Morning all.

I’ve copied this from Sky Sports, a repeat of what Granit Xhaka is reported to have told Blick:

Of course I read (about the interest). But now I’m 100 per cent focused on the national team here. That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now. I have another two years on my contract in London and Arsenal they know what they have in me. When the time comes to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.

Mourinho is reported to be hoping to tempt Xhaka to make a switch from Arsenal to Roma this summer and is supposed to have previously said:

Xhaka is the main man in the entire Arsenal midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes. Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember, mistakes are made by humans.

xhaka went on to say that he’d not read or heard what Mourinho had said about him but after finding out, he felt proud. Of course he would, after all, we all like our ego massaged every now and again.

Xhaka added:

Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles. You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.

What Xhaka would probably like to have said might be very different. Reality is, Mourinho has been ridiculing Arsenal for years and Xhaka has been part of that. Also, Mourinho’s days of being a successful coach are in the past. His park the bus and hit teams on the break is boring, negative and outdated, which is why he keeps getting the sack. Xhaka’s game might very well suit a Mourinho team but I very much doubt Xhaka would want to be part of it. I could be very wrong though. Either way, if Roma really want him, reflect it in any offer they make Arsenal.

Tennis has hit the sporting headlines and without going into the story, the crux of the matter is sports people and the media/press. In tennis, a player has to give an interview within 30 minutes of the match ending but in reality, the time frame is usually much less. As we all know, in football and many other sports, the manager also has to face the media within minutes of a fixture ending. Easy if his/her team has just won but after a loss it must be hard. Even more so when a bad decision or five made by the officials have played a hefty part in the loss. Of course the media probably love it and enjoy asking the tricky questions which of course they’re entitled to do but a manager, well he has to watch what he says and bite his tongue in some cases because a bad word about the officiating and he can be hit with a fine. The officials however are free to go home and enjoy the rest of the day yet I think they too should have a microphone stuffed under their nose, metaphorically speaking of course, and asked why they made the decisions they did when they were clearly wrong.

Perhaps if they suffered the same kind of grilling individual sports players and team sports managers do just after a fixture/match, they’d be more focused on improving their own performances. In football, why is someone  who likes to write such negativity about the manager or player they regularly pick on, not keen on sitting down with Mike Riley and asking him why the standard of officiating in the Premier League is so poor and why there is little to no consistency in the way the footballing laws are applied.

I understand that there’s a duty for all sporting men and women to speak to the media but common sense suggests that the timing of when they’re expected to speak isn’t right.

Especially in football when the rule doesn’t apply to everyone who’s been involved in it’s outcome.

See you in the comments.