Arsenal had THREE players in the starting 11 for England last night. Say what you will about the current project, but that is absolutely immense stuff. The sort of thing that makes local and international fans proud. It’s not like the crop of players we have currently are duffers, this is a team good enough to make the finals of a major tournament.
Even better than that? They all contributed. Ramsdale kept an outrageous clean sheet, keeping one shot on target OUT. Emile landed an assist and his first international goal. Bukayo Saka scored late on.
There’s a really good chance we’ll see Ben White in the squad at some point over the next year if he keeps up his levels.
Project Premium Youth is young, but these sorts of wins give it a bit of vindication. Hale-End is producing elite talent and the scouts/analysts at Arsenal are doing a good job identifying players about to bang.
The news out of Liverpool isn’t exactly marvelous for them. Mane and Firmino are two of the biggest names that might struggle to make the first team. I think in total, they are about 9 players down. They’ll still be fielding the best player in the world right now and they have more than enough firepower, but let’s be honest, this is a pretty decent time for a form side to be playing a team that’s in a patchy moment.
It’s going to be an interesting game. West Ham, Brentford and Brighton just went for it. Liverpool really struggled with West Ham’s crossing and Brentford basically bullied Liverpool with high balls. We’re not quite at their level in the box, but I think our set-plays are certainly going to be a big weapon of ours.
The biggest weapon we have? It’s our defence. They will basically set the tone for the day. They need to bring peak concentration levels, but more importantly, they need to go to Anfield and play with bravery. When Ben White and Gabriel step up and hold that line, it opens out game up. When Ben White and Gabriel break the press early on, it makes other teams think about what they are doing.
We caved against Brighton. We let Palace bully us back for a large chunk of the game. We cannot allow that against Liverpool.
Right, short one today because there’s not a lot going on in the news!