This international break seems to have gone on forever. They always do. There really has not been much going on, so there has been little to write about.
Some have filled the void by spreading fake news about Arsene Wenger in talks to return to Arsenal. How a 15-year-old from India who runs one of those Twitter accounts that copy and pastes News Now headlines has inside knowledge on Arsenal I will never know.
Fact is the account in question does not have inside knowledge on Arsenal, and is merely making stuff up for RTs during the dull international break.
There has been plenty to fill the time during the break. Mainly cricket and F1. Add in Peaky Blinders and Mindhunter and there has been enough to keep myself occupied. Even used the free time to de weed my driveway.
There has been some Arsenal-related stuff going on over the last week.
We had Eddie Nketiah and Riess Nelson performing well for England U21s. Both are clearly too good for that level. But probably not quite good enough to play regular Premier League football.
Eddie has done well on loan at Leeds and, worst case scenario, Arsenal should be able to get a fee north of £20million next summer if they decide to cash in.
He is a pure finisher and needs to work on his link up play. Around the world, the top strikers are no longer just goal scorers. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Firminho, Lionel Messi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also get involved in the build up play. Eddie needs to add that to his game.
On the worlds best strikers, FIFA announced their “Best” list last week. Auabameyang failed to make the list. It was not a surprise as he failed to win anything. However when you consider only 4 of the players outscored him on the list, you start to fill these things are a waste of time.
The fact that Mauricio Pochettino was named alongside Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola as one of the best 3 managers last season sums it up. His Spurs side nearly lost as many games as they won.
Other stuff going on includes Grant Xhaka and paternity leave.
It is a story that has been blown out of proportion as people look to fill the international void.
His baby is due mid-October during the international break.
Xhaka’s Swiss team-mate Haris Seferovic has taken the same steps this week, leaving the squad early after becoming a father.
And Xhaka said: “There are more special things in life than football. For example, when you become a father.
“With Haris it was agreed that he gives everything against Ireland and then travels home.
“And with me, it would probably fall on that time when we play.”
He is not taking time away from Arsenal, but taking time away from the Swiss national team. There really is not much to complain about.
Tonight France play Andorra and it should see Matteo Guendouzi make his debut.
Fair play to the lad.
18 months ago he was playing in the French League 2, and now he is an Arsenal 1st team regular and about to play for his country. He has kicked on from last season and as long as he continues to progress, he could make it to the very top.
Real football returns at the weekend but before then we have more cricket!