MERCI ARSÈNE! After 22 years at the Arsenal healm, Arsène Wenger…

MERCI ARSÈNE!
After 22 years at the Arsenal healm, Arsène Wenger confirmed he will be departing the club at the end of this season. Certainly an end of an era.

Wengers Record:
• 3 Premier League titles
• 7 FA Cups
• 7 FA Community Shields
• 1 Invincible Season

WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST ENGLISH CENTRE MID? Cast…

WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST ENGLISH CENTRE MID?

Cast your mind back 10 years ago, England had the midfield options of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry. Now England have the likes of Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook for the picking. But who is England’s current best central midfielder?

With exclusion to the likes of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Adam Lallana, as these players play far more attacking roles in the midfield. But the three players we look at are Jack Wilshere, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Who is the best player, leader and in better form.

We start with Jack Wilshere, a former wonderkid that came through the Arsenal youth ranks, but in recent years he has been an inconsistent performer and has picked up the tag as an injury prone player. He has been selected for two major tournaments for England (World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016), but these call-ups were not justified by his performance, as he was injured for majority of the time before the tournaments. However this season he has shown glimpses of the promise he once showed as a youngster, however is it enough to make him a starter?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games: 31 (8 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 2/3
Pass Success %: 86.2
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 0.6/0.3
England Caps: 34 (2 Tournaments)

Moving on to Eric Dier. One of the only England player’s to play outside of Britain, Eric Dier brings something to the table that both Henderson nor Wilshere have, that is versatility. He is able to play as a ball playing centre back, a holding midfielder or a box to box midfielder. Since moving to Tottenham in 2014, it is sfae to say that he has been one of the many star performers in the squad. His only international experience coming from a disappointing Euro 16, Dier is one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League and has stepped up in European Competitions too. However he has very little international experience compared to the two. But will this matter?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games: 40 (2 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 0/2
Pass Success %: 85.3
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 1.7/1.3
England Caps: 24 (1 Tournament)

Having been given the mammoth task of succeeding the legendary Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, Jordan Henderson also acts as England’s captain, as Gareth Southgate still has not a picked a captain. A consistent yet quiet performer, Henderson is both overrated and underrated, a player stuck between mediocre and world class. He’s made the Liverpool armband his own, but seems a far cry from the previous England captains. Having starred in three major tournaments with England, he is the most experienced of the three, will Southgate look to him as his starting central midfielder?

The Stats (2017/18)-in all competitions
Games:b28 (3 as a substitute)
Goals/Assists: 1/1
Pass Success %: 83.6
Tackles/Interceptions (per 90): 2.1/1.2
England Caps: 37

Stats don’t lie, but who is England’s best central midfielder and who will be starting in Russia? In my opinion I would take Dier, he would control the midfield from the back and allow attacking players to express themselves and have freedom. He is the better player out of the three for club and has been for the past season or two.

HISTORY MADE! Arsenal can take more than just the three points…

HISTORY MADE!

Arsenal can take more than just the three points with their 3-0 victory over Watford. As they won their first game after 3 successive league defeats, Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper in PL history to reach 200 clean sheets and Mesut Özil became the fastest player to reach 50 assists in PL history.

Which one was your favourite January Transfer Window…

Which one was your favourite January Transfer Window signing?

Aymeric Laporte to Man City (£57m)

Alexis Sanchez to Man United (swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan valued at £35m)

Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool (£75m)

Olivier Giroud to Chelsea (£21m + £3m in add-ons)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal (£55m)

Theo Walcott to Everton (£22m)