In the world of Arsenal Content Creation there is no darker 2 weeks than the audience blizzard of international break number 3.
Where did all the people go?
Did they stop caring about football?
Did they find another blog?
Why am I crying? What is this anxiety? Why do I want to put all my feelings into a three-word Facebook update that says ‘Feeling real sad😭’ like it was 2011?
Because I need attention and I have no audience.
So what am I doing to get life back on track? Making BANGER podcasts with Perry Groves!
Did he recognize me when he dropped onto the call after we worked together in 2013? Absolutely not. He was here on the Johnny Cochrane connect.
Was he absolutely fascinating, blending contemporary football analysis with his own professional experiences? 100%. You really need to tune in. He was a brilliant guest with superb clarity in his commentary. A top pro.
Considering renaming the site Perry Le Grove in his honour (thanks Twitch).
The England Social Media admin is having fun with Emile Smith Rowe and the numbers every post is doing.
— England (@England) November 9, 2021
Speaking with James Olley, he revealed that he’s battled with the demons of playing in front of crowds.
I’m always really nervous before the game and not having that pressure of everyone shouting, that helped me a lot. I’m happy with the way things are going.
I’m quite surprised to be honest that it’s worked out this way. I thought I wouldn’t be as confident as I am at the moment. It’s always extra special playing at the Emirates anyway.
I’ve been banging on about Arsenal fans being part of the process this season, there you have it, the difference between making it and not making it can sometimes be how a player thinks they will be received. Not many are born ready to be part of the elite, because the mix is so complicated, so if there’s one thing we can do, it’s make them feel at home at their home. I love that he called it out specifically. What a guy.
The youngster also elaborated on Arteta’s team putting demands on him.
‘They are strict but I didn’t really listen to be honest, I think that’s where I went wrong. But now I’m listening, all the time. “I like Nandos a lot. Maybe that’s killing me a little bit. I’ve tried to cut out chocolate and takeaways as much as I can. I’m always eating from home now.’
FFS NANDOS. RESCIND THE BLACK CARD WITH HASTE. GIVE IT TO ME.
The club has booked him a chef that prepares meals for him, which is a sharp move considering the fine margins Arsenal try to manage. Honestly, these young players are primed from 8 years old for 10 years of peak performance. It’s great when they go all out, accept boring, and make their careers bang.
Hopefully, he can taste some minutes this week, he’s been a superstar since Boxing Day last year, he’s going right to the top.
Vlahovic stories in the media suggest he won’t pick up the phone to Arsenal. Seems a very weird thing for any player rocking out at Fiorentina. The real story appears to be that Juve want him, likely don’t have any cash, so Arsenal are once again the supposed second choice option. I’m not sure Arsenal are banter when it comes to transfer deals in 2020. If we wanted a player, we’d probably not waste our time on agents that don’t pick up the phone. Put that story in the bin.
How is it going for Locatelli under the Allegri this season? 8th in the league you say? 14 points off the joint top leaders? Ouch.
Not as ouch as Aaron Ramsey getting ousted by the Old Lady. They want to chop up his deal in January. That move really hasn’t worked for him bar the cash money he’s been making. Think Juve are going to find out why we didn’t want to give him a long-term deal and where the power sits when you are trying to exit players like that (unless they are named Willian).
LOOK at my man DCL riling the real men of the internet like peak Harry Styles.
Oh to be young, rich, good looking, supremely talented, and confident enough to just roll however the fuck you want. Good for him. If you have the platform push fashion, culture, art, music, gender whatever you want… do it, because life is short, make it count while you count.
I’m gonna be honest. I’d wear that clobber tomorrow if it’d get me my audience back, better than going on Facebook again.
Mikel Arteta has been juicing his PR game HARD again. He had this to say on Wenger.
‘I would like him to be more present at the club. I think the players will love him, they will benefit, they will be inspired to have him around. I think for the club it would be a huge boost.’
Most of the people that moved him on are now out of the club. It’s a different vibe down there. I’m sure there’s a Fergie like role for him. I guess the problem is he is a King and it’s hard for one that has forcibly abdicated the thrown to ever truly believe it has been relinquished. Still, it’s a nice gesture from Arteta who has shown bundles of class over the past 4 months in particular.
The reviews for his new film seem favourable compared to the book. I’ll certainly be tuning in for a journey down memory lane. I’m glad he’s taking in a bit of glory. It’s clear he’s still very burned about the choices he made and how things ended up. I’d much prefer it if his appearances were about the things we cared about: Winning things. Going unbeaten. Having the sharpest talent ID in world football for 14 years. Developing spectacular names. No one needs to rehash the decline.
Right, on that note, take a watch / listen of one of my fave podcasts to date.
Johnny and me discuss the following with Perry Groves:
- Building out a new culture. Perry was GGs first signing. Part of a new breed of characters. Hear what George was looking for.
- Matteo G. Lots of people still whine about his exit, hear from a pro why he’s likely not at Arsenal
- The new 4-4-2. We talk about how Arteta found a system that works for young and old.
- The new signings. We get into what the new signings have brought to the club.
- We also talk about sportsmanship and that Watford incident.
A terrific listen. 5* rank it if you love it. Subscribe to the Youtube channel if you like the videos.