The worry is we go too far the other way and we’re facing a ban in 5 years time because we built his family a castle back in the Ivory Coast.
But again, my ethics go out the window when there’s an elite wide player with a super cool Adidas launch video incoming.
I’m done for the day, come into the comments and ask me about how I barbequed the shit out of a spicy Italian sausage… and won.
Also, listen to the below podcast. It’s a fucking banger about Arsenal vs United. It’s so well produced. Well played Team Mundial.