Apparently there was some kind of football match on whilst most of us were at work yesterday. Personally, I think it’s a rouse to get us to click through onto BBC Sport, Football365 and Sky Sports webpages, but there you go.
Sarcasm aside, yes folks, we can finally put our laces firmly into the groin of the October international break and look forward to a series of games that are all things Arsenal. I don’t know why people get so outraged with England when you know you have the joys of the gooners. Arsenal are the Halls Soothers to the stabbing pain in your throat that is international football. Yesterday England apparently played out a poor 1-1 draw away to Poland, yet all the media and also some fans are acting surprised, like people haven’t seen England play boring, drab, dull, under-performing matches before? Baffles me really. Well, luckily don’t have to think about it too much because we can switch our attentions to Norwich. Arsene, the sneaky devil that he is, has thrown the odd surprise with his pressers this season. Sometimes on a Thursday and sometimes on a Friday. Now, if I was any type of blogger that spent time researching things, I could probably find out. But ignorance is bliss sometimes, so I think I’ll stick with a comfy stable statement of:
We’ll get an update on the returning players from Arsene sometime within the next day or two.
There, can tick that one off the list, but we’ll know we’re definitely one man down in the shape of Theo Walcott, so we’ll just have to hope that no other bumps, bruises, or downright assaults have happened to any of our players.
Mikel Arteta has taken up the official title of PR love child from Johan Djourou, and he spoke to the official site yesterday, talking about the possibility of being a manager one day. The perfectly groomed Spaniard spoke of the pressures of being a man-manager whilst also dealing with international stars, personalities, tactics and everything that comes with management, talking of how hard he felt it was these days. Have to say – totally agree with him. When Arsenal aren’t playing or training or being involved with youth/charity projects, whilst the players are left to their own devices, we as fans are expecting Arsene to be scouring the globe (or at least thoroughly reading through his scouts’ notes) for the next star that we can sign to ensure the continuing quality of the team. In fact, when I think about being a manager, particularly during the January transfer window, I wonder how the wiley old French Professor sleeps at all. Training during the day, interviews in the afternoon, meetings with agents of existing players in the evening (sometimes at his own house) followed by discussions over players thereafter. In fact, I bet he doesn’t sleep, instead utilising his vast wealth to but one of those dream machines that the bad guy in Die Another Day had to keep him sane.
Whatever tangent I’m spiralling into, the fact remains that a Premier League managers job is bloody hard, and to be fair to all of them, they should all be respected. Except Allardyce. Or Pardew. Or Villas-Boas. So actually, only a select few should be respected.
Finally for today, it was great that Jack and Bac got a run our in a behind closed doors friendly against Chelski yesterday. Both played 90 minutes and the fact that both appear to have got off the field without any major issues is a massive boost for us. Both will add yet more depth to an impressive squad and I think we’ll possibly see one or both a little quicker than we might think. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Jack named as a sub for the QPR game in ten days, which will allow him a further under-21 game and a chance to gleam yet more match fitness from minor games before being introduced. The question of Sagna will be based purely on the performances of Jenkinson. I can see Carl keeping his place in the side for a little longer.
Plenty of reasons to be happy today guys, so go forth and spread the smiles: Arsenal will soon be back.