by Bulldog Drummond
Yes the story that Arsenal players are only allowed fruit juice that has been freshly squeezed has taken the media by storm, with journalists never having heard anything like it before. No beer at breakfast? Are these not men?
However there are a few who are still playing the Ozil card. I think this furore should be remembered as the “one look is all it takes” story – because ultimately the whole notion that Ozil “stormed” out (no one in the world of journalism walks out of a room) came (we have now found out) from a single look. I would say it reminds me of a song by Doris Troy, but that would reveal my age, so I won’t.
Still I’m glad they didn’t just make it up.
Of course being a journalist is hard – as is being an editor, as witness the index page of the Telegraph’s online football section which says (as of noon 1 September)
Yes indeed. Using computers rather than people to keep your websites running is all right, but maybe you need the odd person around just to pick up the out of date bits, and the relevations that you are simply posting the same story twice in order to get more readers.
Still at least they have stopped saying “All you need to know.” They don’t read Untold do they?
But enough of this. What of the game?
Top of the injury league this Saturday is Everton with nine men down, followed by the Tiny Totts with six, and then a host of clubs on five including Arsenal. Cardiff are on three while bottom of the table and clearly not really trying is Southampton with one man out.
Physioroom are being a little bit silly I feel (they haven’t hired Sir Hardly Anyone have they?) in that they are now publishing Mesut’s name as M �zil which I find amusing rather than tasteless. But if offered enough dosh I could find it tasteless if you want.
The rest of the list is the standard selection: Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac (player of the month one year ago), and Koscielny.
Mesut is, according to all reports, back and will be tested out in a new position (right back?)
Cardiff are lacking Mendez-Laing, Hoilett who may well be back from a groin injury and Gunnarsson who really sounds as if he ought to be playing for us.
We all know that if Arsenal is going to make an improvement this season over last, it has to be in terms of the away form – our home form is unlikely to get any better than last year. Cardiff however had a good home record last year – although of course in a division lower.
Home matches only…
Perhaps not surprisingly one of those home defeats was against Wolverhampton by 0-1. The other two however were consecutive on 26 and 29 December: 2-4 to Fulham and 0-1 to Preston. They also lost 0-2 to Manchester City at home in the Cup, (a much weakened City side as I recall) and 1-2 to Burton Albion in the League Cup at their home ground (imaginatively named the Cardiff City Stadium – it sits on the opposite side of the road from the old ground.)
What is particularly interesting about Cardiff’s progress last season is that they had one of those dead patches that can affect all teams. It came just around Christmas.
|23 Dec 2017||Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City||L||2-0||League Championship|
|26 Dec 2017||Cardiff City v Fulham||L||2-4||League Championship|
|29 Dec 2017||Cardiff City v Preston North End||L||0-1||League Championship|
|01 Jan 2018||Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City||L||2-1||League Championship|
|06 Jan 2018||Cardiff City v Mansfield Town||D||0-0||FA Cup|
Mansfield Town who completed the run came 8th in League Two last season. Cardiff did however win the replay, but that little run in the midst of a triumphant promotion season does show that worries and concerns can set in with this squad. Indeed as we noticed in the earlier report today in the first three games this season Cardiff City scored zero, and then while being beaten at home by Norwich City of the Championship they managed to get their one and only goal of the season.
Perhaps their approach is to have the rocky period at the start of the season and get it out the way.
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