Had to fly in here after seeing Spurs lose to Sporting Lisbon. Finally, a dreadful performance catches Conte out. Only Don Unai was better at making winning look so damn painful.
Reasons to love Spurs losing? It means there’s more chance they’ll have to put a proper team out for the last games of the group stages. I want to see tired Harry thinking about the World Cup and mailing it in.
Arsenal lost their Thursday night fixture against PSV. The game was postponed because of Royal things. Not much you can do about something like that, but if we can’t get is back in the mixer, we forfeit the result.
Some folk are talking like passing on the three points is a good option, versus taking the game back on and causing fatigue in the system during a fixture pile-on. I’d rather just play it to avoid the whiners jumping on us because we took advantage. I’m also not sure UEFA would like that move. Clubs could just cancel games in easy groups if they let us do that.
Our game on Sunday is still on. Brentford is 12pm. That’s very early, especially for me in America. But at least the game is on and our return is not against Spurs.
Arsenal might consider some friendly minutes to avoid having under-cooked players. We’d normally play Brentford, but that might not happen, so let’s see what happens there.
The good news about these two delays is our squad will be a little closer to full fitness and any niggles or discomforts have the chance to heal themselves.
The best news is having Thomas Partey back in the mixer. He’s the difference-maker. We’re better with him in our side. The job now is to make sure we keep him fit. There’s a Brazil vs Ghana game that I think is being played in France. Then Ghana go to Murcia in Spain to play Nicaragua. Does Thomas need to play those two games? Do Ghana really need to see anything new? Will Arsenal allow it?
Hopefully, we learn from last season, Thomas doesn’t travel well, and I think he likes to have a little too much fun. Keep him at the club.
VAR is amending rules to allow some fancy tech to take over.
Do I hate it? I think so. But if it’s semi-automated, at least we’ll get to a decision nice and quick. I just hope the fans are brought into it instead of letting them sit around like lemons not knowing what’s going on.
None of these fancy tools are much good in the wrong hands though. Until we’re willing to accept that Premier League refs are terrible, we’ll keep putting lipstick on that fat pig hoping it’ll look a bit prettier.
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