Morning Insiders, I’m in a bad mood this morning… Is it because there was no milk in the house for my morning cup of tea? Is it because I’m still smarting after reading, life long Arsenal fan, Piers Morgan’s assessment of our prospects this year? No. It’s because tonight sees England face the Czech Republic in an International Friendly.
I’m not a big fan of international football but international friendlies I detest, and this one has become an annual annoyance. Surely anybody can see this is the most ridiculous fixture in the football calendar. One of our players always gets injured, Samir Nasri has already withdrawn from the French squad having aggravated the injury that saw him miss our game against FC Twente, now he’ll probably miss the trip to Fulham. Would a two-day training camp used simply to bring the players together at the start of a very long season not make far more sense?
England will qualify for the World Cup. They will have some dodgy results on the way. The papers will be full of things like “this is Capello’s first real test” “should Beckham still be playing on the right”.
Other managers will point the finger yet again at “Wenger’s foreign legion” for the reason that England struggle. The truth is, they’re all too afraid to say what everyone thinks, Lampard should be dropped, without two midfield destroyers to do the hard work for him, Frank is average, Stevie Gerrard is not interested in playing football unless “You’ll never walk alone” is sung before the game and Michael Owen is finished.
Anyway, as I said I don’t like international football. I thought for a while that this was due to the lack of Arsenal players in the England set up, I thought it was because the Media hype the national team to the point that we all think England just have to show up collect the trophy and go home but over the summer watching the Euros, I realised the reason I in fact hate international football is because supporting another team, any other team, makes me feel like ill. I have often watched international games when two of our players play against each other and felt totally unwell. All I want is for neither of them to get injured and them both to play well and come home safe.
So its fair to say tonight I won’t be watching, I won’t be listening and I certainly won’t be caring.
There are some strange stories flying about today many suggesting that Mikael Silvestre could be coming to Arsenal after refusing a new contract at Manure. Now we could really use a centre half so many the papers have decided thats reason enough to link him to us but he is certainly not what we need. A bit part United player who is as prone to pulling Senderos like mistakes as… well Senderos.
AW has said we may see some movement in the transfer this week, with Barry, Alonso and Johnson all now European cup tied until February I think the smart money in on Gorkan Inler. I know Denilson has done well (our own Arsenehollis is a huge fan of the little Brazilian) but I think last season proved that Cesc needs a partner that can put his foot in, has a good engine and knows that his job is to feed the Spanish Wizard the ball as quickly as possible. Is that player at the club? No. He was and it broke my little red and white heart when he left. Could that player be about to join the club? After our unimpressive start to the season fingers crossed Insiders. Wenger has been pouring fuel onto the Arsenal fire for the last three seasons, lets hope whoever comes in brings a box of matches.