Back to reality…

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I’ve got a theme tune for today… no idea who sings it… but, ‘back to life, back to reality’… is kind of it.

You get me? Really irritating song, and it’ll be in your head all day now. My gift, to you.

Anyway, the reality of our day is that we’re playing Sunderland. Like the porn star who’s gone from being booked with the beautiful woman… to making up his pay with a trip down to the farm. No one needs a Sunderland game in their life, but we have to soak it up and deal with what’s about to happen.

Simply put, the only player I’ve any real knowledge of is Don Vito… pretty much one of the least capable keepers I’ve seen in an Arsenal shirt. Very good on occassions, but an utter classic when it comes to dropping clangers. Hopefully, the boys will remember him from training… but here are a few things he doesn’t do very well.

1. Crosses. He really is a flapper. My tip for today? Cross it, don’t challenge him, see what happens.

2. Shots. He’s good at shot stopping, his weakness was palming them to opposition players.

3. Decision making. He’s a big lad, but he’s a bit like a horse in a field. Just run at him and he’ll do something unexpected. Play on those jittery nerves!

Anyway, we should test him today. Hopefully he doesn’t come and have one of those absolute classic performances a lot of keepers at struggling clubs tend to against us.

I was reading around Twitter yesterday about Ozil. Amazing how many people just don’t get it with him. I’ve seen stuff like, ‘Arsene has to play Ozil today to show he has belief in him’… amazing misunderstanding of the situation. He needs to do the opposite. You don’t need an Ozil in a game like today. You just need good quality players in the side. Play Santi in the middle, bring Thomas back into the mix, give Lukas 60minutes and let Arteta anchor the midfield. Up top, he’ll have to go for Giroud, who will be slightly fresher than he has been… maybe a bit charged because the Arsenal fans have been hailing Sanogo as the second coming of Bergkamp… and at the back, let’s give Carl a go.

Today, if we play a fresh team, we’ll destroy Sunderland. If we play the same team from midweek, I fear it’ll be painful viewing. Sunderland under Poyet can play a bit. They’re capable of pulling a result, but they shouldn’t be against us. It’ll be about how we cope with the post Bayern blues. I’m hoping, that mentally, the team knew what was coming midweek, I’m just concerned about how much extra stress you take on when you’re chasing shadows with 10 men against the best club side in the world.

In other news, Dennis Bergkamp has a statue going up. I find it all a bit weird if I’m honest. I’d prefer to be honouring dead people. I get why the club do it, I’m not sure I really see the value. I’d prefer it if they invested in the outside of the stadium to make it more of a carnival pre and post game. After the Spurs game, the fans were all going crazy near the statues, but there was nothing to sustain the fun post game. I think that’s the big opportunity for the club to work around Delaware and bring people into the ground earlier.

When I worked with Saracens, they had a pie and a pint for under a fiver… the pies were organic buffalo high quality, the beer was good and cheap… and they sold out of them for the games I was there. Their focus was on having the best match day experience, and honestly, bar it being a rugby game, their focus on the fan experience really showed. It was like being at a festival before the game. Arsenal are missing a trick.

Righto, that’s your lot today. I’m going to work. Yeah, work on a Saturday… have fun!

 

 

 


Ozil a broken man. Will he land the rest he needs?

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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.

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Glorious failure…

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Arsenal vs Bayern

Arsenal vs Bayern

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.

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Gibbs attacking as our left midfielder?

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Why not?

Any excuse…

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.

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Bayern: We can win. Yes we can. WE CAN

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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.

Hold on, can you prance on your knees?

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Rotation wins the day as Arsenal sniff out Wembley glory

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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.

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How much rotation will Wenger risk today?

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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.

Sun = Arsenal playing well

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