Sadly, much like England’s side midweek in Berlin, Sky rolled out their B-team on this week’s show.
Arsenal’s troubles was the first topic up for discussion. The Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton opened by rolling out with a collection of apparent “big-time charlie” stories which attempted to paint William Gallas as a player who revels in the spotlight. John Dillon (Daily Express) charged Arsene Wenger with needing to “lay down the law” inside the dressing-room, with Lawton piping up with a defense of Wenger’s decision to not talk about the subject in front of the media. Oliver Holt (Daily Mirror) argued that Wenger needs to focus less on Gallas and start attending to the bigger problems in the team, particularly a holding midfielder.
With all the “Top Four” failing to score this weekend, the panel discussed whether their untouchable status is fading. Oliver Holt credited Newcastle with a great performance at Chelsea before being joined byÂ John Dillon on congratulating Villa on their result against United and their challenge to break into the elite. Matt Lawton then tried to justify his claim that “all the top four look vulnerable this season.” Conversation moved on to Manchester City, the talking heads agreeing that City can mix it with the big boys but they often comeÂ unstuck against the lessor sides.
Lastly, riding the wave of euphoria, England’s World Cup hopes were discussed. John Dillion, touching on the “Capello effect” believes England “now have a chance” but insisting that judgement has to be reserved on this issue. Oliver Holt argued that nowadays the tops names are no longer untouchable, plumping for Downing’s inclusion on the left hand side.