Friday, August 19, 2022

Baptista – Freddie – Bungs – where is Leopold?

Good morning, Arsechums. It’s a fairly quiet one this morning and we have no midweek game, there are no internationals cocking things up and the manager is now spending the full week on the training ground with his players.

Arsene Wenger has been talking about Julio Baptista and his lack of pre-season football which means he’s playing catch up in terms of fitness. The boss says:

Julio is a very good player who is versatile and can play in different positions — and that will be good for us. But he has not played a lot of football and needs to be sharper and get some match-fitness before he is ready to start games.

It will be very interesting to see him properly fit because if he can waltz through United’s defence at his current level then what’s he going to be like when he’s gotten himself match fit?

Freddie Ljungberg says our win against United has put us back on track and shown everyone how good we are. It would be nice to see him back amongst the goals. There’s no doubting his work rate but it’s worrying to think the string of injuries he’s had have lessened his effectiveness. If he can stay injury free I’m sure he can make a contribution this season.

There’ll be lots of talk this morning about last night’s BBC programme about football managers and bungs. Our old chum Walrus Face seems to have been implicated more than anyone else so we’ll have to wait and see what comes out of it. Probably nothing, knowing the FA. I didn’t see it but it should be available to view via the BBC website later today.

I did mention last week that I might be making some changes to the mailing list. Those are still in the pieline but because of restrictions about sending schedules nothing will change for the time being.

I have also been trying to track down Leopold but without too much success. When I ring his house the answering machine says he’s moving house but it’s nothing to do with him not paying his bills or anything like that. Hopefully we’ll hear from him soon.

Hasta mañana, amigos.

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