Morning all.

Do four goals against the lowest ranked country in world football deserve such gushing over? Two of which were penalties I hasten to add. The way the British media are reacting to England’s 10-0 thrashing of San Marino is ridiculous in my opinion. Of course it was good to secure the victory needed to cement England’s place in next years World Cup competition but perspective please! Arsenal were on show in the game with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale all in the starting eleven, the latter two for the first time. Smith Rowe and Saka grabbed a goal each. Both played well too by all accounts but again, it was San Marino, not Spain, France or Germany.

One has to wonder why San Marino are even in the competition in the first place as it does them no good whatsoever. Imagine how the players feel after such a result and it’s not a one off. In all the time they’ve been competing in the Euros or World Cup, they’ve won one fixture according to Wiki and concede an average of 4.2 goals a game.

Anyway, I’m pleased that’s it for England as far as this international break goes so Emile, Aaron and Bukayo can pack their bags and get back home to Arsenal. Gabriel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Sambi Lokonga, Mo Elneny, Nuno Tavares and Flo Balogun all play their final fixture later today. If selected of course. That’s it then for international fixtures until after this season has come to an end. Thank goodness eh!

Injuries are mounting up for Liverpool according to reports in the media. Mane, Henderson, Robertson, Firmino, Jones, Milner and Keita are all doubts for the weekend. If none manage to recover by Saturday, Lady Luck could be on our side. Plus Egypt play later. Lol

Thomas Partey is the main concern for Arsenal at the moment but hopefully his tight groin will have recovered during this two week break.

According to a report from Calciomercato, Arsenal are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Dejan Kulusevski in January. The Juventus forward is one of a number of players rumoured to leave the Italian League leaders.

Another player Arsenal are being linked to is American Tyler Adams who plays club football for RB Leipzig. A defensive midfielder who can play fullback on either side as well as on the wings. Basically, he can play anywhere bar centre forward. He’s 22 years old so totally fits the route Mikel Arteta is taking Arsenal. He has a £32.25M get out clause in his contract according to reports in the media.

 

 

Not the tallest admittedly but he looks strong and his stats are good. 5/10 for flair? Who cares, a defensive midfielder needs to be strong, determined and have the ability to break down an opponent’s attack. I know YouTube could make the most average of player look good but this youngster is receiving rave reviews for both club and country.

Still, if Ainsley Maitland-Niles keeps his head down and plays well, Arsenal might not need to worry about signing another midfielder.

See you in the comments.