Xhaka shows off his eagle + golden ref comment on new defender

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Our two Swiss boys had a good day at the office. Xhaka banged home a screamer from range on 55 minutes to give Switzerland 3 vital points. He celebrated with an eagle sign, a big fuck you to the Serbians, FIFA no doubt going to step in to punish him because they’re super hot on anything unless it’s proper racism. A bit of gentle goading about some genocide back in the day is sure to garner a ten game ban.

Lichtsteiner played his part, barking orders from the sidelines. I found this piece from a Swedish ref Jonas Eriksson on our new signing.

‘I have met several international players and to judge a person you have to meet them several times – and not just once when they have a bad day because everyone can have it. But I have met Lichtsteiner several times, and he is one of the most unpleasant players I met.’

PERFECT. Get me some of that unpleasantness in our side. Not because I like mean players, more because we’re a soft touch with refs in general.

There are some reports that we’re chasing Russian superstar Golovin. The 22-year-old has been impressive this year; we felt his talent first hand in the Europa League. Juve are favourites, but his current employers are pushing for £25m. He looks a player, can’t believe Everton aren’t chasing him down, looks like an Usmanov centrepiece.

In coaching news, Le Grove favourite Julian Nagelsmann shocked the world when he announced he’ll be joining Redbull Leipzig next season. It’s an odd move when you consider Bayern were very interested in his talents, but from a learning perspective, it’s really smart. He’ll get to work with Ralph Rangnick, who is a bit of a management idol from a mentor perspective. He’ll also have money to support him, a smart scouting network, and he’ll be able to raise a family with his lady.

The big transfer chases going off at the moment for Arsenal centre around Soyuncu. The Freiburg centre-back is going to wait until July to decide where he goes next. Then there’s Banega, who met with Gazidis this week. The Argentine, who has been missed this World Cup seems to be playing games. He’s working out his second stint at Sevilla, and he was upset that Sporting Director Oscar Aries left the club. Seems to me like he’s either looking for more money there or more money with us. So we’ll see how this pans out.

There’s a bit of chatter about Petr Cech heading over to Napoli. I wrote yesterday that we’d pushed our wage bill up a lot so far this year. He’d be a good one to ship off the list. Who wouldn’t want to retire to Italy?

Also, I missed off Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla off the out list yesterday. I didn’t do it on purpose. I promise.

Finally, there’s a great write up about Raheem Sterling, by Raheem Sterling on the Players Tribune. It’s rightly being received very well because now people are looking at this guy like a human. Every year, fans of football clubs grow a little. This summer, it seems we’re not about the nasty attacks the press perpetrate on our players. They’re our boys; we’re here to the support the, and the fans will control the narrative. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Tapping out early, but tune in at 4ish tomorrow because I’ll be on Love Sport Radio chatting about our amazing summer.

SPEAK THEN. x

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  1. Gunnergetyou

    Wow I have to say this WC is short on quality free flowing football but the drama and excitement is as good as I can remember. We’re not even at the knockout stage yet.

  2. Jim Lahey

    @Dissenter –

    Yeah its my opinion ha, he was poor all game, can’t remember but did he lose the ball for Sweden’s opener?

    Didn’t say he was a bad player, just not one of the best.

  3. TheLegendaryDB10

    That free kick was brilliantly.

    Interestingly enough, even though they were a man down, they did not look like they would lose this game.

  4. Alex Cutter

    “Obvious now that ozil isn’t the problem.”

    Interesting logic.

    Ozil plays, Germany plays poorly and loses. He sits, they play better, and win.

  5. Cesc Appeal

    Germany are better off keeping Ozil out of the team, the workrate in football now is so high that he really has no place in the modern game.

  6. Sanmi

    1st of all, they did not play any better today. They were still vulnerable to counters, opposition had chances to win the game.
    They won obviously it doesn’t mean they played better.
    None of the strikers had clear chances. They were all half chances and long range shots.

  7. Carts

    So what we can say for certain is this:

    No Boateng, (is Hummel injured or was he dropped?)

    Dropped: Mueller, Draxler (maybe Ozil again)

  8. Sanmi

    Cesc

    This German team has zero workrate. Isn’t that the reason they are susceptible to counters? Kroos or any of the wingers don’t track anyone

  9. Sanmi

    It’s obvious draxler is a problem. Only anti-ozil doesn’t wanna say that.
    I bet ozil starts next match

  10. Cesc Appeal

    Ozil’s new deal is the only mistake the new lot at Arsenal have made.

