Good morning! A very quick post from me as I’m actually being asked to do stuff at work outside sourcing cat memes. It’s a damn liberty.
Anyway, interesting that everyone is coming around to the fact that certain players are under-performing because they’re overplayed. Vindication is good, just a shame vindication has to come when it’s visible. I mean, it’s like waiting for the house cat to die before accepting that the diet of bread and cheese is probably not acceptable.
Ahhh well, we didn’t expect to win did we? The shame of it is, that once again, there was a mitigating circumstance standing in the way of what was once again, a ‘glorious failure’. (Alex coined that)
I can’t write this report with any sort of neutrality, because I haven’t seen the game back and as far as I’m concerned, the way the match played out is we dominated the chances until our keeper found himself sent off harshly for conversing a penalty. Then the match was only going in one direction… A loss. And so it was.
So the big one is here, Arsenal take on Bayern Munich, Europe’s best team. The team that beat us last year. The team everyone wants to watch.
After seeing City taken out of the competition last night by a Barcelona who were a long way off their best; there was a sharp reminder that at the highest level, if you’re even 2% off you’re game, you will be punished and it’ll be harsh. Manchester City made the fatal mistake of playing the woeful Demichelis and they paid the ultimate price when he was sent off for a lazy challenge on Lio Messi.
With the excitement of a win at Liverpool, I forgot to high five Wenger on his response to Mourinho… Arsene said he was embarrassed for the Portuguese… which is a pretty awesome burn. Jose is a winner, he doesn’t care how it happens, which makes him behave like a brat… that could be eye gouging, saying mean things… prancing down the touch line on his knees.
Well, that was a fun day out in the sunshine. My excitement around the game was fully justified and my predictions around the tempo of the game were met. Arsenal rotated heavily, making 7 changes whilst Liverpool put out the same side they had done for the past two games. There was no way they could maintain last weekend’s intensity.
The narrative before the game centred around strikers. Firstly, Giroud, the most beautiful man in the league was caught with his pants down at the weekend. He tweeted the most mellow dramatic pregame message about how he’d let down the universe. Not smart PR just before a game, you have to say. However, what I will say is the outpouring of disdain about his behaviour is pathetic. He’s a sportsman, he’s made a mistake, scoring ‘I’m so fucking moralistic’ points on Twitter is so boring. The people who do that are usually the people with the darkest secrets… Ryan Giggs / Ted Haggard.
Well, don’t speak too soon… but it’s a stunning day outside, which has me more excited than I was to hear Crystal Palace were in for Chamakh. When the sun is out, you feel the Arsenal team come out. Well, that’s my theory at least.