So Cashley blanked Fabio at Wembley yesterday? haa

Regardless of that, Capello will see, what us Gooners have seen and known about for some time, Kieron Gibbs is the best left back at Arsenal right now, sorry Gael, but he is.

Cole seems to be coming to the end of his playing curve, off the field problems continue to blight the little bugger, young Gibbs will never have a better chance than this to grasp the England Number 3 shirt… and keep it.

Attack wise, he is already there, he has a sweet left boot, as seen in Poland in recent days, and is never frightened to shoot when the opportunity is on.

His crossing is infinitely better than Clichy’s.

Defensively he will continue to improve, his pace helps him get out of situations, but he does need to continue to improve that area of his game.

When I compare Cashley, Clichy and Gibbs.. all aged 20 odd… Gibbs is the clear winner for me.

If Fabio continues with the dated 442, Kieron may even be suited to the left-wing spot, he was originally seen as a left winger for our youths, and played a blinder against Inter Milan in said position a few years back in the Emirates Cup thingy.

Really looking forward to this Hungary friendly, with Jack also on board, surely the Italian must play both young guns to see what they can give.

The Arsenal Golden Generation is beginning to pay Club and Country.

JET must break through now he has been finally given a position to master, centre forward big man, Heskey with skill.

We know how much Fabio likes Emile, surely a matter of months before JET is seen as the natural replacement… who else do England have coming through in that role?

Arsenal and Wenger are nicely in shape to help England over the next decade.

These youngsters are in the mould of Arsenal/Wenger,  technique is king.  Nobody cares about a player who can run all day and get stuck in any longer.

Players who are comfortable on the ball, in all areas of the pitch will rule the next decade… it is highly concievable that the starting eleven in the 2014 World Cup team will consist of 5 Arsenal players.

The Germans showed the World this summer what it takes to get a young international team to play well.

Wenger has been bashed in recent years for not helping the national team, the coming years will see many change their tunes.

A familiar tale.


Proof, at last !!

Watch out for the subtitles, absolute genius.


England v Who?

June 23, 2010

So the nation holds it’s breath before the defining England game of the Capello era.

This afternoon, circa 3pm, our national team take on the smallest country out of the 32 teams that entered these World Cup finals.

Something is very, very wrong with this!

How the hell are we in this position? possibly the easiest group England have ever had in World Cup history, with a supposedly Golden Generation of players at the disposal of one of the greatest managers of his generation, and we are left worrying about getting a result against those giants of football, namely Slovenia.

The ball, the altitude, the attitude, the tactics, the players, the manager….. the list is endless, in terms of excuses for the first two results in this World Cup, but lets be clear about this, if we fail to beat Slovenia this afternoon, and other results dependant, it will be the biggest cock up in World Cup history.

Conversely, a convincing win, and the nation will be lifted, along with the team, and talk of once again becoming World Champions will be high on every Englishman’s agenda.

Fabio Capello, who was ironically born very near the Slovenian/Italian borders, has to get the team/formation right today, the players are stifled in the old-fashioned 4-4-2 with a big man and little man up front.

We need more control in midfield, in Rooney, we have a player who can thrive as the lone man up top, so play 5 in the midfield and take bloody control of the heart of the pitch, unlike the previous 2 games.

For me, the back 5 sorts itself out, but in midfield I would drop Fat Frank, and stick in a trio of Barry, Milner and Gerrard, with Lennon giving an outball and width down the right, and Joe Cole in on the left to come inside, leaving space for the overlapping Cunt to expose.

No chance he will play said side, as there is much talk of a Rooney/Defoe partnership today.

That worries me, as it would mean another bash at 4-4-2 against a team who will be playing 5-5-0.  The Slovenians only need a draw and they are through, 0-0 is the masterplan for them, there will be no adventure, just a punishing nullification of our final third.

How it got to this, who knows, but the country will unite in support for 90 minutes… and you cannot beat the spirit and togetherness of 60M people when such an important game of football is on.

Forget Eastenders, for sheer drama, nothing compares with following England at the World Cup.

Come on England!

Capello is clearly not an International team manager, proven Club manager, but certainly not an International manager.

We were fooled into thinking he maybe knew what he was doing during the qualifying rounds, alas, sweeping aside the likes of Andorra and Kazakhstan was no measure of his capabilities.

I applaud the man for his incredible achievements at the likes of Milan and Roma, but he has shown he does not have the ability to get the best out of the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Lampard et al.

I heard a Radio 5 Live interview after the match last night with David James, if you can get on iTunes and download the World Cup daily report, it’s on there, to say it reveals exactly what is wrong is an understatement.

James shows a clears disdain, and insinuates the rest of the squad feel the same, for the Italians insistence of naming the team “just before we get on the coach”

For crying out loud, this is the World Cup, a billion viewers worldwide, not an annual event like the FA Cup, but maybe a once in a lifetime chance for a footballer to leave his everlasting mark on the game of global football.  The players need to be ready mentally far more than physically, and how do you that if you have no clue if you are playing or not up until a couple of hours before kick-off.

We are certainly not down and out, I’m sure we will scrape past Slovenia in true English style, but equally I’m sure no matter what the outcome of this World Cup, Capello will not be the England manager come the start of the new Premiership season. Guaranteed.

The players fear him, obviously they respect him, but the fear is overriding and its being translated onto the pitch with fear filled football, there is no joy, no laughter, they are not enjoying the game.

Look at the teams doing well, Argentina have Diego with his antics of kissing and cuddling of his players on the sidelines, score a goal and you will get a big kiss and cuddle, have a bad game and you will get a big kiss and cuddle.

Capello? You better put a performance in or you’ll get 1000 lines from the headmaster, or worse!

Wenger speaking on French TV came up with the following beauty of a quote, which sums up England under Capello at World Cup 2010.

I’m surprised England fans booed… I thought they were asleep”

Surely dropping a player like Walcott, has bitten the manager on the arse?

In games like last night what you need is a spark off the bench, I concurred with many that Theo was not ready to start for England, but football brain or not, he pulls defences out of shape with his movement as they fear his pace getting clean in behind them, this clearly has helped to open space for other England attackers.

Shaun-Wright Phillips was a laughable inclusion, I think a lot of the squad also feel that it was a mistake, as Theo may not have helped his own cause, but his off the ball movement certainly helped the cause of players like Gerrard and Rooney to have more time and space in the final third.

Did we even have a proper chance last night?

I don’t care about Algeria playing 10 behind the ball… it was Algeria for crying out loud, not Argentina.

Going to remain as upbeat as I can until Wednesday afternoon, but bloody hell, we were given the easiest group in the entire competition and we have stuffed it up.