By Tony Attwood
Just as the Mirror has told us that Arsenal are travelling without a backup keeper but with Ramsey, so other sources are telling us Ramsey has not travelled. It really is all very confusing. After all if we can’t trust our newspapers who can we trust? (That’s irony. The opposite of irony is of course wrinkly).
Meanwhile Tottenham have worries:
“The circumstances this season are so tough,” said Mr Pochettino. “Look what is going to happen in the Carabao Cup. We are going to play Monday in Wembley against Manchester City and then we must play on Wednesday or Thursday, and then we must play Saturday and Tuesday in the Champions League. That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.”
The newspapers have covered this, because when Mr P speaks it is clearly a matter of importance. But you know, given that the Mirror appears to have made a complete balls up of reporting the Arsenal team in far flung wherever it is, maybe they have got something wrong with the fixture congestion…
So let us have a look. Between now and 10 October, Totteham have three games: Barcelona, Cardiff and Gillingham
Between now and 10 October Arsenal have just two games, Qarabag, Fulham. Tottenham’s extra game is in the Football League Trophy. A tough one of course.
Moving on to the period after the interbore break, between 20 and 30 October Tottenham have three games (West Ham, Eindhoven and Manchester City). But Arsenal have five games: Leicester, Sporting, Palace, Cheltenham and Blackpool.
So Arsenal have a tougher time of it than Tottenham and yet the newspapers are running whole articles about the Tottenham problem with fixtures.
It really is very confusing. Meanwhile a Mr P Scholes has described a Mr Mourinho as an embarrassment. This always confuses me even more. When someone is an embarrassment who is embarrassed? Is Mr Scholes embarrassed? Is the TV station embarrassed? Is the club embarrassed? I can’t see any of them looking embarrassed at all. Obviously I am missing something.
Elsewhere it is being suggested that Barcelona don’t have any money to buy any players, so Pogba isn’t going there. It seems that although they have the biggest turnover of any sporting club in the world – €916 million – €639 million of that goes on wages. OK they sold Neymar to PSG for €222 million but they still seem to be a bit short of the readies.
Where has all the money gone?
Back with Manchester United’s problems, the Telegraph is now saying that the basic structure of the club is flawed. But with the profits they make, who worries?
Well, there are worries, and here is why. Barcelona are top of their league and yet not making enough money to bring in the extra that they want to buy more players and pay ever bigger salaries. They are already spending every penny they get from their sponsors, and from their crowds, and from the TV rights. So what now?
As we have seen, PSG answer the problem by getting vast amounts of money from their sponsor which is the non-existent Qatar tourist board. (Can’t you just see the millions of Barcelona supporters heading across the sand dunes?) Now even Fifa and Uefa have said that the whole thing is too fishy for words and has to stop.
So who is left to give more money to Barcelona? Sadly for them, no one quite knows. But Man U make huge profits and they are still not top of the league, because their structure is wrong. It is all very confusing.
Let’s finish off with a return to Arsenal. I suggested before that to finish in the top four, Arsenal need to get back to their average away form of the years up to 2015/16. But there is another route – having a club that was in the top five, collapse. Man U are obliging us at the moment.
So if one more club from last season’s top six could also have a slip, we’d be helped on our way even without improving the away form. Could that obliging club be Tottenham? This morning we were reporting their terrible injury crisis. Earlier we have reported their stadium crisis. Today we are reporting their fixture crisis. With three crises at once, maybe it could just be the Nomads that help us on our way. How ironic that would be, and not crinkly at all.
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