Superb win for Croatia. What’s on today?
After yesterday’s glorious thrust and counter thrust of the Iberian derby, what delights will 4 game Saturday hold for us on day 3 of the 2018 World Cup?
Saturday June 16
France v Australia Group C
Kazan 11am (UK) BBC
Argentina v Iceland Group D
Moscow 2pm (UK) ITV
Main (Seal Flipper Pie)
Peru v Denmark Group C
Saransk 5pm (UK) BBC
Croatia v Nigeria (D)
Kaliningrad 8pm (UK) ITV
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is now upon us with the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia kicking off at 6:00am on Thursday June 18th. With so many games to watch I created my own WC timetable for the group games.
Here is a copy.
My personal level of excitement is very low but I love watching football and given that in Canada and the -5 hour time difference with the UK it will make it a little easier to watch.
The group games are usually the dullest with so many having next to zero chance of advancing to the knock out games.
England should advance with little trouble but as yet I have not bothered to see who in the final 16 teams they will potentially face.
Written by GunnerN5
You know the expression: “aim for the stars, and see what happens”.
Well, in terms of style, and more importantly goal difference, it’s only City that dwell in the heavenly kingdom above. They represent the lofty ambitions of all other sides in England. We know that some other side in Manchester will attempt to overthrow their neighbours by adopting a more pragmatic approach, however The Arsenal has been trained in a better school than that.
I know, we don’t have their deep pockets, but let’s get over that particular triviality and set out our stall to emulate the footballing ethos of attack, a lot, and score, a lot (their GD was 79, to the closest of Liverpool on 46!!!).
I just googled their formation and discovered that their cunning manager appears to deploy more than one pattern, and there have I been, cleverly or so I thought, building my Arsenal around a Mesut Ozil.
Interestingly, that De Bruyne fellow appears both central and wider depending on game, and I also noticed how in their line up against Barca, they went for a 4-1-4-1 set up, whereas against lesser mortals in the league we often saw a 4-2-1-3 (4-2-3-1) deal. In amongst that 2 in the defensive midfield area, that clever Pep fella also used two systems there as well. Either the doubled up tough guys, or the one toughster and one more up and down.
In short, I’m now beginning to think there may be something in this tactical bollocks thing after all.
We have signed a man at the end of his career and one whose career has yet to start. Welcome both the Swiss fellow and the French chap.
We need to trim the squad. Starting with midfield, who gets sold?
One or more of Wilshire, Ramsey, Iwobi or Xhaka.
Xhaka? Towards the end of the season Xhaka showed he is becoming accustomed to the PL. He is a vital part of the team, a player who controls the pace of the midfield. He no longer gets red cards for stupid tackles but is more considered in his work. Definitely a keeper and next season could be a when we see his true quality. A big WC and his value will rocket. We need him to stay until M-N flowers.
Wilshire? His reluctance to sign his contract is worrying but should we keep him even if he is willing to sign? Jack is a proper Gooner who has been at the club since childhood, it would be sad if he moved on but his play is simply not good enough to get us to a Top 4 place. I ask this question … would JW get into any of the 5 teams above us? The answer is No. So, he has to go.
Ramsey? You know he is one of my favourite players but does he fit into the current squad? Not really. He is a wonderful player with all the attributes for a dynamic midfielder but he just doesn’t fit with Ozil and, for me, the team has to work around Mesut as it did around DB10. If Aaron hasn’t signed a contract extension by mid-July then he has to go. We should sell him whilst he still has a value. If he signs, and it is a big IF, will he be happy playing a bit-part? I doubt it.. If he goes, we will be losing a man who has scored two winning FAC goals. It would be a sad but necessary loss.
Iwobi? Has tremendous potential but can he achieve it? Can he do so at AFC where he will not, for the time being, be a first choice player? Lack of true pace is his problem because he has all the other skills needed to be a fine attacking MF. Another who could have a big WC. We have to keep him.
Would it be to the detriment of the squad if both JW and AR left? Of course it would – they are both International quality players but Arsenal are no longer a Wenger team and perhaps these men are part of our past, not our future.
I could be wrong but I very much doubt both will be at Arsenal come August.
written by Big Raddy