Ask most men, and they’ll admit the four words they’re scared of the most are “We need to talk”. Especially when it’s the missus or girlfriend uttering them.
The mind wonders faster than the pistons driving a rumour mill. Talk about what? Are you paged again? Is it the “it’s me, not you” speech? Did you find the porn video in the loft? It wasn’t me; and honestly, I was joking when I said your mother is crazy.
At the back of your mind, you’re also preparing to hear about the cluster foxtrot you ended up in 7 years ago but was never mentioned by the missus. Is it time to be handed a new one?
Even so, it’s good to talk. I chuckle when I recall the Hale and Pace comedy sketch mocking the Bob Hoskins BT advert.
They were torturing some poor chap in an underground dungeon. “Ve have vays of making you talk”, sort of thing. And just as the victim caves in and starts spilling secrets, Hale’s fat smiling face crosses the screen as in the BT advert saying “It’s good to talk”.
You’d think at Arsenal, it would happen more; giving players an opportunity to call each other out, to vent and clear the air; to understand better the principle of collective responsibility.
‘Tis the Art of Making Lemonade Out of Dodgy Lemon
You do have to wonder, did you have to wait for things to get this bad before you lot talked? It’s great that you did it, but one sandwich maketh not a picnic.
All the players are paid handsomely for doing a job. If they need clear the air’ talks after every match, there’s something verywrong but that’s what you do. Don’t get me started on who at Arsenal should be talking about whether the manager is doing his job. The more important question now is whether the discussions add up to a hill of beans.
It’s more important to show, don’t tell. A 3 match winning streak is not enough by any measure of consistency for a club like Arsenal. Yet, we know the club knows we know they’re doing a dodgy job and the Gooniverse is not happy. That’s why their PR machine wheeled out players to talk to the media and on Arsenal Player in a charm offensive to try and squeeze out the remaining lemonade.
Thing is, the natives became restless a long time ago and the jury’s out on whether anyone is listening or buying the charm offensive.
What? Are We In Trump Territory?
That’s a question I would love to ask Petr Cech. According to the veteran keeper, a gap of 33 points is not a true reflection of the difference between Arsenal and Manchester City. Apparently, Arsenal has the same quality as City and can match them.
I don’t know about you, but that’s straight from Chapter 2, section 3 of the “Good Guide to Alternative Facts” by The Donald. It’s the doctrine of ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics’. What is Cech on about? You can drive the AFC Victoria Crescit aircraft carrier through that 33 point gap.
I’m scared to ask if they are the issues the players spoke about. Sending out Shkodran Mustafi and Petr Cech to do the media rounds suggests it was.
You do also wonder if Wenger hadn’t lost his voice, what he would have actually said.
Steve Bould insists Wenger is still as hungry as ever. He might be, but perhaps Arsenal is not the restaurant for him to satisfy that hunger any more. How much kool-aid are the folks at Arsenal drinking?
It’s time to throw everything at it, kitchen sink and all
The business end of the season is with us. Not that we have any meaningful business we can achieve in the Premier League, but we have to focus. The Europa League has increasingly taken a higher level of significance, both from a business perspective and a footballing one.
I agree with YW on the Man United fixture. There’s nothing there to see, and the faster we move right along and focus on the two Europa semi-finals, the better. Let the fringe players have a run out with a sprinkle of one or two seniors. Of course, there is just the small matter of getting past CSKA.
Frankly speaking, if we don’t get past the Muscovites, it’s a wrap. We just need to fold our tents and start this Arsenal thing from scratch; manager, players and all. We need to be absolutely ruthless when we have the first tie at the Emirates; a performance that must leave no doubt about the intent to wrap up the tie in 90 minutes. We’ve got our good old friends from the Potteries for target practice on Sunday.
You know it though, it’s impossible to tell which Arsenal will turn up. For one, I want Alex Lacazette to correct the injustice of his disallowed goal at the BET 365 where only his toe nail was offside. A goal must do wonders for his confidence ahead of the Europa League quarter-finals.. The prospect of Lacazette, Ozil and Mkhitaryan driving our attack, assisted by a tenacious Welbeck on Sunday is exciting.
Meanwhile, I’m sure Ryan Shawcross and his bunch of merry men would love to welcome Aubameyang to England.
Have a great weekend good people.