Capello Gets It Right With Wilshere & Does Wenger A Favour

The media heralded the inclusion of uncapped players in Fabio Capello’s last England squad as the start of a new era. Jack Wilshere‘s bit part in the win over Hungary and his subsequent performances for Arsenal have not been enough to convince the Italian that the midfielder is the solution – or at least part of it – to the enduring problem of the dearth of English talent.

Whislt Keiran Gibbs is presumed to have retained his place in the full squad, in allowing Stuart Pearce to call Wilshere into the Under-21s, where he will be accompanied by Henri Lansbury, Capello has done Arsene a huge favour. Two Premier League games have seen the performances of the youngster scrutinised and generally, well received in the back pages. To have included him in the full squad for next month’s double header of Euro2012 qualifiers would have allowed that momentum to have continued. As it is Wilshere will be stepping out of the limelight at the national level, easing the attention away from him as he descends to the Arsenal bench with the return of the captain and other first team players to full fitness.

It is not inconceivable that Wilshere could remain in the starting line-up for Arsenal but highly unlikely. Fabregas will return at Blackburn in all likelihood and with Song reverting to his defensive midfield role following the completion of Koscielny’s suspension, Wilshere is the obvious candidate to make way, probably with Rosicky in view of the expected physical nature of the fixture.

Wilshere needs to be allowed to develop at his own pace, deflecting the weight of expectation will be Wenger’s key task. English football is desperate for a new hero to emerge from the ashes of the burnt hopes of South Africa. There are precious few in the professional game playing in the Premier League who have not already been given, and blown, their chance. Arsenal’s midfield is probably the best technically for any player to learn the accuracy of passing and swiftness of movement needed for the national team to be successful.

Wilshere has a big season ahead of him and has already seen two of his peers succumb to injury for varying lengths of time. He will know that his time will come again for the first team with the Champions League group phase to commence, it will be soon as Arsene rotates the squad to keep players fit and adapt to the demands of the fixture list.

Sebastien Squillaci has still not been announced as an Arsenal player, despite Sevilla confirming the fee was agreed and the player telling the world that this is his destiny calling. Presumably the delay is due to the required paperwork not being received from the Spanish FA at the Premier League but no doubt it will arrive soon. Perhaps today is Wenger’s deadline for including the French international in the squad for the rough and tumble at Ewood Park?

Meanwhile the sale of Javier Mascherano seems to be filling the hole in the Liverpool bank balance for a week or two, making it unlikely that Pepe Reina will be moving to Arsenal this summer. Not that I expected him to anyway with Mark Schwarzer still the media darling on that score. Interestingly, the Australian is splitting the support: those who want a world-class goalkeeper – which Schwarzer is not –  or no-one, and those who want anyone but Fabianski and Almunia.

It is a curious state of affairs since the usual clamour is for Wenger to sign world-class players so why would people accept second best in a player who is well outside of the manager’s usual age range. The rationale behind signing the Fulham ‘keeper is sound in that he would allow Szczesny to progress to the first team and not in dispute but all summer the clamour has been for players who have shone at the World Cup so why now is there an acceptance for a player who is no better than that which we already have at the club? Change for change’s sake is not generally an answer to any problems.

’til Tomorrow.

238 thoughts on “Capello Gets It Right With Wilshere & Does Wenger A Favour

  1. “I think part of the solution is for us to score more goals and be clinical in attack. By doing this, we will relieve the pressure from the defence and the keeper.” Darius at … erm earlier.

    Very very true and also makes more of a spectacle for us football loving cats. I’m risking the wrath of bill saying that though aren’t I.

    Could this be 3 in a row…

  2. Yes it was.

    Oo that’s 4 now. This is getting embarrassing. I’m off. Is anybody out there.

    Come on you Young Boys.

  3. ELS – you forget – our current CB 4 + Nordveit + Song is a solid back 5 for at least the next 8 years. That’s before even Bartley and Miquele get a peak.

    I thin
    One way I wlways see our defenders is that they’re all ball playing defenders who are capable of starting attacks and playing the ball out while joining in the play. They’re not just hoofball row z specialists – you know the kind of neanderthal 6 ft 7 wardrobes that folk say we need to solve our defensive problems.

  4. Does anyone know which Arsenal players actually use Twitter? There’s a host of fake Chamakhs and the club confirmed that the Aaron Ramsey account was fake around the time of his injury.

  5. I don’t think responding to thuggery or physical attempts at bullying play equals thuggery. The two strategies people mention aren’t mutually exclusive. We can try to be more efficient and clinical in scoring and keeping possession to take pressure off the defense. At the same time, good team defense, communication and organisation at the back, and some physical play to rough tactics on set-pieces, corners and crosses wouldn’t be unwelcome.

    A lot of people point to our teams in the late 90’s and early 2000’s–those guys were technical players with great skill and attacking prowess, but also could take care of themselves in the scrum.