    It’s a pretty massive one though.

  11. Marko

    They were still vulnerable to counters, opposition had chances to win the game

    Playing Ozil wouldn’t have addressed that

  12. Leedsgunner

    I wonder if Özil will be tempted to retire from International football after the criticism he’s taken. Wouldn’t count it out.

  13. Sanmi

    Marko
    Yes it won’t, but it would have address chances in the final 3rd. The strikers don’t see the ball in the 18

  14. Jim Lahey

    @WE –

    There are a few I would choose over Kroos, Modric would be one, Rakitić, Verratti, Kanté, Busquets, De Bruyne. Thats my owner personal opinion!

  15. champagne charlie

    Marko

    Let’s not indulge your self adulation about being a football manager, there’s no blueprint in world football that works on a hire and fire basis with any consistency. Especially running Arsenal’s budget.

    I love how you selectively omit contextual details when discussing other peoples pov. Its precisely why I provided even more layers to an answer about Mustafi, because you’re a dishonest cunt essentially.

    I wouldn’t;t have kept Cazorla, point blank. I said if he proves himself fit to play for Arsenal then I’d give him a one-year extension. Why? pretty obvious, he’s a magical footballer, and the reason he isn’t playing for us is because he never proved his fitness. Not because he doesn’t have the ability. Just more fluff from you basically.

  16. WengerEagle

    Jim

    Wow you rate Kante over Kroos?

    Only player I agree with is Modric who for me is the best CM in Europe at present.

    Have Kroos at no.2 though.

    KDB plays further forward wouldn’t consider him a CM.

  17. Marko

    I bet ozil starts next matc

    Probably. And Korea are so bad he’ll probably have a half decent performance and then his fanboys will be proclaiming he’s back. I’d honestly be more concerned about getting Brandt more game time than indulging Özil

  18. Jim Lahey

    @WE –

    “KDB plays further forward wouldn’t consider him a CM.”

    Then I would choose Silva, just prefer the way he plays.

    “Wow you rate Kante over Kroos?”

    Yeah I really like Kante, but once again that is personal preference!

  19. TitsMcGee

    Germans look disinterested really. Nevertheless beat South Korea and they are in.

    Boateng has lost a step and they are all over the place.

  20. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Probably. And Korea are so bad he’ll probably have a half decent performance and then his fanboys will be proclaiming he’s back.’

    Gets us ready for the season whenever we play some dogshit side in Europa at home or some relegation fodder club at home.

    £350 000 a week, honestly, it’s alright for some, what a life.

  21. Marko

    I love how you selectively omit contextual details when discussing other peoples pov. Its precisely why I provided even more layers to an answer about Mustafi, because you’re a dishonest cunt essentially. I wouldn’t;t have kept Cazorla, point blank. I said if he proves himself fit to play for Arsenal then I’d give him a one-year extension

    I never said point blank did you not see where I wrote if he got fit by the end of the season. Dishonest cunt… you’re the idiot who wanted to give a 32/33 year old a new contract after being injured the best part of two seasons on the back of getting fit. It’s no surprise that you’d keep Mustafi on you’d keep him on after a poor two seasons and you’d have kept Cazorla after not playing for nearly two years. If he was fit of course.

    pretty obvious, he’s a magical footballer,

    33 and hasn’t played for nearly two seasons are you pretty sure he’s still magical?

  22. TitsMcGee

    I do think Ozil gets a bad rap but let’s be honest 350k a week for him(or whatever it is) was a desperation move by the club since we had already sold Sanchez and we mired in our worst season (table wise) in over a decade.

  23. TR7

    Sweden did an Arsenal today, shooting themselves in the foot. World cup is getting exciting and we are not even in the knock out stage yet.

  24. champagne charlie

    Marko

    If he proved his fitness he proved his fitness, a period of time without matches isn’t definitive at all unless you’re going to enlighten me with some medical expertise? Where did you get your medical degree?

  25. Cesc Appeal

    Interested to see the England line up tomorrow, we need to put in a good performance against Panama. Not enough just to win as we should be doing that, need to have a great performance to carry into the game against Belgium.

    I think Alli will be rested as he is carrying a knock, Loftus Cheek will likely get a run out, Rose will start at LWB and I would imagine Rashford will start as well in the 3-5-2.

