History Makers…

Morning all.

What an afternoon/early evening it was for womens football in England. Germany tried every trick in the book to stop England playing their game but in the end, it didn’t work. Sarina Wiegman and her squad worked hard for 120 minutes before a late winning goal secured the Euro Cup. The entire tournament has been a success for the womens game. 87,000 fans at Wembley is incredible but a long time coming. When I started playing in the 70’s, it was rare to see anyone bar the linesman, substitutes and team managers on the sidelines but just look at it now. But there’s still a long way to go yet as Ian Wright, Alex Scott and Jonas Eidevall alluded to after the game.

Captain Leah Williamson said after lifting the trophy:

This is the proudest day of my life. The legacy of this tournament is a change in society. We’ve brought everyone together and we’ve got people at games. We want people to come to WSL games but the legacy of this team is winners, and it’s the start of a journey.

England won the tournament the hard way, with Spain, Sweden and then Germany to beat but beat them they did. Beth Mead came away with the golden boot and was named player of the tournament but every single one of the players Sarina Wiegman turned to throughout the competition played their part. From captain Leah Williamson to the older and experienced Jill Scott, fantastic.

Well done to them all.

Double Dutch.

England women are the new European Champions. They are history makers, record breakers and simply brilliant.

Back to Arsenal, Flo Balogun is on the brink of joining Reims according to Fabrizio Romano on Twitter. Premier League clubs were also interested but suggestion is, he wants to go abroad. Another exit Romano says is close is Bernd Leno to Fulham. An £8m transfer fee has been agreed as have personal terms between the player and club.

The rumours regarding potential signings are showing no sign of letting up. They won’t either after Mikel Arteta said Arsenal are still hoping to add to the squad. Cody Gakpo is again in the news with the Mirror suggesting we’re favourites to sign him. Leeds are interested in him too but come on, if it’s only between us and them, surely there’s only one winner?

The ghastly Roy Keane reckons Man City only sold Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal because we’re not a threat to the top two teams. Perhaps he’d be better to keep his views to himself, especially as his old club are not exactly firing on all cylinders. Perhaps we’re not seen as a threat to Liverpool or money bags Man City but I’ve a sneaky feeling he might be left with egg on his face in May. 8m not suggesting we will win the League but I reckon there’s a good chance the gap between the top two of last season and the rest, especially Arsenal, will be closed considerably. If I end up being right, it’ll be because City sold us Jesus and Zinchenko because put them in with the other players Arsenal have signed, we’re definitely stronger. Much stronger.

See you in the comments.