By Billy “the dog” McGraw, senior recreational psychologist, University Hospital of the North Circular Road.
1: Mourinho’s blip at Chelsea was not a blip.
Mr Mourinho went into a state that we psychologists call “bonkers” while at Chelsea, picking a fight he could never win, (and which was wholly and utterly unjustified) with the highly esteemed club doctor, while taking the club to the lowly parts of the League.
The attack on Dr Carneiro was often presented in the media as somehow justified – suggesting we were not able to see all the “facts”. Yet the outcome of the case suggests that Mourinho was indeed little short of completely bananas… and the results this season at Man U combined with Mourinho being sent to the stands etc while behaving like a very silly person with no sense of proportion, or reality, allows just one psychological conclusion…
He really is bonkers
2: Spending vast amounts of money doesn’t always work.
Staying with Manchester United this certainly seems to be the case. As does the fact of getting players in on a free (as with Ibramhimavich).
Pogba might come good. So might Mkhitarvan. But on the other hand they might not. And they did spend a lot of dosh.
3: Manchester City can buy success but not absolutely.
The record of Manchester City so far this season is identical as that of Arsenal, except that they have scored one more and let in one fewer. Yet with all that money spent, surely they should be much further ahead by now.
Yet they are not. Money is not the difference.
4: Away form is vital
All of the top three teams thus far in the Premier League have a better away record than home record. Manchester City have 11 points from home games and 12 from away games. For Arsenal it is 10 at home but 13 away. For Liverpool! it is ten at home 13 away, exactly as Arsenal.
This is in great contrast to the lower teams in the league, who in contrast to the four wins achieved by each of the top three away from home, have just two away wins…
4: Cover ups of football admin incompetence is absolute
Watford’s cock up with its finances has confirmed that documentary evidence provided to football authorities in England to show that everything is above board is just nodded through, without any proper investigation.
In short there is no governance of football in England – but don’t expect the mainstream media to admit it. Just about the only place that revealed what really happened with the Watford bogus claims that it had money in place was Untold.
5: Playing seriously in three competitions before Christmas is tough.
I haven’t seen too many newspapers drop their love affair with Tottenham, but they are going to have to sometime or other… if their recent results are anything to go by.
|15.10.2016||League||West Bromwich Albion||a||D1-1|
Four games, two goals, no wins.
6: When you hit the big time the rumours start
“Real Madrid are considering a swoop for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.”
This is in the Sunday Mirror which says that… well, Real Mad are looking at Pochettino as their next manager.
As a result Tottenham are seriously having to re-work their normal approach of taking on a manager and then firing him. Now he might be taken from them.
7: A 30 man squad is not a bad idea.
Arsenal are doing ok at the moment, but only because of the depth of the squad.
|2||Aaron Ramsey||Just returning from injury|
|6||Carl Jenkinson||Just returning from injury|
|10||Mathieu Debuchy||In limbo|
|20||Yaya Sanogo||Not seen|
|21||Granit Xhaka||Just returning from suspension|
The following U21 players are included in our First Team Squad
|Rob Holding||Still developing|
|Jeff Reine-Adelaide||Still developing|
It just shows how vital the full “25” can be, and how much risk some other teams are taking by not having this.
8: The notion of two forwards who can score is not an Untold fancy.
So far Arsenal is the only team that has two forwards who are both knocking in goals regularly. And with the return of Giroud we could even be heading to having three. As things stand, no one else is near this.
It could be valuable.
9: There is no limit to the length that the media will go to, in order to invent stories
The Telegraph’s picture of the Emirates taken during an Emirates Cup match (for which season tickets were not valid) as an illustration of the story in which season ticket holders might be required to hand back their tickets if they don’t turn up, was about as low as it can go. At least until the next time.
The Guardian’s piece about Arsenal last season having only two players who scored 10+ goals was equal to that – the story that was supposed to be a negative, mis-represented statistics suggesting that they show the opposite of what they really showed.
The list of over 100 players who were coming to Arsenal and the 20 who were leaving during the summer turned out to be … bonkers.
There will be more. Which is why there is no number 10. I’m just waiting for it to happen.
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