  26. Marko

    If he proved his fitness he proved his fitness, a period of time without matches isn’t definitive at all unless you’re going to enlighten me with some medical expertise? Where did you get your medical degree

    I mean players get worse as they get older and again maybe idiots too strong q word but let’s say feckless fool if you don’t think two seasons away from football would affect a player especially one in his 30’s. A fool i say. Besides not really that controversial I think but prior to his injury we should have been thinking about getting rid. He wasn’t that great towards the end and he was never that convincing as a CM.

  27. TR7

    ‘Besides not really that controversial I think but prior to his injury we should have been thinking about getting rid. He wasn’t that great towards the end and he was never that convincing as a CM.’

    What are you on about? How many midfielders have we signed better than Cazorla since he stopped being ‘ that great towards the end ‘.

  28. champagne charlie

    Marko

    Again, what’s your medical opinion as I’m assuming you have a background there to be making those kind of statements?

    Footballers play at 33, curious why you think NO football for 18 months would harm his ability to do so at that age. Especially a guy that doesn’t play anything close to a physically dependant game.

    The rest is subjective nonsense you’re parading as fact. Many will disagree about how good Cazorla was/is.

  29. Gunnergetyou

    Ozil’s new deal is the only mistake the new lot at Arsenal have made

    To be fair it was the old regime that got us into that mess in the first place. It was either that or let him leave for free.

    That being said the latter option is starting to look better and better at this point.

  30. Jim Lahey

    Can do something that I am going to catch a lot of shit for??!!

    Player One:

    Total mins: 3941
    Goals: 5
    Assists: 7
    Shots Per Game: 1.6
    Average Passes Per Game: 81.4
    Key Passes Per Game: 1
    Pass Success %: 87.5
    Long Balls: 5.3
    Through Balls: 0.1
    Dispossessed Per Game: 0.5
    Dribbles Per Game: 0.4
    Tackles Per Game: 1.9
    Interceptions Per Game: 1
    Fouls Per Game: 1.5
    Clearances Per Game: 1.8
    Dribbled Passed Per Game: 1.2
    Blocks Per Game: 0.3

    Player Two:

    Total mins: 3401
    Goals: 6
    Assists: 8
    Shots Per Game: 1.4
    Average Passes Per Game: 76.6
    Key Passes Per Game: 2.2
    Pass Success %: 93.3
    Long Balls: 6.6
    Through Balls: 0.1
    Dispossessed Per Game: 0.5
    Dribbles Per Game: 0.4
    Tackles Per Game: 1.9
    Interceptions Per Game: 0.6
    Fouls Per Game: 0.8
    Clearances Per Game: 0.2
    Dribbled Passed Per Game: 1.3
    Blocks Per Game: 0

    Okay, which one of these players is second best midfielder in the world Toni Kroos and which is one of the apparent worst midfielders Arsenal have ever had Granit Xhaka?

  31. Carts

    This Kroos energy, or lack of, is a bit bothersome,

    I mean, did you guys really feel this way prior to the WC? I smell knee-jerkery sauce.

  32. Jim Lahey

    @Carts –

    ” mean, did you guys really feel this way prior to the WC? I smell knee-jerkery sauce.”

    I’ve held these views for a while now and although they may not be warranted its just how I feel!!

  33. Jay

    @Jim

    I actually think Kroos is perfectly rated rather than ‘overrated’.

    You don’t hear too many people claiming he is the best midfielder in the world (at least I don’t) . But is he one of the best, sure is

  34. Jim Lahey

    @CC –

    Ha! Stats are a funny thing aren’t they, I mean you look at both of those and would think those two players aren’t miles apart but in practice I guess they are!

  35. Coach 15

    RedtruthJune 23, 2018 21:53:06
    Who can argue against Khedira, Ozil, Gundogen, Rudiger, Boateng and Gomez all being gash.

    No one because their pretend Germans.

  36. Jim Lahey

    @Jay –

    Yeah once again I think he is a great player, don’t get me wrong. I think a lot of it could be down to my own personal bias on how I like players to play!

  37. Carts

    “I actually think Kroos is perfectly rated rather than ‘overrated’.

    You don’t hear too many people claiming he is the best midfielder in the world (at least I don’t) . But is he one of the best, sure is”

    I think this sums it up. What did Real pay for him…e20m? Not bad; he’s won 3 CLs and a La liga title too boot.

  38. TR7

    Nah always thought Kroos was overrated. The hype behind most players these days is unreal. Lemar, Coutinho,Ozil, Jesus….. pretty long list of overhyped players

  39. Jay

    Boateng really looks FAT. Was he out injured for a long period ? Granted I don’t watch the Buli but last I saw him he was still slim and fit.

