I am well aware that in the modern global phenomenon that football has become, a great many Arsenal fans are not based in England. As we see from the readers on this one Arsenal fans’ website there are Gonners in every corner of the world and they feel the pain and pleasure that comes from following Arsenal just as much as those of us that are English.
However, these Arsenal fans abroad have no real reason to give a monkey’s chuff about England, unless it is because there are some Gunners involved. And the fact that the current England squad is packed with Tottenham players means that Arsenal fans from abroad are a lot more likely to be supporting the teams facing England in Euro 2016 rather than the three lions themselves.
Unlike me then, you may well have enjoyed the lacklustre and uninspiring win for England o9ver a pretty poor and Ronaldo free Portugal last night, especially as the spuds involved still seem to be suffering from their end of season slump. It was not good for England but any Arsenal fan not bothered about England should be heartened by it.
And there was some good news for the Arsenal star Jack Wilshere from the game as well, because after being left out of the starting line up by Roy Hodgson he could not be blamed for the insipid showing. In fact it was his introduction in the second half that changed the tone of the game and saw England actually start to look like scoring.
I reckon that Jack now has a much better chance of starting the serious games in this summer’s tournament and I think this would be great for Arsenal and our chances of success next season, as long as he does not pick up an injury of course.
Do you think Wilshere and England will have a happy few weeks?