Take a deep breath, close your eyes, think calming thoughts….and begin……
Nope, didn’t work, so here goes….
International football can take a short walk off a very deep and never-ending cliff. But for good measure, just to make sure that it is suitably impaled, I want to walk a few paces behind it with an Acme Anvil. Attached to the anvil will be a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, having been purchased through reparations taken from the Football Associations account.
We learned yesterday, as if any of us were surprised, that Jack Wilshere will effectively miss the rest of the season through a hairline fracture in his foot. So yes, today’s blog starts off with anger because it was a game that should not have been played at a time in the season that should be solely dedicated to domestic football. These frigging international bodies are getting their way this summer. Is t it enough that they take players from their domestic clubs and run them into the ground in the heat, then toss them back with little or no pre season before the real football starts? Aren’t they happy with ruining a perfectly congested fixture list, that thy must wedge in another money-spinning tie against pointless opponents? England fans themselves said yesterday that they learnt nothing. But that’s not the case, is it? They learnt how to lose a player through a useless football match that should have never have been crowbarred into the football calendar.
I hope Arsene loses his shizzle at his press conference today, because I would if I was him, losing one of his key assets and at such an important time. But what does Roy or the FA care? Jack will be back just before the end of the season so they’re perfectly happy.
I only hope we don’t find out today from Le Boss that more players are out (Kos most likely), because there’s no doubting we’ve been dealt the harshest of injury cards this season. Just check out that injury league table thingy that exists. We’ve won that at a canter I tell thee. So for all the bluster and commentary about the strength in depth of the oil whores compared to our squad, it is us who are actually tested the most to see how we can cope. Oh well.
Today we might also get an intention on what sort of side Arsene will put out tomorrow. He will always roll out the cliches about putting a team out to win the game, but if you listen carefully to what he says, you can always read between the lines of his intentions. If he’s talking about rotation, ‘bigging-up’ a specific player, then the chances are he’ll make a number of changes. That might not be a bad thing of course, as it worked against Liverpool in the cup and after the performance of the weekend he would be justified in showing some players that they’re not as secure as they think, but against an Everton side that ran us ragged at home earlier in the season it would pay not to completely overhaul the side. The FA Cup feels within our grasp. A home tie in the quarter finals against a good team and a good performance there gets us to a semi in which we’d more than likely face Moneychester City if we get through. But that’s a whole other lifetime away right now, so we’ll save those thoughts for another day.