City press conference highlights

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Mikel definitely said we’d beat City 4-0 this Wednesday and move into 6th place in the league.

We’re going to go there trying to beat them, put all the things we can on the pitch to make it difficult for them, to create the scenarios we want to do during the game. Let’s see if we turn up on the day at our best, we can perform and win the game.

Ok, ok, he didn’t say that, but he said we’d try.

This game is going to be a really tough one, no doubt about it. They’ll be wounded after losing away at United and they’ll be desperate to make amends for all the horrendous… ‘OGS IS ACTUALLY AMAZING’ nonsense that floats into the footballing ether every time he wins more than 3 games in a row.

Arsenal win, we move to within 2 points of United. How anyone can be moist over the Mancs considering the season we’ve had compared to them is quite beyond me. They have been terrible… literally 2 points better than Arsenal during our worst season since time began, and people are purring over OGS like he’s the second coming of Christ. Someone called 28% possession ‘swagger’ yesterday… are you fucking kidding me? That’s like calling Ade Akinbiyi a Rolls Royce of a striker. Jokers.

I have no idea what the brief to the players is going to be, but we’ll basically have a full squad of players to choose from. Cedric is back in contention, which is pleasing, but also worrying as I have no idea whether he’ll be a bargain or a disaster. Shkodran Baresi should also be back in the mixer after his rather fast recovering from an injury a few weeks ago. Tierney is also in contention.

Will we shut up shop like United and hope to hit them on the break?

Will we go guns blazing like peak-Wenger and take glorious arse-spanking?

Or will we do something different?

The one thing we have on our side is intel. Arteta knows what they are up to over there. However, I remember thinking this when Petr Cech joined us and let’s be honest, it didn’t make a fucking blind bit of difference.

I’m really into the elite line of questioning one journo had when he asked if Arsenal need to be at their best to win.

I think we have to be at our best, that’s for sure. You have any chance to win a game at the Etihad against those players, we have to be at our best.

I think we are in two different processes and levels, at the moment we have to try manage those individually and collectively. We have to be at our best.

Imagine if he said,

No boss, we can cruise this bitch at 65%

My kind of answer.

Final tidbit that was interesting was how the manager answered the question of Saka vs Tierney.

They (Saka and Tierney) have to compete, they have to challenge each other and improve. Whoever is best will be in the position, which is a really good thing for the team

No doubt there, they are competing for a position… Saka is a left-back.

Finally, congrats to Ramsey on his title win. He scored and landed an assist yesterday. 11o0 minutes though. Love the player, but woah, that’s a costly £400k a week.

Right, I’m off, see you tomorrow, it’s work from home for the next 6 months. What a joy.


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  1. Nelson

    I agree with China1. Why this UK Government let an infected person, the Olympiacos owner meeting Arsenal players? Why they hide this instance until now? This sounds like the local Government in Wuhan.

  2. Moray

    Nelson, I suspect he wasn’t symptomatic at the time. And being Greek, he probably always has something of a sweat on!

  3. Sid

    Underrated CoqMarch 11, 2020 03:42:00

    I remember one particular fellow here, Marc was his moniker I think, who was mouthing off a few weeks ago how Coronavirus was just fearmongering and nothing more.

    The same character was talking about 2%-3% figures that the media plucked from the air and alot of censoreship(in the media and right here) in the name of “not causing panic”.

  4. Tony

    People are just playing Russian Roulette with their health, lives and the same of others if they don’t take this extremely seriously.

    Normally I’m a let’s watch closely and then make an educated decision as to a projected outcome. However when this first reared its ugly head in Wuhan and the initial amount of press from a generally secretive country, it had to be something to be very concerned about.

    My gut rarely lets me down with possible the exclusion of a south Thailand chilli curry.

    Human nature is perhaps ‘Me First’ and the UK has more than its fair share of those people when you consider their panic stock buying without a care for others; although I haven’t seen or heard of that in Thailand.

    Might be a good time to go to Whistler or the Maldives for a couple of months. I can vouch for both destinations.

    I have all I the creature comforts I need to be isolated with my family at home, so I’ll venture out again when it safe to do so.

  5. DivineSherlock

    All this talk of the virus and inaction of government and I live in India , wow. The Prime Minister has only issued an advisory to not visit the affected countries. Thats it. There is a 2 month long cricket tournament involving players from 8countries including UK. Nightmare stuff. Not to mention there is hardly any screening of people in airports.

