No, not so much.
Morning all. All the fingers and toes and legs and arms and heads are coming home unscathed and we can look at an international break when only good things happened.
As a club where not all the players go off on foreign jaunts and we don’t regularly challenge for trophies, we don’t have the same feeling when our players get picked for meaningless friendlies. While this may change in the future, one can only feel a sense of pride for the way that Gary Cahill performed in the international last night.
From my vantage point about fifty yards away from the TV with the sound turned off, I could just make out his face appearing a few times, but from the BBC website, it appeared that he had a fine game. The words composed and mature were used to describe his performance and he even managed a close call for a goal. Another criticism free performance in an England shirt and you would think that he had at least leapfrogged Mr Worf in the reckoning for the team.
After the match, another ex Arsenal player came out and talked him up. I’m beginning to think that something fishy is going on. First Parlour and now Martin Keown:
‘He is quick and never shies away from challenges. He played neat, simple balls without giving away possession cheaply. He reads the game well and has an awareness of when his opponent is sneaking offside.’
Martin. Mate. Mr Vinegar isn’t going to bid for him. We’ve been through this before. Arsenal don’t need him. You haven’t got £18million to spend on him anyway. Now, just leave it.
As for Cahill himself, he seemed happy enough.
‘I’ve got two other caps in different circumstances so it was nice to play from the off and get 90 minutes under my belt. I thoroughly enjoyed it although it was a little disappointing to concede late on.’
I lifted that from the official website who, for some reason, did one of their running commentaries that is usually thirty minutes behind the game. At the same time, the reserves were beating Villa 1-0 at Leyland. Whilst we don’t usually focus on the reserves on this site, you would have thought that the official site would pay more attention to one of our own teams rather than the national one. Anyway, here’s a report on the official Villa site. One hasn’t appeared on ours yet. Although one about the England game has.
Priorities people. Priorities.
Elsewhere, David Wheater has spoken about how happy he was NOT to have played in the third round of the cup as it would have prevented him from featuring for Bolton, a la Daniel Sturridge. At the time, as you will recall, the move to Bolton was on off on off and feelings were split over whether Wheater was worth the money being asked for. (Answer:At the time, no).
However, since the injury to Zat Knight, he has slotted in well next to England hero Gary Cahill and is looking forward to the challenge when Zat Knight returns from his injury:
‘I know Zat is itching to get back but having competition for places is good because it should make you play better. We all want to play at Wembley so we all need to keep our performances up to stay in the team.’
In another piece of purely unscientific research, here are the stats for the amount of goals conceded when Knight and Wheater have been playing in the league.
Knight has conceded 37 goals in 27 Premier League games.
Wheater has conceded 4 goals in 4 games.
This, therefore, makes Wheater the better defender.
Told you I had a degree. Granted, it’s an arts degree, but it’s still a degree.
Until tomorrow, Nunquam Otio Torpebat, as they say at my old school.