That is what I tend to think everytime I see a headline courtesy of Jack Wilshere.
The press are mean. Really mean. They know Jack isn’t the sharpest knife in the draw and they pick on that for headlines. I think that’s unfair. I’ve undertaken press duties and I’m relatively attuned to being twisted in knots… and it’s very difficult not to say something stupid, because when you’re saying something stupid, you’re encouraged to say further stupid things.
Now, on the face of it… Jack is correct about this Januzaj chap. He’s basically a passport refugee. He’s an international bosman. So when Jack was asked about whether he should play for England, he rightly said:
“If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English”
Hey, that’s fair. It’s true. If you think you’re naturalised after 5 years, you’ve got some serious loyalty issues.
Anyway, leave it there Jack… ok?
“If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain.”
Jack, we get it… leave it.
‘We are English. We tackle hard, are tough on the pitch and are hard to beat.’
“We have great characters. You think of Spain and you think technical but you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard. We have to remember that’
“The only people who should play for England are English people.”
So, that’s Jack for you. Not particularly bright comments. A touch on the stereotypical side… borderline getting into a mess towards the end. To be honest, I’m just glad nobody asked him what his opinion on Tommy Robinson leaving the EDL was.
All those opinions above are just a bit ‘it’s what my old man says at home’… but here’s the thing. Why do we care what our footballers think about complex issues like this? For me, it’s a bit much to sell in a player as English when he has to wait until 2018 to be considered English. But there you go. I know the Scottish would have no issue with such a situation. They’d have a new name and a kilt lined up for him quicker than it would take to learn how to pronounce Januzaj.
What’s amusing about this guy is that he might be going to City because he hasn’t signed pro-terms. If that happens, yet another nail in the ‘this job is too big for you’ David Moyes career coffin.
Off that subject onto something deeply important.
If that kit is the finished article, it’s getting a big thumbs up from me. That’s Linford Christie hanging out with Sagna, Thierry and Giroud at some Puma event. I’m not quite sure why Thierry is wearing the kit. He’s a Red Bulls player. If I were the marketing department over there, I’d be pretty pissed. So it’s a bit of a weird one. Sweet that he’s still wearing out shirt. What a total legend. Not sure who dared Giroud to wear the Arsenal hockey kit, but somehow, he’s pulling it off.
A lot of Gooners bricking one about a skin tight shirt. Here’s the thing guys… if you’re older than 14, you shouldn’t be wearing a replica football shirt. So don’t worry yourself. I couldn’t wear it because I have a UFC induced hernia that is still causing me bother. Anyway, it’s a very homo erotic shirt and I’m sure the boys will look great in it. I also wonder if Puma have released that picture on purpose. Social Media Guerrilla marketing tactics. I bet Nike are furious.
More exciting news is around Dennis Bergkamp showing an interest in coaching at Arsenal. Imagine that, being shown how to thread a ball through the eye of needle by the legend that is Dennis. It would be incredible. He’d have to be a coach and no more because he’s scared of planes and the flying bit. He’s the sort of legend you wheel out to kids when trying to snare them from their clubs.
“The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal,”
“At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.’
Oh shut up Dennis, we’re all blushing!
One thing you can’t knock Wenger for is his ability to create a lasting culture. Players always want to come back. Thierry, Paddy, Bobby P… Flamini. They all have a love for the club. That’s a special thing. It’s also helped along by the fans. Unwavering worship of our heroes. You don’t get that at Barca or Madrid. They have too many heroes. We really go all out with the love in. We’re getting that back with this side. Ozil, Giroud, Ramsey and Per all have songs now… we’re connecting with the players, which is something I haven’t felt for years.
All very exciting.
I’m running out of words. Last bit is on Sagna leaving in the summer. I hope it doesn’t happen, because we should have him tied down to a deal. If he knows what is right for his career, he should stay, not leave as we’re getting into a position where we can actually compete.
Right, that’s me done. Over to you.