Seems like I was wrong in an earlier post I wrote suggesting that the FA was after our manager.
Wenger has publicly said that he would never consider managing England and he’s also said that the position should be filled by an Englishman, suggesting that the best man for the job is the fella down the road. You know the one, the twitchy wheeler-dealer but that’s not to say that Wenger wasn’t asked.
I touted Stuart Pearce but he’d already been appointed as the manager of Team GB for the next Olympics so I guess that’s why he ruled himself out.
The strange thing about this appointment is that Wenger is not to keen on letting his players play for team GB, I guess it’s because of Jack, Theo and Aaron and some of our other British players.
When you think of it, England do have a bit of a nerve asking for players to be released to play for their respective countries.
Look at Jack for instance, they want him to play for the under 21’s, for the senior team aswell and you can bet your bottom dollar that he would also be called up for Stuart Pearce’s Team GB.
I’m a passionate Englishman, I would always like to see Arsenal players representing their countries but I believe that it shouldn’t be to the detriment of the Arsenal.
We find these talented players, usually youngsters and we either buy them from wherever or bring them through our youngsters program. We train them, nurture them, pay their wages, only for the FA or Team GB to use them whenever they like.
Recently we have been going through a bit of a lean spell, although hopefully we are through the worst times and are now improving game by game but with the injuries we have had in this first eight to ten games makes you realise that when were short of players the FA or England really don’t care, unless of course they have an international fixture coming up.
You have to consider that every home game at Wembley must bring in £3 to 4 million.
They don’t have to pay transfer fee’s or worry if any one player gets injured they just leave it to the parent club to nurse these players back to health. The FA must have insurance in case of injury but we have to play without the injured player sometimes to the detriment of our own club and although I like to see England do well, I would much rather see Arsenal do better.
We now have a few possible England players and perhaps Team GB and Wenger must be getting worried, after all the English press have had a field day at his expense since the start of the season which makes me laugh when I think of some of the comments and articles I have read about our poor players and Arsenals position in the league.
Will we make the top four, will Wenger get the sack, will he walk away, then, the same bodies ask for some of our players to make them a few quid and help them field a team. No wonder Wenger shows little response to them, not to mention some of the decisions their referees have given against us.
At the end of the day our players want to be seen on the big stage and we have already seen that not every Arsenal player views his long-term future with us and have jumped ship. Unless we start improving trophy wise we could lose a few more.
So should Wenger allow these players to play in these Internationals or the Olympics or should he just concentrate on Arsenal’s form?
Tough call if you’re a patriotic Englishman, thankfully Wenger is not.
Written by Steve Palmer