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England, Granit Xhaka & Liam Gallagher


Well that was not fun was it.

After plenty of excitement in the World Cup recently, England defeat was a boring defeat as both B teams struggled to try and win.

Eventually England lost, which might be good, but might be bad. We will find that one out once we play Columbia.

After the 6-1 win over Panama, England were back to their boring best.

Granit Xhaka

I have blogged a few times about how much I rate Granit Xhaka. That he is a top player. Just played out of position.

Since joining Arsenal two years ago, he has had to deal with a lot of criticism from fans and the media.

Xhaka gets a lot of blame for the team being set up unbalanced. He has never really played as the deepest central midfielder.

He needs to be allowed to press and be aggressive. Sitting deep never suited him. He does not deserve the abuse he gets.

At the World cup for Switzerland, he is playing in his more natural position, with a deeper midfielder behind him.

By having someone behind him will allow him to get further forward, to be more aggressive in the middle of the park, and know he has a safety net behind him.

Against Costa Rica he was terrific once more.

Some might say it was “only Costa Rica” but it was only Panama who Harry kane scored a hat trick against. It was only Costa Rica that England drew 0-0 with at the last World Cup.

Next season, with Lucas Torreira set to be behind him, I expexct a big season from the Swiss man.

Liam Gallagher

Anyone else off to see Liam Gallagher at Finsbury Park today? Should be plenty of Arsenal about taking into account its location.

Pity The George has now shut down as it would have been the ideal back street boozer for a few pre-gig pints that not many would know about. Plenty of Oasis, Stone Roses and Courteneers on the juke box. It would have gone off in there.

Instead it will probably be one of the upmarket bars on Upper Street around Canonbury.

LG is not due on until 9pm, so my bet is an afternoon boozing before heading in for between 6 & 7.

I went to Alexandra Palace when he was performing there, it was a top gig. But the great mans voice is going. I watched his performance at BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend and it was underwhelming as he struggled to project his vocals in a huge, outdoor arena.

Regardless, with Liam, it has never really been about his vocals and more about the performance. He is the greatest front man of my generation and I am buzzing for today.



Arsenal fans get the result they deserve

I did not go last night.

It had nothing to do with it being a dead rubber in Europe’s second tier competition. Instead I went to see an Oasis tribute act at Alexandra Palace. They were average.

Looking at the result and reading some reports, Arsenal were well worth their 6 goals to nothing result. The fans who turned up to watch the Arsenal got the victory and performance they deserved.

I imagine a lot will be written today by the media about the missing Arsenal fans last night.

The club released an official attendance figure of 54,648. As everyone knows, this is the figure of sold tickets, rather than fans through the turnstiles. Fans like myself, with a season ticket who had pre-paid for yesterdays game but did not turn up, are included in that figure of 54,648.

Anyone who has seen any pictures of the game yesterday – or watched on TV, will see that the figure was no where near the 54,648 mark. The ground was barely half full.

The media will use this to bash Arsenal. Like always they will ignore that Spurs, who won the Record Premier League Attendance Trophy earlier this season, played in front of a half full Wembley on Wednesday for their dead rubber in the Champions League.

But enough about attendances.

I have not seen the game last night, so I do not know about the performance, but at 6-0, the fans who did get themselves out on a cold Thursday night in a meaningless game at least got a decent result to cheer on.

Unlike the bore-draw against Belgrade a few weeks ago, Arsenal stuck 6 past BATE Borisov.

Reading through social media, Jack Wilshere comes in for a lot of praise, and everyone seems to be back on the Wilshere needs to start bandwagon.

As I discussed last time we beat BATE back in September, there is a big difference between performing against the likes of the Belarusian farmers, Doncaster and Norwich, and being Premier League ready.

Wilshere has blown hot and cold in the performances this season, and a 2nd start in 3 days against Southampton will be premature for the wannabe figure skater.

We are more likely to see him start in the consecutive mid week games against West Ham – one in the league, one in the Copacabana Cup.

With Arsenal set to play 7 games between now and New Years Eve, the squad will need to be used to its fullest and Jack will get his chance to show that he is Premier League ready.

I am off to hide in the meeting room after just 3 hours sleep last night. Have a good one