320 days ago, Mikel Arteta was looking down the barrel of a gun, with a bullet named: YOU’RE FIRED.
His team lacked creativity, energy, and drive.
He went full-on wild card to change things up, he picked a young kid called Emile Smith Rowe to start against Chelsea. We won the game. This young player stole the show. He could pass round corners, he had fire in his belly, and he could move.
Arsenal is a better side with him in it. No doubt.
Last night, Smith Rowe made his debut as a full England international.
Absolutely magic. We couldn’t be prouder of him. What an absolute superstar we have on our hands.
We also have to give huge credit to the coaches and scouts making our Hale-Enders impossible to ignore. It’s a far cry from where we were academy-wise when Wenger took over and had to top it up with overseas stars.
Every season there’s a new player coming through. There are so many good youngsters coming through now I don’t know if the next big one will be Patino, Hutchinson, Salah or Jack Jebb. No wait? The Jebster was years ago.
Young players get fans excited. We buy in on kids that just want to learn. We love their hunger, we become invested in their careers, and there’s literally nothing better than seeing one of them make it.
You know what we want less of? World Cups.
Arsene Wenger tried to gaslight the world with his biennial World Cup. He tried to sell the idea of a 6 week international break twice a season. He told us that people were telling him it was a good idea. The press leaked that the move was as good as agreed. Everything Wenger stood for as a coach, he was VERY PRO as a FIFA shill.
Then the Premier League vote happened. How many agreed with him?
‘All 20 PL clubs have discussed the post-2024 International Match Calendar reform process and are unanimously opposed to FIFA’s proposal for biennial men’s World Cups, along with any plans involving significantly extended international windows‘
Zero. How embarrassing.
I know many of you work in business and you’ll recognise this move as a rookie mistake. You have a great idea that involves other departments, you get so excited about it, you go straight to the CEO… then your idea is cratered because you didn’t bring everyone else along for the ride.
Big ideas need buy-in. They also need to be good. It’s hard selling these things in. It takes time. Wenger thought he’d shortcut it like he was back at Arsenal where by miracle, every idea he had was a great one that earned a nodding head yes.
In the real world, no one cares that you won the Premier League. You have to do the leg work. Clearly, Wenger did not do the leg work.
His idea, you would imagine, is now in the bin.
Fans don’t want it, clubs don’t want it, so let’s move on.
Next season, the Premier League has to take a break to deal with a World Cup.
Next season’s dates have been confirmed The PL season will start on 6 August 2022 and finish on May 28 2023.
There will be a mid-season break between 14 November and 26 December to accommodate the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
What a riot. The carnage this is going to cause players and their bodies. Can you imagine how weird the season is going to be? You could be flying heading into the World Cup, have a team with a bunch of players that go far, they lose, then come back broken. It’s madness. But that is FIFA for you. They only care about the pound notes.
Jamie T, one of my favourite artists back when I was young and sexy, had a line in one of his songs.
Well done Jack, glug down that cider
You’re right she’s a slut
And you never fucking liked her
That’s how I felt when I read Matteo G take a sly pop at Arsenal fans and give his heart to Marseille.
“The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different. The best atmosphere is here. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”
Good to hear. Let’s hope that he can keep his behaviour in check long enough for Marseille to cough up whatever pitiful fee we have agreed for him. What a waste of good talent.
There are some stories that Martinelli isn’t happy with his playing situation. Good. He shouldn’t be. He needs to take his chances when he’s given them. Arsenal apparently will not entertain him leaving. It’s just a shame there’s no Europe to give him runs out this season.
AUBA SCORED A PENALTY FOR GABON.
Granit Xhaka is breaching all sorts of HR rules in training according to Ramsdale.
“He’s very dry with his humour. Real nice guy. “He’s obviously got his Swiss and Albanian heritage, so he’ll come out with a Mafia shout or something. Say you’ve annoyed him, he’ll come up to you and say ‘hey, the Mafia will get you!'”.
Yikes. Don’t fuck with Granit.
Finally, Thomas Partey did NOT go to play for Ghana and Arsenal think he might be fit for Liverpool. HUGE NEWS IF TRUE.
On that note, I’m going to leave. Listen to the podcast. Right now.