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Anyway, it’s 5am. I can’t sleep, so I’m banging you out a fresh up in your face blog about Arsenal.
I didn’t catch the game, but I caught
the highlights and I was suitably impressed. Arsene Wenger dropped Ozil.
It’s really frustrating for me that whenever the manager rotates
players, there always has to be some sort of leak around the player.
Giroud gets a two game rest because he’s been shagging around, Ozil gets
a rest and it’s because he’s had a mental breakdown / he has a thigh
injury… whatever happened to the good old fashioned rest?
I’ve found it totally amazing reading around the press this weekend.
Alex alluded to Sunday Supplement running a takedown of Mesut Ozil
yesterday, what a poor show that can be at times. They spent a fair
chunk of it goading Mike Ashley to interview with them yesterday saying
he was a terrible owner despite them sitting in 8th position in the
league, then they spent nearly 20 minutes ploughing through reasons as
to why Rooney’s £300k a week deal until he’s 33 is acceptable
(ambassadorial). But then there were some knowing nods about Ozil and
his lack of form and no slam down of newspapers saying he was a waste of
Hold the back page. Arsenal are floating around the top of the
league, Ozil has played all the minutes, now there’s been a dip in form.
Shock. Horror. Take a well-known 60minute a game player, don’t give him
a preseason, then run him into the ground… and instead of highlighting
this issue, we focus on him not being rough and ready enough to survive
without a winter break. Fleet Street, you must do better…
The winter break is not the issue here. The fact we don’t let him
have a week off when we’re playing Coventry in the FA Cup is. Ozil can
be managed fitness wise if we treat him like a human being, not a robot…
or a new car you’ve just bought and can’t get enough of. We’ve seen
enough times this year and over the past ten what happens when players
are dead on their feet. What about Thierry in the Champions League final
when he was through on goal?
It’s familiar patterns… sure, Ozil has looked disinterested at times,
but he’d look disinterested if you showed him the greatest cat gif of
all time. Sure, he’s gone hiding in certain games. However, that doesn’t
make him a waste of time. He just needs his own program of management.
Too many people are willing to write off world class talent in its first
year without fully trying to understand the challenges he’s facing.
As for Wayne Rooney. F*ck me. Talk about absolute desperation from
United. I appreciate the lad is a talented player, and let me tell you,
I’d really like a bit of him on the pitch at Arsenal. But please, £300k a
week until he’s 34. Football is about pace and power. He won’t have any
of those attributes in a positive sense when he gets to 32. He’ll just
be an overweight mess in the middle of the park with a bad attitude. How
un-Manchester United is this whole debacle?
1. He holds the club to ransom regularly. Ferguson wouldn’t have
tolerated that this season. Especially the shit show when Sir Alex left.
2. He’s being invited to see the clubs transfer plans. Talk about
acting like you’re bigger than the club. What top manager let’s a player
into that level of detail?
3. He seems to regularly disgrace himself in some way shape or form. Hookers, fags, outbursts of petulance… fitness issues.
I mean, what could United get abroad with a salary spend of £15.6m a
year? Seems beyond absurd they’d give a player with questionable
lifestyle a deal that long on a pay packet that outrageous. He’s going
to make that Squillaci £15m we wasted look like chump change! Oh how the
mighty are falling… United really are tying themselves to some
incredibly bad decisions. David Moyes looks out of his depth enough as
I was interested to read that they’re in for Gundogan, because he’s
the type of player we’d do well to bring in. However, I was pointed in
the direction of his appearance stats and he looks like another Diaby.
I’d pride fitness over ability if I’m honest (not too heavily). I mean,
Gundogan is clearly a superb talent, but maybe a Bender, who is less of a
player, but way fitter would work better. After all, one of the seasons
most influential players has been the Flamster. Look over at Liverpool,
sneer all you want, but Jordan Henderson is an absolute unit in
midfield and he’s working for them. Interestingly, when he signed for
them, I was told by someone in the game he was just like an English
In other news I haven’t had the chance to talk about the Bergkamp statue. Looks great, but come on, has no one else noticed?
That massive pole…
Ok, I won’t say it, but you damn well know where I’m going with this…
It’s a nice tribute by the club and the fans seem to have warmed to
it from what I’ve read, so well played to all those involved at Grove
Final piece of news centres around Thomas Rosicky penning an
extension to his deal. Well deserved. I have no issue continuing to tie
loyal servants to the club on for more time. He’s clearly a hard worker,
his game contributes to our urgency and he’s a loyal ambassador. I like
him. I like his attitude and I like that Arsene is now recognising the
need to keep experience at the club. It’ll be interesting to see how his
game evolves. Some around me have pushed the idea that he could play
the holding role… it’s an interesting thought I tells ya, very
Other notable humorous occasions, Stoke fans are planning a minutes
silence for Aaron Ramsey’s leg break. Nice work guys, I’m so, so enraged
at this. Oh god, so mad. I could literally start up a petition.
On a more interesting note, hilarious LOLz at Spurs, who lost 1-0 to Norwich. Great work Tim, great work.
What’s also interesting is traffic to the site this month is
massively up on this time last year, almost a 30% uplift, showing, that
Arsenal fans are just as interested in reading about their club when
they’re doing well. Hooray, hooray, hooray.
Right, that’s me done for the day. Have a good one