Quite the scene in America at the moment. I walked through the protests yesterday, I’ve never felt sadness in the air like it. I hope everyone can stay safe and out of trouble this evening, it sounds like it’s going to be a very unpleasant weekend.
Onto the football.
The Premier League will be back, as will a lot of other live sports. We might not have normality in the streets, but the level of content on the TV is about to notch up a couple of levels.
The clubs themselves are doing a good job keeping the case numbers incredibly low. There have been a few cases, but in the main, the ramp-up in testing is doing the job.
Arsenal players look fit and raring to go. They all seem very excited to be back. There’s nothing quite like playing football in the sunshine. This will be the first-ever Premier League game in June. I’m so excited. A summer of football. It’s just a shame we can’t drink in bars to watch the games.
As it stands, Arsenal has 3 games in the books. We have our first game, versus Manchester City on the 17th, then we’re straight into the weekend to play Brighton. I wondered if that was a disadvantage, but likely not. Having a bit more fitness in the legs will probably work for the players.
We also have an FA Cup game against the very impressive Sheffield United on June 27th. The final will be August first this year. We’d normally be pissing around on a foreign tour at that point. Imagine not being able to attend an FA Cup final? Or winning one without a crowd?
There are 5 subs allowed this time round, but you only get 3 goes at making them. This could open up space for some of the kids to impress. From what I understand, the club is very excited about a couple of kids that aren’t widely known by the public. Matt Smith and Trae Coyle have both been seen training with the first time, not sure if that’s just a standard rotation, or it means bigger things… but as the belt buckles tighten, you’d imagine Arteta might see this final run of ten games as a great chance to let some of them shine.
It’s important to note that we will likely take these games a little differently. I mean, that’s what I’m guessing. The manager is working with new information in a new reality. The game is different, the club will have less money, certain players will not be allowed to stay on at the club even if he wants them. That’ll change the psychology of some of the players. They might feel despondent… or they might need to play for their careers because landing a contract elsewhere has also become exponentially harder.
If Luiz is going, how much game time will he land? If there’s no future for Lacazette, does Eddie get the nod for the last batch of games? How will he approach youth?
So many questions that’ll be answered in about 18 days!
Short one today, stay safe my darlings. x