I watched the England under 21’s last night as that’s the only interest I have in English football, and it was a joy to watch Theo and his chums stuff the Republic of Ireland.
Interesting to hear know-it-all Houghton say that the Republic were the better team and the fact that England were three up at half time was because they took their chances… …Oh so that’s what you have to do is it!!!
I listen to the Glasgow Irishman on ‘talkshite’ sometimes and he really knows more than anyone else in football, funny though, he seems a little confused as to his nationality, his brothers apparently are Scottish! Work that one out.
I wanted to see how Theo performed, first of all he was played out of position, you know like his is at Arsenal, but what struck me was his woeful positional sense, he never seems to make himself available, you know running into the hole etc, I think if he watched Robin, he’d be so much of a better player, that has nothing to do with age, you can see he has talent and I have no doubt he will grow to become the hottest property in English football, but he must learn.
Anthony Stokes look good too, I hope we didn’t get rid of him too quickly.
The Uzbek appears to be doing yet another U-turn on dividends, which must leaving David Dein ruing the day he sold his arse to a Russian as a wedding ring, I can honestly say I don’t think we’ll see him back in any position of power again, he really has blown his foot off.
I think we may see Gilberto back this weekend but I’m not sure we’ll see the mad German and to be honest I’m not sure I want to again, I still remember how many soft goals he let in last term, and nobody seems to have picked up on that.
Finally I listened to John Toshack this morning bemoaning his ‘spoilt brat team’ – his words not mine, and before anyone asks why I was listening to the inarticulate Welsh spokesman, the gloss paint I used on the toilet door, had, in fact, dried.
Anyhow he said his players check into a fancy 5 star hotel, then complain that the noise of the waves stops them sleeping and he has to get them moved to another room! And he doesn’t like it. A world away from sleeping in your car waiting for the first tee time at Hainault isn’t it, so I never thought I would say it, but good for you John Toshack.
Which brings me round nicely to the player loyalty thing. First we had the Anelka saga, then we had the Vieira saga, followed by the Henry saga and now unless Wenger does a Toshack, we’ll have a Cesc saga, but you know, we never had an Adams saga did we?
Cesc, read the Arsenal Opus before you answer your next El Mundo or Marca question, because these constant ‘will he, won’t he?’ deals are getting very, very, boring.