Many people have cracked under the pressure of live television.
But George Boateng lost his head more than most on Sky Sports this morning.
The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough (and probably a few other clubs, Hull maybe?) midfielder boldly claimed that four of Arsenal’s starting line-up would get into Man City’s current team.
If you’re wondering how he arrived at such a conclusion, he genuinely seemed to pluck it out of thin air.
When he was asked to name the players, Boateng shot the camera a look reminiscent of Gob Bluth’s ‘I’ve made a huge mistake’ in Arrested Development.
Fair play to the Dutchman, he didn’t go back himself, citing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil as his first two choices.
Then things went downhill, quite dramatically.
Boateng hypothetically inserted Henrikh Mkhitaryan into City’s starting line-up.
He described the Armenian playmaker as a ‘good player’ which is fair enough, but he conveniently left out which City player Mkhitaryan would be replacing.
Then came the punchline.
You could see he was struggling for a fourth name; a few seconds of umming and erring, a few more of silence.
Then he pulled the trigger — Danny Welbeck.
14 goals in his last 62 games, never reached double figures in the league, chipping finishes into Manuel Neuer’s hands… that Danny Welbeck.
Let’s analyse Boateng’s final selection in greater detail.
Welbeck is capable of playing as a centre-forward or as a left-sided forward.
With that in mind, either Sergio Aguero or Leroy Sane will have to make way.
The Argentine has scored 199 goals in 288 games for Man City, 30 of which have come this season.
Welbeck has scored 22 goals for Arsenal. Total. In four years.
What about Sane then, he’ll graciously make way, won’t he?
Sure he’s one of, if not the, absolute best wingers in the world.
And so what if only Kevin De Bruyne has more assists in the Premier League this season.
This is Welbz, we’re on about…
In all seriousness, Guardiola would probably do wonderful things with Ozil but other than that, it’s difficult to make an argument for any of the current Arsenal players.
Sorry George, you’ve had a nightmare son…