Football is a funny old game, isn’t it? There are never simple decisions in the game and pretty much everything that happens nowadays seems to amaze me. As we’re all aware, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbsa are set to play some part in tonight’s friendly for England and considering neither have had a full season playing as first choice for Arsenal, it is a very high accolade to their abilities that the manager has picked them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand their potential, I know they’re very good and think they are very much worthy of their place in the squad – but as I’ve said several times, I really do think a place in the national team of a country should be the reward of a good season with your club rather than something that is handed out lightly.
What does it say about England and Arsenal? Well, it basically means that Arsenal, as a team, have some of the most exciting and gifted English youth out there. A lot of other player will be in and around our first team and the England squad soon too – Lansbury, Emmanuel Thomas, Frimpong, to mention a few. And for England, it means that they really don’t trust some of their senior players and are really struggling with the technical football qualities required at the top level nowadays.
Looking at what we have who do you think will be the team of the future? Rooney spearheading the attack with a proper striker like Agbonlahor up front with him, with Jack Wilshere the Cesc role, Adam Johnson on the left, Theo Walcott on the right? Maybe Frimpong holding? Gibbs, Johnson as the wing backs, Cahill and Jageilka in the middle? Joe Hart in goal – very inexperienced, but what potential that set of names has?
Back to reality and good old ‘Arry Redknapp has offered sulky William Gallas a 2 year contract to move across London to join the Sp*rs challenge this season, and it’s a strange one, considering. Would Gallas even consider such a deal? A move to the old enemy – well, he did move from Chelsea to Arsenal, but that was more for Arsene than anything else. Sp*rs have ‘Arry at the helm and you just can’t see that working – but they do need a centre back and they can’t spend any money despite qualifying for the CL. Let’s see what happens – apparently, William’s contract demands don’t fit into their wage structure, as the Frenchman is looking for a weekly wage of £100k+.
Further up north, there seems to be a lot of disharmony at Man City with several players such as Joe Hart, Shay Given and Craig Bellamy hitting out at their treatment – I just watched the SSN interview with Bellamy and he honestly feels like he won’t be in the 25 and was really disheartened. Given said he’d put in a transfer request if he wasn’t number one against Sp*rs and you’ve got to think that there are more players in that position. With Bolletelli and Milner about to join, someone has to give way. There are rumours that we’re interest in Vincent Kompany and /or one of the goalkeepers – but I really wouldn’t hold my breath considering the amount of money they must be on right now.
In the midlands, Martin O’Neill has quit as manager of Aston Villa amidst rumours that he has been unable to spend any money this transfer window and that the people above him sanctioned the move of Milner against his wishes without allowing him to spend the money on new players. O’Neill has been very loyal to Villa, rejecting the overtures of Liverpool and other clubs to remain at the helm and I definitely don’t think it was an easy decision to quit – despite his moaning and general anti-Arsenal vibes – you have to give him some respect considering the squads he’s built and managed over his career – who would have thought it? Liverpool / Fulham must be thinking… if only they waited…
In Spain, it look like the big two are continuing their recruitment drive with Carvalho and Ozil set for moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. And some really bad news for ex Gooner, Philippe Senderos who has ruptured his achilles tendon and looks to be out for about 9 months. I really wanted to see him recover from his last couple of years and play some football.
Back to the wonderful world of Arsenal, and our injury worries have resurfaced again just in time for the season start with two strikers and four midfielders out – Van Persie, Bendtner, Cesc, Song, Diaby and Denilson will all be missing for this weekend trip to Anfield, which means we’ll be relying on the youngsters and trio of Nasri, Wilshere and Frimpong in the middle of the park for the opening fixture. Typical Arsenal, hey? Arsene thinks the title will be more open this season, and I’d have to agree – but all in all, it’s about who tops it and I really hope we do…
Adios for now… let’s hope we sign someone by the time you read this!