Aaron Ramsey passed a fitness test yesterday and will be playing for Wales, in fact he’s captain again so expect him to play in both fixtures. I’d rather hoped he fail his fitness test, return back to Arsenal, be fit for next weekend and of course, well rested.
Talking of injuries, Laurent Koscielny is rumoured to be injured and will miss the match between France and Australia with a thigh strain which we can only hope isn’t too serious.
Jack Wilshere seems to have upset a few with his comment about Adnan Januzaj. I don’t see what all the fuss is about really, he was asked the question and all he did was answer it. If the press/media don’t like his view, well don’t ask such a controversial question in the first place.
Of course there will be many who agree with Jack and equally there will be many who disagree but at the end of the day, it won’t be they or Jack Wilshere who decides whether or not Januzaj will be eligible for England.
I’d say there are more pressing issues regarding the England football side right now and the press/media should focus on those.
Oh, and why are people worrying about Januzaj, who apart from scoring twice last weekend, has done little to hit the headlines? I’m sure there are many young Englishman who might think they should be next in line for a call up, maybe then a few of the ageing current side could retire gracefully.
England might start to look like a half decent side then……
Rumours are going around this morning suggesting that Jack Wilshere will not be part of the England squad for tonight. Some suggest he’s been dropped, others say he’s ‘ill’.
Staying with the internationals, Mesut Ozil is set to make his 50th appearance Germany tonight. Hard to believe he’s only 24 years old. He’s been talking at life in London and more importantly, at Arsenal. It’s quite clear that Mesut isn’t a player who has needed much time to settle into either a new country or a fast, hard and furious Premier League, something which attributes to the manager and players alike:
I feel great in London, the coach gives me the trust, the team is fully behind me and I feel very, very well there.
I can only say that [Wenger] is a great coach who knows exactly what he wants and has a clear vision. We need a coach like that if we want to be successful.
London is an interesting city to live in. I have grown to love this place in such a short space of time.
Clearly his previous club were all bitter and twisted after they sold him to us as both Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have criticised the player quite publicly. Both suggested that he couldn’t handle playing in the ‘pressure-cooker environment’ at the Santiago Bernabeu.
What utter poppycock and Ozil was quick to poor cold water on the fire those in Madrid were trying to fan:
If you look at my statistics and how many games I played there then you can see how professional I was. I had three great years in Madrid and that is all I will say.
He hasn’t started to bad for us either has he and I strongly suspect those ‘games played, goals scored and assists’ statistics will better those he left behind in Spain….
The Mirror have a story on Fernando Llorente who might be available on loan in January as he’s not getting in the Juventus side in a season when he needs to be playing in order to get selected by Spain for the World Cup. It makes sense of course for them to link us with the player as we desperately need a striker in January but will that player be Llorente? Well, The Daily Mail reports that a move to us has already been discussed, so who knows….
Talking of strikers, according to respected Sky Italia journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio Chelsea and Arsenal are locked in battle for the signature of highly-rated Barcelona striker Toni Sanabria. The 17-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects at La Masia, and had been linked with a move to Italy, with Serie ‘A’ side Udinese.
That’s your lot for Friday, have a good day folks…