    Why not develop both sides to our game? Even if it doesn’t come naturally to our squad, this sort of defensive strategy could be inculcated specifically for those restarts of play in and around our box.

    COYB!!! (Come on Young Boys!!!)

  6. i think walcott has..because hes english i doubt many foreigners are into that kind of thing, vinceives

  7. so, tottenham are on their way thanks to some cheating.

    Ooh how i hope they get real madrid and inter in the groups.

  8. I can’t watch.

    Limestone, while I would hate for us to be a team that always used thug tactics. I don’t mind the team being a bit more solid as in, standing up to the odd knock and giving the blackburns something to think about themselves, but only if it was secondary to our stunning one touch Rosicky style play.

  9. the way accrington play is more attractive then tottenham ffs, i would much rather watch that match, or kyiv vs ajax..been a long time for ajax, and probably would be nice for vermaelen to know his old club is back in the big time..

  10. “I don’t think responding to thuggery or physical attempts at bullying play equals thuggery. The two strategies people mention aren’t mutually exclusive. We can try to be more efficient and clinical in scoring and keeping possession to take pressure off the defense. At the same time, good team defense, communication and organisation at the back, and some physical play to rough tactics on set-pieces, corners and crosses wouldn’t be unwelcome.”

    Limestonegunner

    Well said, This is the point I was trying to get across.

  11. I think it was pretty close between his upper arm and shoulder by Defoe, but i’m surprised it wasn’t a free kick.

  12. S-G bob,

    I demand there be a vote by all the members of the team before your self-proclaimed coup is enshrined into ACLF law.
    ¸
    Otherwise it`s to the jungle we go.

  13. Also could you ever imagine a scenario where a player would be in pain to the point where they ask to be subbed and Wenger would simply give them a thumbs up and leave them on?! Strokeface really angers me.

  14. Maria – Are you sure you want to go to the jungle with Ragamuffin Shotta?

    PaulN/G4E – Cue some ragamuffin music, not the soft lovers-rock ting.

  15. paul n, im afraid theres no hope of YB getting back into this. Plleeeease let tottenham get drawn with barca or real madrid.. cant wait.

  16. Its over for sure Zap. They had a lot of chances to demoralize the Spurs in the firstt leg and they let them off the hook.

    Well played to the….no I cant bring myself to even type it.

    BLASTED YOUNG BOYZ!

  17. If the Young Boys had taken their chances in the first game they would have been out of sight before now. Never mind. We’ll see how the spuds do against real opposition in the group stage.

  18. Passenal,

    Surely the ideal situation is for the Tiny Tots to get to the Round of 16, lose and then collapse in the League, miss out on qualification for next season’s tournament and be living on memories for the next 50 years…

    YW

  19. that DVD set with a memorial plate will be out on the shelves tomorrow to celebrate the Spuds one off achievement. The DVD’s title will possibly be “Kings of europe” or some crap like that.

  20. It was always likely that the Spuds would come from behind to do Young Boys , phnar phnar.

    Let`s see how they cope in the group stages & how it effects their league form.

  21. What worries me is now they’ve gone from having everything to lose to having nothing to lose, fuckers

  22. LimparAssist.. Yes I am the Rosicky videos “specialist” 😛 hahahaha … followed a link of one of my videos to one of the blogs here and I liked it 😉 anyways, I will try to fit one of your songs to one of my videos, but no promises 😉 as u said, it is actually like negotiating with terrorists lol 😀 r u a DJ or something? ur taste in music is similar to an amateur DJ I know 😛
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqwGlcroWGQ&fs=1&hl=en_US]
    u didn’t like the songs I used in the blackpool video here? I thought they fitted perfectly with the video :S but I actually not a big fan of both songs. they’re just ok enough to be in the video 😛 and if you don’t like it its ok. I get so many comments hating the music I use in almost every video. at the same time, so many people request the name of the same songs other people hate 😛 I can never please everybody 😉

  23. LimparAssist

    Yes I am the Rosicky videos “specialist” hahaha 😛
    thanks for the list, I will try to use them in one of my videos but no promises 😉 as u said, accepting a request is like negotiating with terrorists hahaha 😀 anyways you didn’t like the songs I used in this video?
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqwGlcroWGQ&fs=1&hl=en_US]
    I thought the songs fit perfectly with the video although I’m not a big fan of both songs. they are just good enough to be used 😉 r u a DJ or something? ur taste in music is similar to an amateur DJ I know 😛

  24. LimparAssist.. yes I am the Rosicky videos “specialist” 😛 I will try to fit one of ur songs to one of my videos, but u didn’t like the music I used in this video? I thought they fit perfectly with the clips although I’m not a big fan of both songs.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqwGlcroWGQ&fs=1&hl=en_US]

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