Watching the Spurs game. VAR decision goes against them, then they drop a goal with some sloppy defending. Gotta love that.
VAR needs to have the kinks worked out. It takes too long and some of the decisions they’re looking at go against the spirit of the game. Why are football bodies so bad at implementing ideas? Then, why does it take so long for them to pivot?
The tech has to work for the fans in the ground. Getting to the right decision shouldn’t be so difficult. No one was complaining about millimetres, we mostly just too umbrage at obvious decisions, game-killing errors, and cheating.
In other Spurs news… there’s this:
Imagine KNOWING there’s a market for a book about a failed Champions League run.
What are you saying about your target? Imagine it was you?
Male, 20-50, low expectations, doesn’t value time, easily entertained, quite gullible, a loser
Unreal that there’s a book, absolutely unreal.
In Arsenal news, Hector and Kieran T made their U23 returns. The reports coming back are that Tierney is really fucking quick compared to Bellerin… which means he must be very, very quick.
Great to see our two full-backs heading back into the mixer. Look at Tierney’s leg muscles.
SPURS LOSING. Genuinely finding myself quite jealous that we didn’t hire Brendy. He’s a very good manager. Leicester compete. They have a balanced side. The players work for him. He changes things in realtime and it works. The football is attractive.
He’s just a bit of a donut.
Our new hero, Saka, had more to say on Freddie.
“He’s been with me since I was 15 and seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble and keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player,”
“He’s been a player before so he understands how I would feel. He’s played in my position and it’s just so good to have him there, an Arsenal legend giving me advice. There’s not much more I can ask for.”
The Swede really has impacted the kids in quite a way. They all love him. It’s great to see. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him as the Arsenal manager at some point, though I think it’d be a mistake post Emery. We’ll see though, United and Chelsea have made similar moves, though both clubs are struggling to find form.
I think the biggest job Freddie can do this season is keeping the kids grounded. Both sides of that coin as well. He needs to keep the Saka’s of this world focused on their game, avoiding the trappings of ego and money. On the other side, he has to make sure he helps the kids that are struggling. Reiss has bundles of talent, but he looks like he’s in a confidence hole.
Basically the only stat where Emery is winning this season is the amount of kids he’s having to use, I think we’re only bettered by Manchester United. That obviously comes with downsides, inconsistent performances and weakness when times are brutal.
We’re in for a ride this season… our biggest challenger for top 4 is looking like it might be Leicester. They don’t have a better squad, but they certainly have a better team than us.
Huge game against Aston Villa tomorrow. They’re going to have watched what Burnley, Frankfurt and Watford did to us in midfield. They’re going to know the patterns in defence. They are going to press us hard, with McGinn terrorising us like a lunatic from the off.
Emery needs a response. He needs to stabilise the squad. He needs to show the fans he knows what he’s doing.
Finally, I was talking about some of the fancy stats they’re using in football these days. Below is one called packing. It basically tallies the amount of players bypassed with passing for and against. It’s a bit of a weird one, but basically, it correlates quite nicely with winning. Liverpool is a bit of an eyesore in the validation of its usefulness, but it’s not shocking to see what our players are being bypassed more than they are bypassing.
What do YOU think about hipster stats like this? Tell me in the comments. x
P.S. Alex Iwobi on the bench.
P.P.S. Arsenal, 16 years ago today. x
When Arsenal were a national disgrace on the regular. pic.twitter.com/qlsHDUSLFs
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) September 21, 2019