Yesterday’s Brexit vote came as something of a surprise to everyone. Not for the political ramifications but simply we all expected England to be home from Euro2016 before Farage and Johnson duped the electorate into following their path to self-destruction. Or at least that’s the hysterical reaction the media want to put forward.
It beggars belief that the public school educated, former banker and journalist chancers, were able to frighten the unthinking into voting for a Brexit. The lies unravelled as quickly as the pound fell; quite why anyone would think either of them were capable of having a good idea, is beyond me.
You know the world has gone mad when the Premier League is the voice of sanity. Nothing is clear at the moment, they said when asked about the impact on overseas players, so we’ll wait for some clarity, as hundreds of employment lawyers saw an opportunity to make a quick buck in the media. And it was bucks; the pound has sunk so low that many of them asked for payment in dollars.
Thank god we’ve got the football back today. It won’t change anything politically but it quells the hysteria. A bit.
Plenty of Arsenal interest in today’s games where Granit Xhaka, being hailed in the English media as Switzerland’s talisman, is ready to face Poland whilst Aaron Ramsey is going to dazzle the Northern Ireland with his peroxide hair, allowing Gareth Bale to nick a goal and all the headlines. A bit like Johnson and Farage really.
Ramsey, according to Chris Coleman, is going to do “something spectacular” against the Irish today. The Welsh manager heaped the pressure on the Arsenal midfielder when he said,
All areas of Aaron’s game in this tournament have been excellent.
Positionally, he’s better, he’s a lot more disciplined with us. But when you have a player with that type of energy, you don’t want to restrict him too much, you’ve got to let him express himself and enjoy himself.
He’s going to do something spectacular, he’s going to use his imagination, he’s going to stand out.
I don’t think anyone would argue that Ramsey has been in excellent form for the Welsh and it’s interesting that Coleman chose to highlight his positional discipline. It’s a frequently levelled criticism of his Arsenal performances, that he opts to attack and leaves midfield partners exposed. That ignores the managerial input into the situation.
Wenger, a self-confessed tactical jazz musician, is only to happy to provide the framework which lets players express themselves without constraint. Coleman wants a hard-working performance, one where players know their roles and what is expected of them.
Whilst that overly simplifies the difference between club and country, it is, I think, the reason for the difference between Ramsey’s performances at both levels.
Against England, Wales were awful, except for Ramsey. He worked hard, hassled and harried, often without support as the rest of the team dropped deep and ultimately paid the price. In the other matches, he has again worked hard but attacked with intelligence. Not the gay abandon of his Arsenal performances but in a more considered way.
It begs the question as to where he will fit in at Arsenal next season. Granit Xhaka has shown his range of passing in the Swiss matches and has played with a quiet authority. It’s not hard to see why Arsène paid the money he did for the player.
Next season’s midfield will be an interesting combination. I can’t honestly see anyone other than Xhaka and Cazorla as the main partnership with Ramsey, Coquelin and Wilshere – in that order – playing alongside them, depending on the opposition.
Ramsey, I think, will be the main choice but to make it a successful triumvirate will need to be given more disciplined instructions; the days of devil-may-care attacking would have to be over, for the betterment of the team. And in doing so, the best of the Welshman may come to the surface. I honestly don’t think we’ve seen that yet.
Elsewhere, Islam Slimani of Sporting Lisbon is the latest striker to be linked with a move to Arsenal whilst in more believable transfer gossip, we’re reportedly slugging it out with Tottenham and Celtic over Fulham’s Moussa Dembele. No, not that one; the 19 year-old French striker.
And the son of Kevin Campbell, Tyrese, currently at Manchester City, may be coming to Arsenal.
Brexit? Business as usual for Arsenal.