Another Week Another Change

PRemier League is here again!

Another game weekend and it’s another change at the top of the table with Chelsea replacing Liverpool at the top of the league table, I have a feeling that’s not the last time we are going to see a change at the top. Chelsea seem to be the form team right now, 6 straight wins and no goals conceded and it gladdens me that David Luiz is at the heart of that miserly defence. I get a break from the over exaggerated phrase ” if Terry was there they wouldn’t have conceded that” from the pundits particularly on Skysports. They seem to be averse to anything that breaks the mould of a “typical English defender”.

Chelsea and Spurs face off next week at the Bridge, the form team versus the only remaining undefeated team in the Premier League this season. As an Arsenal fan I am a bit  conflicted but would rather a Chelsea win I kinda like Conte, he almost makes the boys in the blue more likeable since the “fighty one” moved up North to Manchester.
Talking of the fighty one it was ironic to hear him talk about respect before the Arsenal game. I am not sure he knows what that is even if it hit him right in the face! I could go on about this but there really is no need, the internet is awash with this irony when it comes to his antics in every league he has been in.
Yaya came back with a bang scoring two goals in City’s win at Crystal Palace, makes Pep look like he got it right with the timing of his re-introduction after the very belated apology, lets hope Yaya has his employee his mouthy agent on a tight leash going forward. Yaya’s value is directly related to his pitch playing time unlike his agent who just needs a phone and contacts.

I don’t know where Pochettino keeps getting them some other Harry scored for Spurs at the weekend on his debut, the guy has a thing for developing youth. It’s Monday night football today and I have three West Brom players in my fantasy league, don’t know what I was thinking!  It’s gameweek 13 next week here’s hoping Arsenal get back to winning ways.

Jack Wilshere’s Gamble not paying off

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It was interesting to watch England’s friendly against Spain and see how fluid and resilient the midfield was without Jack Wilshere. There was a time when Jack wasn’t in the team the commentators would bemoan his absence and I can’t say I remember the commentators doing that today because there was no need to. I
was actually thinking to myself how the midfield looked solid without Dele before I spotted Jack on the bench where he spent the entire match.

Moving to Bournemouth because he was snubbed by Big Sam for an England call up looks more shortsightedness than foresight to me with every passing game week . I have watched him play at Bournemouth and he has looked quite ordinary to me.I can understand his need to play but he was coming back from injury and was always going to come off the bench till he was deemed fit to start and in an Arsenal team with a great track record for injuries he was always going to get a chance to stake his claim to a starting spot at some point in the season. I would have expected him to have stayed and fight for his place.

Reading this interview  I found this bit telling;
There were a lot of midfielders and the manager brought another one in,” he added. ‘I’d been injured for a while, and I was thinking I was at a stage of my career where I needed to play.”
Sounds like Granit Xhaka being added to the fold probably made him doubt his chances of playing even more.

Time will tell if going to Bournemouth is the right step and maybe I am being shortsighted by calling it a shortsighted move but with Adam Lallana in good form for club and country and Dele Alli to return I honestly don’t see a space for Jack in the England starting eleven at the moment, a major reason why he left to get game time at Bournemouth in the first place. He was in the squad this international break and didn’t feature in either game.

Beginning To Feel A Lot Like November

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Apologies about my hiatus I have been having issues with my host server which took a while to resolve but I like to think such a blogging drought has now become a thing of the past.

What a time to be returning; the international break! With all the anti-Trump hysteria going on I was hoping for more but sadly there is not a lot happening football wise apart from the fact that it is really beginning to feel like November for Arsenal even on an international break. Alexis and Hector, are reported to be injured with some sources saying that Hector will not be available for the rest of November. I am crossing everything possible that it’s a horrible rumour and Hector won’t be out for that long. Alexis on the other hand is still being kept back by the Chilean FA with the hope that he could play the next international match which the professor hasn’t taken kindly to.
My own thought though is Alexis’ responsibility to himself, you should at least be able to say I can’t play if it is going to jeopardise your availability long term.

What is it about November and Arsenal?  I know they have a win and a draw since it started but these reported injuries feels like here we go again, especially knowing that Arsenal are facing “the one that likes to fight his players” on resumption from the international break.
Looking on the bright side it has been reported that Hector has extended his contract with Arsenal, although it hasn’t been confirmed by the club.

It was just important I touch base with you guys as soon as I could even though not a lot is happening, hoping I have not been completely forgotten. I plan on introducing a podcast, any ideas on what you guys feel it should be like or about?