  6. Tony

    I just added the 15 meter battle ropes to my gym and have been blown away by them and the intensity you can work 100% of the body’s musculature.

    I was impressed by the stress and HRs for all exercises one can do with them by the data I collected on my health apps.

    The ropes and a 80+kg punch bag and you’re sorted for a gym on a budget. Add TRX to that and you can have a lot of fun training.

  7. Valentin

    Lucky us.
    By the time the game is re-arranged Manchester City will have KdB, Sané, Aguero, Laporte back from injury.

    Plus if Manchester city is postponed because of the virus, the same decision criteria (14 days isolation for the players) would also applies to Brighton and Sheffield games.

  8. Aussie Gooner

    OMG! Panic buying has spread to remote Western Australia! I have just got back from the Aldi in town – no toilet rolls or dog food. How are we going to cope! Good job I had a bidet installed in my new house – the builders had never seen one before, let alone installed one! Now I’ve just got to figure out what the dogs are going to eat!

  9. DivineSherlock

    Guidelines are followed , since that game 14 days will have passed until we face Brighton. If noone shows symptoms then we are clear.

  10. DivineSherlock

    Yeah but that self isolation part is to prevent it from spreading . If we havent contracted it there is nothing to fear. If even one person has it then it will be a big worry and guidelines suggest that everyone in contact should self isolate themselves for further 14 days. Lets hope for nobody has gotten it.

  11. Bojangles

    I have no idea of how other countries are handling Covid 19 all I can speak of is the situation in Viet Nam. Originally there were 16 cases, all of which were released from hospital with clean health. A couple of weeks ago some UK holiday makers were diagnosed with it and although there were a few other cases spreading from these it appears to have been contained. Now the UK tourists along with a few other Europeans are being stopped from entering through either airport or land based entry points.

    This has resulted in me having to spend an extra $390 for a visa. If I leave the country I will not be allowed back in simply because I carry UK passport.

    So if what I am reading in here is correct then Fuck Johnson and his irresponsible attitude.

  12. Batistuta

    Everyone over here is freaking out, crazy stuff really…

    Read somewhere though the measures most African countries have put in place, they seem more prepared to deal with this than the West which is highly commendable.

    Also what is the UK doing not cancelling all sporting activities? They waiting like the clueless government here did till it spiralled out of control

  13. Habesha Gooner

    The most important detail in this Corona virus outbreak has been the ignorance of people. Everyone thinks this is just a flu. It’s not. No flu has caused complications in health like this flu. It causes respiratory illnesses like Pneumonia and It has been associated with kidney failure. People need to take it more seriously. And governments have shown a reluctance in stomping city lockdowns. It looks more a politics crisis than a health one to public officials. Economies are also being heavily affected and will continue to be affected unless there are serious measures taken in control of the spreading of the virus. In the long run the world economy will rise again if the proper measures are taken. If not it will continue to affect every country through this year.

  14. InsideRight

    Although it looks like others heard before I did…

    City are developing a right fixture pile up. If our boys are still training, then that will be a big help allowing Arteta more time to prepare them.

  15. DivineSherlock


    They dealt with Ebola . They have systems in place in any kind of virus outbreak scenarios. Africa are miles ahead of UK US and other bigger countries like Brazil , India.

  16. Spanishdave

    It’s flu
    Every year in uk over 10,000 people die of it in the uk
    In the world over 500,000 die of a flu virus, and the snowflakes have just found out.
    There are 67 million people in the uk and less than 10 people have died on three weeks.
    I am in the US and more than 1000 people have been killed by gunshot wounds in the last two weeks.

  17. DivineSherlock


    The flu has a vaccine . Corona Virus doesnt . It might not affect all & the mortality rate may be low but it is highly contagious and the ones immune to it can become a carrier of it, hence the self isolation. And including statistics about gunshot wounds is plain dumb because people are voicing out about it what has the US done to regulate guns ? Same as they are doing it with Corona , living in denial as usual.

  18. Emiratesstroller

    Un na naii

    The mortality rate in UK is currently under 2%.

    The 6 people who died had all got major health problems apart from Coronavirus.

    Personally I don’t believe that anyone in Government is taking the disease lightly. They are taking the advice of “science and medical experts”.

    There is constant analysis on an hourly basis to assess trends and weighing
    those up before making changes in advice.

    Many posters have criticised the Government for what they consider is inaction, but the facts are that there are fewer cases in Britain than in many
    other countries, which have taken more drastic action.

    For example there are plenty of Brits who travel to China. I doubt that there
    are less than Italians.