  40. Carts

    I agree, Boateng looks quite heavy on the feet.

    He could do with shedding a few quid for starters. Besides that, he’s been shite. Bayern are looking to sell and allegedly Utd are interested. Hilarious if true.

  41. Barking Arsene

    Jim

    I’d say Xhaka is the first one based on slightly higher interceptions and clearances plus lower pass completion and key pass stats.

  42. champagne charlie

    “Lemar, Coutinho,Ozil, JESUS….. pretty long list of overhyped players”

    Let’s keep religion out of it mate, guy could knock in a cross.

  43. Pierre

    Jim
    “Ha! Stats are a funny thing aren’t they, I mean you look at both of those and would think those two players aren’t miles apart but in practice I guess they are!”

    Maybe they are not so far apart as people think …

    Maybe if you put xhaka in the Real Madrid side in kroos place there wouldn’t be a great deal of difference…. That’s what those stats suggest anyway.

  44. Pierre

    Leg end
    I agree belguim look quality and I believe they have a very good (and underrated) manager in Martinez who knows how to get the best out of a set of very good players..

  45. Nw9 gooner

    For the first time Belgium look good with all the talent they have -Martinez seems to have jelled talent with achievement

  46. TheLegendaryDB10

    Nw9 goober

    Absolutely. And that has always been the key. You need to have a tight knit group who work as a team. Without That, particularly in a WC, you end being found out. That was what I liked about Germany in the last WC. They were a tight knit and very effective wrecking ball machine where any misstep was costly…. cf that game against Brazil: they were totally destroyed by a very effective and right knit group of players who had only winning built in their mindset.

    At the moment Germany seemed until now to litteraly be a team going through the motions.

  47. Akilan

    Gonsterous,
    From yesterday’s comments, no one told anything about Messi carrying barca.

    Ashwin made a comment about Ronaldo carrying Portugal on his own and I tried to refute it.

    Three finals with Argentina though underwhelming is still pretty good though nobody cares.

    The point is Messi is not shite with Argentina. Ronaldo absolutely doesn’t carry Portugal, not even close.

  48. Nw9 gooner

    No doubt Nauer is a class on his own- months out with injury and a his best. No one near him not even Degea

  49. Nw9 gooner

    Ozil in place of Daxler and Germany again will be competing – mind you I am a great supporter of Ozil

  50. Nw9 gooner

    Messi vs Ronaldo -.two great players – will always divide opinion depending on who you like personally-.like YW said in his blog I will pay to see Messi play but will prefer Ronaldo in my team

  51. TheLegendaryDB10

    To re-iterate: I am really looking forward to next season. It will be unpredictable but it does seem that Unai is trying to build a team that will be cohesive and that will respond to what he wants tactically.

    The caveat of all this is whether it will actually work out or not. But I do not care. I am looking forward to see The Arsenal play next season with purpose: to try and be the best. It most certainly will take a full season for this to work out but at least we are trying which is always what I wanted as a Gooner. We have the means to actually achieve something like winning the league in the long run.

  52. TheLegendaryDB10

    Nw9 gooner

    For me Messi and Ronaldo are both legends of the game who deserve their place in the pantheon of the greats. I prefer Messi but, as much as I have disliked Ronaldo since his Manure days, I will always respect his achievements.

  53. Akilan

    Xhaka is a thick, dumb cunt. His biggest enemy is himself. Rarely seen a midfielder as prone to brainfarts as him.

    The likes of Kroos, Pirlo et all plays with their head, especially off the ball whereas Xhaka tries to be the hard man when he should try to be a smarter one. IMO he’s a pretty immature footballer and doesn’t calculate enough for a player of his ilk.

  54. Sanmi

    Regarding xhaka,

    I’ve repeatedly said it that I rate him. Wenger played him in the wrong role. He is a CM, just like kroos.
    A CM’s role is : continuity, distribution, metronome and long range strikes if the opportunity presents itself.
    Xhaka does all these well.
    He only needs to cut out his occasional sloppiness by being aware of his surroundings- constantly looking behind you when receiving the ball and he will be flawless.

  55. Pierre

    Akilan
    Xhaka seems to have learnt that he can’t just go flying into tackles and he is a better player for it though not the finished article by a long way.

    Pirlo was the master at the deep lying midfield position even when he was well into his 30’s..he always had the ability to find space and look like he had time on the ball.

