Still coming down from cloud HARRY KANE.
What a win.
I mean, we really are in a strange world with the England team. I’m absolutely loving the fact that Gareth Southgate has managed to take this team through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The Colombia game was quite something, they really are a very good team even without James. What I particularly enjoyed was watching our boys engage in the dark arts and not give a fuck. I don’t like cheating, but if you don’t partake in it, you lose out.
Outside that, to see our heads drop after a late goal, then go on and win a penalty shootout was definitely that next level Wenger was talking about.
Still can’t help but think we’re waxing a little too much lyrical. We’ve scored a lot of penalties, we’ve lost to Belgium and we haven’t really been creating many chances. We look robust, but I’m not sure I’d say we’ve cracked anything, bar penalties. I just think sometimes to footballing gods look down on you and don’t present you with Brazil early on. It’s quite incredible to think that there’s a very good chance we could attain a semi final place against a beatable Croatia. I don’t think football is coming home, but a semi would be an incredible statement by Southgate.
The football hipster types need to pack in the patronising Gareth Southgate love in though. It’s a bit embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as petitioning Harvard to give Lukaku a doctorate in Football Intelligence after that dummy the other night. People literally beside themselves over how likeable the England manager is.
‘I literally can’t find anything I don’t like about him. He’s a real football man. The most likeable thing since the conception of the Twister lollipop. More grounded than beans on toast. I like him so much, I think he could lose the next 10 games and I’d still talk about much I like him on Twitter.’
Honestly, get fucked with that type of carry-on. It’s embarrassing. Who cares if he’s likeable. Why is that part of the mixer? It’s such an odd thing keep banging on about. Roy Hodgson was a decent character, why didn’t people like him? I’ll tell you why… he wasn’t eyeing a World Cup semi-final. If Southgate dropped out against Colombia, no one would be celebrating how well he deals with the media.
Anyway, I find the way some of our media carry-on beyond the pale. The whole analysis that this squad is somehow special because they’re also likeable is an average observation trotted out by the sort of people who miss the football of the eighties.
Arsenal PR is churning out propaganda imagery from Arsenal training as they continue to really make hay whilst the Emery sun shines! I think it’s always interesting to read the message the club is trying to put forward. At the moment, for me, they’re trying to communicate that Emery is a boss, but he’s empowering others. You’ve seen Steve Bould smiling, you’ve seen Carcedo parading around the training ground booming instructions at players, you’ve seen the medical staff doing their thing. It’s the club trying to promote a united front, and them wanting to tap Emery as a man of the people.
It’s all very exciting. It’s odd to see a man other than Wenger rocking the training ground whistle. There’s so much work to be done over the next few months. But I think the energy that’s being drilled into the project is something else.
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Right, I am deep in the woods work-wise, so I’ll just leave you with our latest podcast. We welcome Ash, ex 5Live reporter, and we talk England and Arsenal. Dive in, it’s excellent.