Distraction techniques. They are a bit over-rated. I decided to take my mind off the football by watching a film or two and inevitably ended up finding aliens overran Earth. That’s still better than losing 3 – 1 at home to United.
But it got me thinking that there is always a nuclear family which survives only they always seem to have four kids – The Waltons has a lot to answer for – and split 3 of one sex with one of the opposite. So, how does that work in saving mankind? Twenty years down the line, it’s a case of familial ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ and if the incest doesn’t mess with their heads, being ‘Avoid’ certainly will on one level. Although, it’s less screwed up than being the other two.
Perhaps I’ll go back to the football because my idea for a novel is turning into a biography A bankrupt royal family that becomes the biggest drug cartel in the world is too close to reality judging by the scurrilous stories of cocaine races at the Palace.
That’s killed a quarter of today’s post. Drugs are one of the reasons I think a section of the fanbase is losing its’ mind over the loan deal for Ivan Perisic which the club wants to include a £35m at the end of the season. Maybe they need some or are on a bad acid trip because frankly, I can’t lose it over a fresh face being added to the squad.
Ornstein – who else? – confirmed we are interested. Or has he just read the back page of the red tops and thought, “Yeah, I’ll go with them”?
Fixate on the signings all you like but the most important words are the last sentence. “Sokratis not bad” provides some relief although if you take that to a circuitous end, the logic says his injury is not good. That flipping of the sentence changes the emphasis: ‘Sokratis injury is not good and won’t be fit for City’ rips the optimism of Ornstein’s tweet to pieces.
I’m not surprised our focus isn’t on defence. Emery seems to want to shore up the flanks with proper cover for the full-backs. Perisic does work hard and as such is an archetypal Emery player. There is, however, a long way to go from gossip to Gunner.
Feeding that, he’s been left out of the Inter side for today’s game so maybe it’s got legs.
Which doesn’t help us much for Tuesday. Cardiff’s visit to the Emirates is flying under the radar in the aftermath of the United defeat. The key question is how will Mustafi and Mavropanos play as a partnership?
Emery will view them in training tomorrow but honestly, it’s a better option than playing Monreal in the heart of the defence. I’d suggest he’s better positioned on the left alongside Dino to negate some of Mustafi’s free spirit defending.
In this instance, it won’t be a surprise to see a back three with that trio involved. It leaves Emery with the opportunity to bring to an end Mesut Ozil’s exile from the starting line-up. After we win 5 – 0, he’ll be hailed ‘King’ and an instant selection on Sunday. When we lose 5 – 0 at City, he’ll be hauled from his throne and beheaded; the king is dead, long live the king. Premier League football is brutal.
We Don’t Need Another Hero…Just A New XI
Quick pronouncements on Emery’s first season in charge are de rigueur. The sensible view is this being a transition year. A squad which needs extensive remodelling through age or ability – sometimes both – isn’t going to show a miraculous improvement in one season.
If we steady the ship and don’t sink any lower in the Premier League or finish fifth, that’s par. Anything more than that is better or worse. I don’t expect either.
Part of that process is re-aligning the wages. We know Ozil earns too much for a Europa League club and I don’t think Mkhitaryan helps either. Certainly not in terms of value for money, which I accept is an entirely subjective view.
However, we went from a flat ‘socialist’ structure to one more aligned with the rest of football. Then Ivan and Arsene panicked when it looked like we would lose both Alexis and Ozil. That gap between the top earner and the pack became too wide as the suits became fearful for their heads. Now we’re paying the price.
That’s our current reality and a need for sanity in contracts needs to manifest. ‘A champagne lifestyle on a beer income’ certainly sums us up at present. We aren’t quite drinking Tetley’s yet though; craft ale and lagers abound.