Morning all.

The Daily Mail have a poll running which asks readers who they think should start at right-back for England at the World Cup later this year. The options along with the votes so far are as follows:

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7,960 votes
  • Reece James – 10,313 votes
  • Kyle Walker – 5,262 votes
  • Kieran Trippier – 3,630 votes
  • Someone else – 1,240 votes

Of course it’s in Arsenal’s interest that Ben White doesn’t go to Qatar with England but I don’t think I’ve seen a better right-back than him so far this season. How on earth can Alexander-Arnold even be considered before Gabriel Martinelli ran rings round him, let alone afterwards? What is it about England managers who can’t see what’s in front of them sometimes, preferring to stick to who they know. Harry Maguire should in my opinion, be nowhere near the England squad when it’s sets off for warm climates next month but I bet he is. Hypothetically, if I had to choose between him or Rob Holding, I’d opt for the latter. Not because he plays for Arsenal but because I think he’s probably more reliable. Just. Lol

Another Arsenal player ignored by England is Eddie Nketiah, despite breaking all sorts of records at under 21 level. Is he good enough for the senior team? I’d say yes he is because he’ll score goals from open play rather than relying on a spot kick from twelve yards. How many English strikers does Gareth Southgate have to call on who are much better than Eddie? Apparently he’s turned down the chance to play for Ghana twice, but who could blame him if he were to yes should they ask a third time. If they haven’t already that is which a quick search of the internet suggests they have.

At the moment, it seems only Bukayo Saka is a definitive for the England World Cup squad with Aaron Ramsdale a very likely to travel but if Jordan Pickford is fit, I suspect he’ll be Southgate’s first choice.

Back with Arsenal, headlines in the newspapers suggest Arsenal will have to make Gabriel Martinelli one of the clubs highest paid players if he’s to sign a new deal. How they know that I’ve no idea but logic suggests that with a new contract along with his age and form, a pay rise is bound to be offered to him. Whether that’s the suggested £200,000 a week or not is something only the Arsenal board along with the player and his representatives know. Same goes for Bukayo Saka and William Saliba as both will expect a little bit more in their bank each month.

What makes me laugh though is how the newspaper journalists write as if they know more about managing player contracts than football clubs do when they’ve no idea of what goes on behind closed doors. They don’t know how much a player expects to be paid or what his plans are for the future. Martinelli, Saliba and Saka might want to commit to Arsenal regardless of what they earn because believe it or not, there are still footballers out there who put happiness and ambition ahead of money.

Arsenal seem to have both right now, ambition in bucket loads and a happy squad, or as Gabriel Martinelli said after the Liverpool game, “a family”.

We are running for each other and we are a family, everyone is on their toes and we deserved the win. It doesn’t matter your age, it’s your heart and how much you want to achieve in football and life.

Money is important to all of us, but sometimes, in fact a lot of times, it can’t and doesn’t buy happiness.

See you in the comments.