I was watching the Chelsea V Manchester United game with my Chelsea mad friend and he brought up a comment that infuriated me and resulted in an argument for a few hours! (A raging debate to pass the time!)
His argument is that Arsenal have no bottle and that is because we have hardly any English players. Also because of us, England will struggle in the future and how can England win World cups if the top sides have no English players.
I was angry with his comments because Arsenal having hardly any English players doesn't really bother me.
I couldn't care where the players come from who play for Arsenal. As long as they do the business for the club then I'm happy.
And in fairness to the England side, who could fit into the Arsenal style of play? None of them if you ask me. It's so obvious at International tournaments that England are lacking in technical ability. We try bless us, but for all our effort we fail.
Arsenal have a style of play that involves pace and technique, we don't depend on hard graft and long balls. England don't play our way and for me, there are hardly any English players that I think could get in the Arsenal side. And I mean Gerrard, Rooney and Lampard as well.
And as for the argument that England fail because of Arsenal, do me favour!!!
When did England last win the World Cup? 1966? Wenger took over Arsenal in 1996. That's thirty years in between. England won nothing in that time, I suppose that's Arsenal and Wenger's fault as well!
Look at the amount of times England have lost on penalties or just been knocked out of tournaments. Surely that shows that English players lose their bottle as well as anyone?
I hope that no-one reading this thinks I'm on a anti-England rant. I'm English and I would love England to win something in my life. But Arsenal are my true love and when under the cosh I will defend my club's honour.
And if you look at the big picture, Arsenal are really the only "real" English club in the top four. The owners of Chelsea aren't English, the owners of Manchester United aren't English, the owners of Liverpool aren't English. Arsenal are run by English people.
So in my opinion, it is not a lack of English backbone that is costing us trophies. It is a lack of depth in the squad and a little more experience needed. I coundn't care less if a player came from London or Lille, as long as they did the business for my club.
Keep it Goonerish....