    Xhaka will struggle to get to the very top level due to his lack of mobility in not being able to turn on a sixpence, which is essential in that role, so consequently will get caught in possession on occasions and does not have the pace to recover.
    His reading of the game has improved but can switch off defensively.

    Our new manager, I’m sure will understand the need for a solid base to work from in midfield so I can’t see xhaka not having support in the middle as that is where control of the game is won and lost.

  56. Graham62

    It’s Sunday morning and still we have those posters who continue to ridicule players who, at this moment in time, are actually proving themselves on the biggest stage of all.

    HELLO!!!! The cancer has been removed. Dera Lord, give the players and Emery a chance to work together and stop this endless pillorying of certain individuals.

    Just sit back and try to enjoy the WC.

    Amen.

  57. Rambo Ramsey

    Graham, you seem to be in a bit of delusion. Painting Wenger as the ultimate villain that has held back the club and players might be a comfort but its hardly the whole truth.

    Coaches aren’t magicians that have the ability to polish turds. Apparent best coach in the World Pepsy G shipped out half the squad he inherited because they were shite.

    We need to do the same if we’re to reach the next level.

  58. Bob N16

    Agree with both Rambo and Graham. Inevitably a load of players will be gone in next couple of windows but Emery’s ways will benefit some players who some of us have lost faith in and who others slag off relentlessly. Not realistic to have eight in and out anyway, that’s just PlayStation world. Emery will be sending a positive message to the squad that they’ve all potentially got a place in his plans….the culling will happen, but gradually.

    But every Arsenal supporter I know is excited at the thought of a fresh start and positive change. There are always people who live under a cloud who spend their time sniping but that’s just part of the human condition I suppose.

  59. Akilan

    Pierre,
    Fair enough. One of his most frustrating attributes is his one footedness. Almost every CM that excelled in that metronome role has a reasonably strong weak foot. Pirlo, Xabi, Kroos, Modric etc. IMO, the ability to manipulate the ball between both legs is enough in that position. Not all the above CMs can turn on a six pence. That role is played with the head as much as the legs. Xhaka can go another level with improved right foot but it is difficult to learn that now. Still he’s doing more than enough with the ball.

    Its his defensive game is where his right foot hurts him the most. His tackling
    ability with his right foot is weaker than Ozil’s tackling ability. When he stands on his left foot trying to do something with his right peg, his composure looks comical at best. IMO, he never tried to use/improve his right foot at all. Its this naivety that is coming back to bite him in his arse at the highest level.

  60. HighburyLegend

    Ozil putted on the bench – trully deserved – by Low yesterday.
    Let’s hope that Emery will have the balls to do the same.

  61. Brooklyn

    Germany, couldn’t get out of their half after Sweden scored. Long balls were all they could manage and Sweden won it all. So, if they struggle to get out against Sweden should see how they manage against other opponents. Gomez helped of course in second half and Gemany came out aggressively. Will they start Gomez ahead of Werner, or will they continue with Werner in one wing??

  62. TheLegendaryDB10

    Looking forward to the game against Panama. I hope the boys put in a good performance to boost their confidence a bit more.

    And I certainly hope that Sterling actually scores a goal to prove that his inclusion in the first XI is worthwhile. I heard that he has not scored for England in 2 years!? Is this true?

  63. TheLegendaryDB10

    The Panama players are overdoing their falls to the ground. Are they trying to red card one of our players?

  64. Elmo

    Great pen after all the gamesmanship.

    2-0, but worrying that England haven’t been able to control Panama, and look vulnerable at the back.

  65. Marko

    To be fair this group tells us nothing about Belgium or England’s chances of actually winning the world cup. Tunisia and Panama are that bad and by the time they play each other they’ll both already be through and will likely rest players which they should. Still fully expect England to lose against the first half decent team they come up against and still fancy Belgium to come up short. Not a great defence or manager imo

  66. TheLegendaryDB10

    4-0!!! We are having a party!!!! Well done Stones. 4-0 to England!!!

    Now this is helping out our goal average with regards to Belgium (that is if we draw them.).

  67. Marko

    Haley Osmon to pad his stats here. Only really him or Ronaldo going to win the golden boot cause all the other strikers haven’t really shown up. Diego Costa too

  68. raptora

    Harry Kane will win the golden boot vs teams like Panama.

    Players know about VAR why do they do shite like this Panama player?! They know they’ll get punished. Jesus.

