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