I can understand fans betting on football results, I really can. Going back to my childhood days, I remember with great fondness sitting down with my Grandparents and picking out games, or in their case numbers, on the Pools each week. It was all in fun and only cost them a few ‘bob’ back in their day, nothing was too serious about it although I suspect deep down they would have loved to win.
Reading the article stating that an Arsenal fan had bet his house, car and his wife on Sundays match was staggering! As we all know, we lost so if the Manchester United fan stood firm, the poor Gooner has lost a lot, or should I say, the lot! What a twerp and I strongly suspect he’ll not be doing that again….
Apparently the Arsenal fan has three wives so I guess he’ll be ok…..
Onto some serious stuff.
As expected, Per Mertesacker won’t be fit enough to play for Germany this Friday as he’s still poorly but if he recovers in time, he could face England at Wembley on Tuesday. I hope Arsene Wenger keeps him away from the German camp, even if his bug has gone by the time Tuesday arrives, a further few days rest would do him the world of good. We all know how much a nasty bug can take out of the body and we need him fit for Southampton, not suffering a setback in a needless friendly.
I’ve read mixed reports about Mesut Ozil, some of which say he’s fit to face Italy, others suggest he’s not. If he is fit, he’s only set to play in one match according to Joachim Low.
Another sufferer of the dreaded bug was/is Tomas Rosicky. According to reports, he is set to be handed a one-year contract extension at Arsenal, if he manages to play twenty-five matches for the club this season. Our Czech midfield maestro, who is in the final year of his contract is reported to have a clause in his contract which will give him that extra year one year, if he hits the magic number of appearances.
How much truth in that is anyone’s guess.
I’ll finish with a bit on Jack Wilshere who this season has faced a bit of criticism from fans and the media at times, why I don’t know as when he graces the pitch, he gives his all and that’s for both club and country. He’s clearly aware of this and has fought back:
It’s tough but last season I got back into the team, got fit again and had 30-odd games which was nice, and this year I’ve stayed fit so far and that’s the aim for the rest of season.
People are always going to criticise you and judge your performances all the time. They are paid to do that, so you have to concentrate on your own game.
It’s easy to forget what he has been through and it’s it’s equally as easy to forget how young he is.
Apparently Theo Walcott is back for the Southampton game, and Lukas Podolski……
That’s it for another day……