Monday, 28 June 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Monday June 28, 2010

Little in the way of Arsenal news this morning. Perhaps that might have something to do with England being convincingly beaten by Germany in the World Cup yesterday.

There are pages and pages of match reports, opinion and analysis.

Really it can be summed up quite easily. England don't have the quality players to compete at a competition like this.

The players they do have aren't in general skilled and comfortable on the ball. And until the English FA have a youth academy on a par with the French's Clairefontaine, the English can forget about producing the kind of footballers capable of performing consistently at the highest level of international football.

I'm glad Theo Walcott had nothing to do with this. I'm sure he must be somewhat pleased not to have been involved in this organised accident.

And to those ask why Arsene Wenger hasn't invested more in English players, I think you can see all the answers available yesterday.

But what he and Arsenal have done is put millions into Arsenal's Academy and the next generation of English players who come through from Arsenal will have the necessary qualities to perform at the highest level.

Think Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.

It would be well worth England bringing them through as soon as possible.

Carlos Vela's Mexico went out of the competition with a 3-1 to Argentina. Vela was an unused substitute.

In terms of Arsenal news, Joe Cole will make a decision on his future within the next fortnight, according to the Daily Mirror.

From what I'm told, the deal to bring Cole to Arsenal is 'all but signed'.

And that's about it. If you want some more news to cure your Arsenal related fix, Robin Van Persie has been talking to the Monday editions of The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph about Holland's match with Slovakia at 3pm whilst tonight Brazil take on Chile at 7.30pm.

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