Back Gnabry to be at the World Cup; Martinez comments on United are detrimental to Moyes

Serge Gnabry Nextgen

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton all feature.

Serge Gnabry has found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between Germany and Ivory Coast, with Ivory Coast reportedly making the first move. 

Reports suggest that the Arsenal winger could be offered a place in the Ivory Coast World Cip squad and with that, I back him to be in Brazil in the summer.

However, I would be surprised if it was with Ivory Coast. 

I think the move by Ivory Coast with force Germany's hand in the matter and they will also offer him a place in their World Cup squad to pin the player down for the future. If they don't, then it would be short-sightedness on their part. 

The 18-year-old has the makings to become a World Class winger, and with Germany being his country of choice - it would take this one action to sort out his international future. If he doesn't receive the call-up, he will end up going with the Ivory Coast because for an 18-year-old to be offered a place in the World Cup finals would feel like winning the lottery two-weeks in a row. 

The location will also play a huge factor in this decision, the World Cup in Brazil is undoubtedly the most attractive proposition for Gnabry, as the next two tournaments are in Russia and Qatar. 

So, now it's up to Germany - let a potential world class player walk away or offer him a place.

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Also in the news was the comments made by Roberto Martinez over the draw with Arsenal in the Premier League

The Everton manager stuck the knife in against his predecessor suggesting that the draw against Arsenal was better than the win against Manchester United. In current form you can't say he was wrong, but it's another dent in the deteriorating Manchester United image.  

The image of United is obviously a big part of the football club, and with fans calling for the head of Moyes already then this comment won't do him any favours.

Winning at Old Trafford should be seen as difficult as stealing the crown jewels, and it used to be. Remarking it as worth less  than a draw at the Emirates, comes across as a bit of a kick in the teeth to United fans who are already frustrated by the constant jibes by other supporters. 

At the end of the day, no-one likes hearing their football team mocked and once the jibes start, the frustration grows and the fingers of blame start to get pointed. 

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