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Morning all.

That was an interesting first full day of the World Cup, so let’s do it in bits.

Bukayo Saka

Whatever personal thoughts we might have about this World Cup, for a 21 year old footballer it’s a chance to play on the biggest stage, and Bukayo Saka showed the world what Arsenal fans all know very well.

His first goal was lovely, nestling into the back of the net after clipping the underside of the bar, and his second was one he made look very simple. I don’t think the Iran goalkeeper or defenders covered themselves in glory, but it was a nicely taken goal all the same. He spoke afterwards, and said:

I can’t describe the feeling, I’m so happy, I’m so proud. We got the win as well so it’s just a really, really special day.

I feel like I’m in a good place, I have the support of the fans, I feel the love of the fans, and from the coaching staff and from my teammates. That’s all I need. I feel good, I’m ready to give 100 per cent. I gave that today and I’ll continue to that every time I put the shirt on.

I think it’s normal that as Arsenal fans we have some concerns about players at this tournament, and the physical impact it might have on them, but it’s also quite possible that someone like Saka can take another step forward in his already stellar development.

England were far better than Iran on the day, and what a player Jude Bellingham looks. That’s not news to anyone, obviously, but he told the BBC before the game he was saving his first international goal, and his header opened the scoring. Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish got the others. Conceding two against a side as poor as Iran might be a bit of a worry, but when you score 6, it doesn’t matter that much – especially in the opening game.

Old legs hinder, then help, Wales

The USA played Wales off the park in the first half, in my opinion. The goal from Timothy Weah was a smart finish from an excellent pass, and I don’t think you could argue that…


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