Good morning to all of you new and old. We have ourselves a game today! You’re a Guy versus Friends. Torriera starts in the midfield for You’re a Guy and he will have his hands full as France start Griezmann, Pogba, and Mbappe. He will also play across the field from the player I have most compared him to: N’Golo Kante.
I wanted to give you an update on tomorrow’s predictions: the system has picked England easily over Sweden and Croatia easily over Russia. I also want to admit that “the system” is only picking obvious teams so, I’m already bored with it. I do expect Sweden to give England much more of a game than the system predicts. Simply because England are poorly structured and play a turgid attacking system. I don’t know how Sweden is going to score but wouldn’t it just be funny if England has like 30 shots to 3 and Sweden goes on to win on penalties?
I honestly think that will be a close approximation of the shot difference. Of if you want, something like 3.2 xG v. 0.7xG. It’s all down to Big Chances – I don’t know how England will create them if they don’t win a penalty.
On the Arsenal news front, I see a lot of people are reading a lot of things into a video put out by Arsenal Media with behind the scenes footage of the players in training with Emery. There’s an opening scene with Gazidis greeting Ramsey and the two of them have a moment. I love the people saying “I’m not a body language expert BUT…”
But.. Gazidis is a dork. In the Introducing Unai video he shows Emery into the bowels of the Emirates stadium, points at a wall and says “this is..” then makes a hand motion like a tunnel, “a tunnel”. In this video, he’s wearing dorky wraparound sunglasses and looks like some middle-aged guy trying to be cool with the kids, inviting them out on his yacht.
Everyone looks uncomfortable in this video because it’s obvious that the GM is inserting himself into the public eye. It looks like Gazidis taps Ramsey’s arm and says “captain’s armband”. We don’t know what Ramsey says in return. What we do know is that Ivan Gazidis wants to make sure everyone knows that he’s working hard, especially working hard to re-sign Ramsey.
Good. If he gets Ramsey and Torriera to sign for Arsenal, I’ll buy him another pair of dorky sunglasses.
The Gazidis/Ramsey interaction overshadowed the good content in that video: Unai Emery is teaching the players defensive fundamentals. There’s one where he has the players run up to press the guy with the ball, and then follow them as they run past. These are the kind of defensive fundamentals that players like Granit Xhaka desperately need and I love watching him teach this stuff.
In transfer news, the Mirror is reporting that Juventus want Mustafi and Arsenal fans believe the Mirror because they really want to be rid of this player. So far, this looks like a nonsense transfer story. Why on earth would a top club like Juventus want Mustafi? You might as well say that Real Madrid want Chambers.
Right, that’s your scraps for the day. France are winning 1-0. You’re a Guy doesn’t have Cavani. The system would give a big advantage to France without Cavani.