When Eduardo played in Olic for Croatia’s second goal I couldnt help but feel a small sense of joy. That pass summed up completely why England is where it is and Arsenal are getting the blame. Before the match I explained my reasons why it is not Wenger’s fault and that one pass just backed up my points. The way he carried the ball forward and slipped a perfect pass through three defenders showed why English players cannot get into the Arsenal squad. Only once did I see a pass of such quality and that was from David Beckham. Apart from the cross to set up Crouch I did not once see a pass that opened the Croatia defence up and cause them real problems. The England players did not run with real purpose as Eduardo did. England are not good enough and the first step to improving the dire situation we are in is not caps on foreigners but acceptance. Once this is done then maybe we can get somewhere.
For anyone that hasnt heard enough suggestions for managers I would want someone from this list: Jose Mourinho, Stuart Pearce, Jurgenn Klinsmann
During an international break it is now custom that squads are disrupted. Last time Van Persie was pushed onto the injury table but this time it has increased. Alex Hleb who has been in excellent form isout for 3 weeks and Flamini is out for a week or so. Gilberto is “fatigued” which to me is quite pathetic. The guy wants his place back yet he is too tired to take it when the pportunity arises – it will be his loss. With Fabregas suspended (deliberately?) and Diaby out injured also it only really leaves two options in midfield. Rosicky will start on the left with Denilson and Diarra likely to start in central midfield. On the right Wenger will probably go for Eboue but Walcott deserves a start. He was brilliant in the two England U21 games this week and Eboue has not impressed me that much.
The back four will remain the same as continuity is what has made progress possible this season and Almunia should start again in goal. Wenger has a decision to make up front however with Eduardo and Walcott pushing to start alongside Adebayor. With Van Persie back soon they need to stake their claim now if they want to keep him out of the team. As I said Walcott has been in good form and played up front for the U21s. If he doesnt get selected our wide then he could get chosen up top. I think Eduardo will get the nod.
The team would be
Subs: Lehmann, Bendtner, Eboue, Hoyte, Song??
I think we can win this game but we have to be professional to stay top of the table.