I’ll keep it brief today; as I’ve just heard I have an 11 a side game in a few hours. Apparently the rain hasn’t made the pitch unplayable – legally unplayable that is, it will of course be impossible to play football on. But that never bothered anyone. It bothers me though, as I walk to the pitch, past unoccupied Astroturf, wondering why we haven’t won a World Cup in 50 years…
The response after the Bayern game was as philosophical as ever, with media outlets acknowledging our fine effort against the best team in Europe. None of them simply disregarded our performance in the first 20, nor did they overstate the dominance of a Guardiola team playing against 10 for an hour. And they definitely didn’t shoehorn the narrative of tactical naivety and mental weakness into it.
The City game was identical, yet was reported completely differently. It’s impossible to know the precise reasons, but it might have something to do with the disproportionately large Arsenal presence on social media. Media outlets are aware of how thousands of fans prowling NewsNow can translate financially. Baiting people who have an odd compulsion to know every detail about their club is one of the few things that can bring people to such journalism. And when advertising fees are governed by how many clicks a page receives – it simply pays to bait Arsenal fans. An article can be about anything and it can be put together in a minute, by someone being paid a pittance.
I’m excited about Sanogo. He’s 21, 6’3 and 74kg. Feasibly he could carry another 10kg. He might not have been heavily involved in these past two games, but he has shown flashes that I am convinced we wouldn’t have seen from Giroud. When he moved the ball sharply to his right and chipped a through ball to the Ox; the mazy dribble in the first minute…
In short, He seems like a far more natural footballer, not as strong but more balanced and mobile. I like Giroud, but it does seem that even his better moments are laced with odd ricochets and bobbles.
Last time we met Sunderland they were in the grips of an Italian oddball. I steer away from ‘lunatic’, even if it might be the most apt description, as surely no one is a overt caricature?! That said, we should never forget how odd that tenure was: selling half the squad; infuriating everyone – he must have had his reasons, but god knows what they were. Sunderland have improved massively under Poyet, who has them playing a far more considered game. Even against the better teams they have kept a good measure of possession. Their game does have a tendency to fall apart around Altidore, who at times seems little more than a clumsy handful.
The game should allow for rotation:
Jenkinson Sagna Koz Gibbs
Podolski Giroud Cazorla
Cheers for reading, enjoy the weekend,
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