It’s quiet which is hardly surprising given the brief interruption to the league season the international break brings. There’s talk about the booing of Wayne Rooney before the England game which is just nonsensical. The booing, not the talk.
There’s talk about how Gareth – that’s Mister Southgate to you sonny – is ‘hard’ enough to drop Wazza. If he needs to and if Wayne says it’s alright to do so. Probably because Colleen wants him to look after the kids whilst she goes shopping.
There’s talk about agents, corruption and lies and more talk about the FA talking about doing something about it.
But there’s very little football talk. Proper football talk. Everything at the moment is the periphery. What we need is some lower league lunacy, some proper football madness. And right on cue, the Guardian’s Knowledge column for this one.
The first question is why anyone is recording this at all but also with what seems to be a tripod-mounted camera. The soundtrack will be conversations familiar to millions around the world. The lunacy really takes hold when the referee completely ignores the Laws of the Game to allow the free kick to be taken?
Brilliant stuff, with a bit of Godwin’s Law thrown in for good measure.
But the bigger question is why is the match being recorded. No disrespect to the gentlemen in the soundtrack but they sound a little long in the tooth to be hoping to make it to the pundits’ sofa. Still, if Robbie Savage can do it, why not? Perhaps that’s what we need to give the game ‘back’ to the fans. A bit of terrace talk from Match of the Day or Thierry sitting alongside Bert Eacock from Billockby to analyse the Arsenal v Manchester United match from the Emirates?
If you’re looking for Arsenal excitement, Alex Iwobi scored for Nigeria (again) but this one counts in the official records with the brace in a friendly last week ignored. Like Nacho Monreal, he’s hopefully already on his way back to the club unharmed from the ruffians of international football.
Monreal created Nolito’s goal for Spain in their 2 – 0 win over Albania last night. Created is a bit of a stretch but it was a very nice short pass to the goalscorer. I believe you stat-heads will class that as an assist. The lads up in Norfolk won’t have that word used; “‘e’s a good crossa ova ball” is all they need to know about the attacking instincts of their full backs. Probably don’t even like them going over the halfway line.
Kieran Gibbs arrival in the England camp was confirmed by photos of him and Feo in training, apparently having flown in from Dubai where he was on holiday. Which is nice.
Rob Holding knows which side his bread is buttered and had some pleasant things to say about Southgate in the hope that a few appearances for Arsenal in the League Cup will prove he has more to offer than Gary Cahill who, let’s face it, at the moment is just one second away from gifting a goal to the opposition. Handy in the Premier League, not so much if you want England to reach the next World Cup finals.
Which sums it all up. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, naff all. So on with our days.
Or you can always listen to this week’s playlist over on Dad’s Jukebox.