A few bits of Arsenal news to rattle through this morning before I jump in a cold shower.
Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, Lucas Torreira, William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu all return to training yesterday.
The return of those given in extended break after the pointless internationals leaves Mikel Arteta with a full squad to take out to America.
The first game is against Everton on Saturday 16th and the final a week later against Chelsea on the 23rd.
In this era of “net zero”, it is laughable that clubs lecture fans on climate change, then fly 4,336 miles to face a team that are 6 miles away.
Now I know the commercial benefits of these worldwide tours, and it just highlights what a scam it all is.
It is not just football clubs but almost every major organisation – they are happy to ignore their morale’s on climate change, equality and inclusivity if it means making a few million quid.
Jack Wilshere was also named as the new Head Coach of the Under-18s following his retirement.
Last year he was undertaking a few training sessions with the Under-17s whilst he did his coaching badges.
Wilshere is joined at the club by Mehmet Ali who takes over the U23s.
Turkish born Ali joins from Reading U23s whom he joined from Tottenham in July 2019. He became their U23 manager in August 2020.
Wilshere becomes is 3rd former youth team player to become part of Per Mertesacker’s academy set up joining Adam Birchall (U18s manager) and Julian Gray (U18s assistant).
William Saliba is looking fit and healthy in training and is on the verge of signing a new deal.
With European football back on the agenda next season we need 3 top class central defenders and there will be plenty of games to keep Ben White, Gabriel and Saliba interested.
Still just 20-years-old, Saliba is still an exciting prospect.
Had we signed him for £40million this summer, we would be buzzing about his recruitment.
Having not yet played a game for us, he is literally like a new signing.
Some final sad news.
Mesut Ozil has had his contract terminated by Fenerbache. That turned sour quickly.
Hopefully he fins fulfilment in life playing his computer games and we never have to hear about him again.
Enjoy your Tuesday.