  69. karim

    This World Cup is getting more and more interesting !
    How many goals do they need to set a new record ?

  70. Marko

    Unbelievable the commentator says. Might as well be playing against a Sunday league team with a disability. Total mismatch

  71. Elmo

    Tie breakers in group stage are goal difference, then goals scored, then head-to-head. (i.e if England v Belgium is draw).

    I guess you can’t really tell if 1st or 2nd is more advantageous. Depends where Colombia finish, and which quarter of the draw looks better.

    Belgium scored 8, conceded 2. England scored 7, conceded 1, so far.

  72. Dissenter

    You can only play the teams put before you.
    This mismatch talk is rubbish. That’s why they call it the World Cup. There will be lots of shitty teams at the group stages.

  73. Guns of Brixton

    What a day.

    Weekend, Suns out, barbecues out and England running riot in the World cup.

    Beaaaautiful.

  74. Bob N16

    Miserable Marko, 5-0 at half time and you can still find something to be negative about. Get some joy in your life…

  75. Marko

    Lukaku is up there as well. Because he played vs the same two shitty teams

    True but Ronaldo and Costa are obviously capable of scoring in the knock out stages against decent opposition whereas Lukaku has been known to wilt away in big games

  76. TheLegendaryDB10

    Boomslang

    Panama were and have always been total shit. Now C’mon. … Panama are really going to end up with a red card with the shit they have been pulling off so far.

  77. kc

    Didn’t think it was possible, but Panama might be as bad or worse than Saudi Arabia. So glad to have these nations in the tourney over the Dutch and Italians. Makes for competitive matches like this one. Hooray for fairness.

  78. Marko

    Miserable Marko, 5-0 at half time and you can still find something to be negative about. Get some joy in your life…

    Bob I’m Irish I’m more than happy and feel like it’s my duty to occasionally remind you English lads that your national team is a bit shit definitely a bunch of bottlers. Perspective some might say considering the teams you’ve played and how the commentators and pundits are acting

  79. Marko

    Didn’t think it was possible, but Panama might be as bad or worse than Saudi Arabia. So glad to have these nations in the tourney over the Dutch and Italians. Makes for competitive matches like this one. Hooray for fairness.

    Wait until the next one with even more shit teams added. Might even have Ireland in there… maybe

  80. Dissenter

    Argentina is sacking Sampaoli
    He deserves the sack just for leaving out Mauro Icardi for Dybala.

    I still have then beating Nigeria closely due to Messi’s genius.

  81. Elmo

    Just looking at the draw, you would rather finish second in this group.

    Winner of this group (if they win R16) likely has to play winner of R16 clash between Brazil and Germany in QFs.

    Second in this group likely plays winner of Mexico and Switzerland in QFs.

    Obviously can all change in final set of fixtures, and you still have to win R16 against Group H team.

  82. Marc

    Marko

    I’m English and I cant’ stand the bullshit we hear every time England play a match. The fact that Ashley Young makes the squad let alone starts should be a source of national embarrassment. They’ve played well today, the problem isn’t enjoying the performance or taking some confidence out of it, it’s when you begin to believe your own hype. Something that England are all to ready to do.

  83. Marko

    This mismatch talk is rubbish. That’s why they call it the World Cup. There will be lots of shitty teams at the group stages.

    How’s it rubbish they’re that bad. Swap England out with Germany or Argentina and they’d struggle to get out of thosr groups while Germany and Argentina would be putting up cricket scores against Tunisia and Panama. Some groups are fairly even while some are mismatchs

  84. Boomslang

    Increasing to World Cup to 48 teams is silly talk. Who are they going to include? American Samoa, Vanuatu, Seychelles and Bhutan?

    Please enough crappy teams as it is.

  85. alexanderhenry

    Brilliant performance from England.
    Unfortunately it looks like spurs are going to be very strong next season.

  86. Bob N16

    Fair enough Marko, your viewpoint makes more sense. I’m pretty happy as I’ve got Panama in the sweep and I’m looking odds on for the prize for the team with the worst record.

  87. Marc

    raptora

    Whilst I would never suggest any skulduggery in anything to do with FIFA you do wonder if having Germany & Argentina all go out in the first round with a couple of other “top” teams not looking the part would worry FIFA.

  88. TheLegendaryDB10

    Marc

    You should know that the media have an awful big part in this overhyping bullshit by now. Watching the pre-match punditry is cringe worthy at times.