Well good morning my dears, what do we have to complain about today?
No, not the sauce that comes with a good manager. Actual sauce.
Antonio Conte has banned sauce in the changing rooms. The kids that like calling things elite are calling this move elite. The Italian stallion who likes to win harder than peak-Churchill has made moves on the HP Sauce.
But here’s a secret…
It’s not about performance. There’s no marginal gain to be had by taking sauce away. It’s a power move.
They say that Wenger banned it, but everyone I speak to says there was plenty of sauce around Colney. I believe Don Unai tried something similar banning juice from the players.
Whatever… it’s a weird thing to do to a broken dressing room straight off the bat. Imagine Harry Kane eating a dry sausage sandwich tomorrow morning? SAD.
We’ll see though, if they manage a shot on target in their next game, we’ll know he was right.
You know who does have sauce? Arsenal Women. They dropped an away day masterclass in front of an impressive 500 away fans. They won 5-1 in the Champions League, a stunning way to warm-up for a NLD derby this weekend.
On a roll of sauciness, isn’t Ben Foster’s Youtube channel good?
I love this interview with Aaron Ramsdale. They talk about the technical aspects of THAT freekick save. He also talks about ‘spray canning’ balls into midfield. Is that Sheffield for daisy-cutter? Amazing that when he first started doing that most of us thought he was duffing passes and getting away with it. Big questions here… is he the best distributor of the ball England has ever produced? Could be. I’ve never seen an English keeper pass like he does
Scott Willis over at Arseblog News had an interesting stat that might tell a story we might have in our head but can’t quite articulate. Arsenal have the 4th best xG when we’re at a stalemate in a game. What is this nonsense? Well, our overall xG has lagged this year. Despite us battering Spurs, we did badly because we sat into the game because we were so dominant. Well, apparently, when we are chasing the lead in game, we’re 4th best. When we’re losing, we’re pretty bad. When we’re winning we’re average.
If your strategy is to score early, then I guess this stat is kind of the new table post-Christmas?
As the team develops, what you want to see is that we get better xG when we’re winning. This is an experience thing. When we first started going into the lead in game day 4, we’d panic. Drop deep. Try and absorb that game. That improved as the games rolled on.
Where you want Arsenal to be is absolute smashing teams when we’re winning. A bit like City or Liverpool do on a good day. Plenty of time for that to happen.
I cannot believe this slipped the radar… but without libelling myself.
Think about Victor Oshimen moving to Napoli.
Then read about an investigation after an internal body of the Italian Football Federation, the Supervisory Commission on Professional Football Clubs, passed on a report to the Italian FA regarding suspicious transfer activities in the last two years.
“COVISOC has informed the FIGC of possible capital gains by inflated valuations, highlighting, among others, Victor Osimhen’s move from LOSC Lille to Napoli and Juventus’ exchange deal with Barcelona for Arthur Melo,”
“Included in the long list published by Il Tempo, the controversial negotiation that helped the Azzurri sign Osimhen is of course the standout case.
Oh my word!
Thank the lord Arsenal never purchased a player from a French club for an eye-watering fee that looked overvalued in the extreme. You’d have to sack someone for stuff like that. Could never be us.
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. Many nice comments. Gearing up the next Arsenal legend… it’ll be of a different sort, but a cracker as well.