I Ramble: 29 January 2018

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

What the fuck. I finally caught up on Arsenal news, lol, only to discover that Alexis Sanchez has transferred to Manchester United. I truly regret not buying Ozil’s shirt from the Emirates now. Sheesh.

If you think about his playing style, he’s too predictable. He wants everyone to put in the same shift as him, working hard. What he fails to probably understand that Arsenal places emphasis on intelligent football. Well basically, instead of simply working hard, Arsenal is more inclined on working smart. Why drain your energy when you can save it for the final kick of a string of quick and intelligent passes? So when you put Ozil and Alexis in a team, and we all know how Ozil’s style is, I think Alexis will naturally get frustrated by how ‘lackadaisical’ Ozil seems to be on the field. I think between Giroud and Ozil and Alexis and Ozil, the better combo is actually Giroud and Ozil. There is a connection and understanding of each other’s movement. In the Chile national team, basically their strategy is to feed Alexis the ball and he will naturally score. It’s pretty direct whereas in the Arsenal team, Alexis finds himself having to be heavily involved in getting the ball and defending it instead of simply scoring goals. Alexis isn’t the best defender either. With Giroud, he actually defends a whole lot better than Alexis. Giroud has a great physical presence. I think Giroud absorbed much more from the Arsenal way than Alexis has. He understands how to make up for his shortcomings and trained himself to be versatile in both attack and defence. For Alexis, I think he’s too reliant on what he knows as much as how he is reliant on his right leg. So I can see why Wenger wouldn’t be too sore over losing Alexis. Yes, it is a huge loss to the Arsenal team but Wenger has always placed emphasis on the beauty of the game via teamwork. Alexis would suit Man U just fine since he plays a more direct brand of football.

If I am invested enough, I’ll do a stats/analysis piece on my hunch. It’s just my opinion but heyyyy, I can always be wrong.

Here’s a scorpion kick of the beautiful man, Olivier Giroud, which won him the FIFA Puskas Best Goal of the Year award. And uncannily enough, his scorpion kick was compared to Mkhitaryan’s scorpion kick by the commentators. Hehehehe. Welcome to Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan! Okay, I include your scorpion kick too hehehe!

And Allah is As-Saboor, The Extensively Enduring One. – MM


Author: Metropolitan Muslimah

Born 1989. Female. Metropolitan Muslimah. Songstress. Teacher in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Singapore. Gooner since the signing of Mesut Özil on 2 September 2013. We won two back-to-back FA Cups since. Made my first trip to the Emirates on 10 May 2015 followed by my first home game against Swansea City on 11 May 2015, which we lost 0-1.

2 thoughts on “I Ramble: 29 January 2018”

  1. “In the Chile national team, basically their strategy is to feed Alexis the ball and he will naturally score.”

    Chile’s playstyle under their previous manager was a high-pressing game, similar to Klopp’s Liverpool — press their opponents non-stop and rely on punishing mistakes. Alexis is suited to this playstyle, but he’s not a one-man team for Chile. Vargas, Vidal, and Valencia were also vital members of the national side.


    1. In any case, his strength is his flaw: his right foot. He die die need to kick with his right foot, which cost him when he ballooned the shot at the open goal. If he didn’t take the time to sort his feet out and get some decent improvised kick on it, the Devils could have walked away with a point at least.


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