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Euro Arsenal player watch 10 June 2012

June 10, 2012

Morning Gooners…

Let’s remember people this is the first round of matches. Teams/players are getting a feel for the tournament and some will start off quicker than others.

I noticed over the first four games that there was plenty of talk from commentators and experts on Arsenal players during the games so far. All in Szczesny, Arshavin, Rosicky, Van Persie, Bendtner and Podolski were on view.  I might as well give my tuppence worth.

Wojciech Szczesny The tournament kicks off with co-hosts Poland taking on Greece, a pretty good match for an opening game. Poland started the game very well, taking the game to the Greeks and having plenty of chances. The Poles went 1-0 up through Lewandowski on 17 mins with a fine header… Poland should have gone in at half time in a much more commanding position as after 40 mins Papastathopoulos was sent off by the ref for two crazy bookings in 10 mins as they should have taken a few more of their many chances.

Greece came out for the second half and played much better. Salpingidis scored for Greece after 50 mins to make it 1-1 and part of the blame must lie at Szczesny’s door for coming out and getting nowhere near the ball, though his defence should also be asking themselves questions as to why it was so easy for the Greeks to get through.

Szczesny was then sent off for bringing down the Greek goalscorer Salpingidis. Once again the Greeks even though down to 10 men were giving it a good go.  A nice passage of play saw the ball floated over the top to Salpingidis, who was onto the ball in a flash and just as he got a toe to the ball to go round Szczesny and make it 2-1 Szczesny catches him and brings him down, penalty for the Greeks. This gave the ref no option but to produce a red card off went Szczesny. I am minded to think that Szczesny took one for the team here. Had he not took Salpingidis out, Poland would have been 2-1 down and more than likely lost the match. Fortunately for the Poles the substitute goalkeeper saved the day. I think the Greeks could be pretty happy with their second half performance and maybe feel a little unlucky not to have taken all three points.

Man from Harlow’s view – People should not forget that Szczesny is only 22 and makes mistakes, but this is a good learning process for the lad. Remember the guy in the other goal was 38. Szczesny will get better with age and for now we have to accept the few mistakes.

Then we had Russia playing Czech Republic. This involved Andrei Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky. Arshavin stole the show from Little Mozart in this one, though Tomas did play well in his own right. The Russians were far too strong for Czech’s. Arshavin played in his favoured position and almost featured in every red Russian goal (Clive Tyldesley).  I was Shocked to find that the little Meerkat can actually run about. Playing for Russia Arshavin found himself back in his comfort zone, playing superb through balls, eye of the needle passes, running and dribbling the ball and causing all round danger to the Czech defence.  Little Mozart kept himself busy and I don’t think he had a poor game, it was more a case of Russian dominance that kept the ball from the Czech’s and hence from Tomas for much of the game. When Tomas did get the ball, he did as much as he could with it, but on the day as in 2008 against Holland the Russians looked the part then failed miserably 0-3 against eventual winners Spain.

Man from Harlow’s view – Arshavin played well, did more than any Gooner would have expected after seeing his performances for Arsenal over the last 18 months. However, I would prefer for me and him, if he stayed in Russia. I hope he keeps playing well and ups any fee we can get for him by £10m. Rosicky did enough for me in a game his team got taken apart, to show he still has plenty to give Arsenal next season.

Holland took on Denmark in the third game.  They were fully expected to beat the Danes. On show Gooners had Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner. Nicky B, tried to make a nuisance of himself, but in a team that overall played very well against the Dutch I did not think he played well.

RVP on the other hand though having a bit of a mare in front of goal with the chances that came his way played well in all other areas. I see how people look to what he does by the goals he scores now, but RVP is so much more than that. The problem for me as to why Holland failed to win and I would hasten to guess, many others was Arjen Robben and how greedy he is. The bloke is just not a team player, as showed in the Champions League final, the German Cup Final etc, etc… It’s cut in from left and shoot over the bar syndrome for the guy. He just does not pass and quite frankly I could not understand why he was not taken off.

Man from Harlow’s view – Nicky B, poor performance and no more than I have come to expect from him. He talks a good game and somehow manages to make a living out of impersonating a footballer, yet he ended up on winning side.

I thought RVP played well, just could not score when the chances came his way. Slightly miffed at BBC seemingly thinking that a player that had scored 44 goals for club and Country should not be in the starting line up, in place of Hunterlaar, was quite irksome during the game, every time RVP missed the cut to the bench to show Hunterlaar. RVP did not hide, he kept on wanting the ball, trying to create things for himself and team mates. RVP is a team player. The very fact he has scored so many goals is making some people think that goalscoring is all he is about and not looking at his overall contribution.

The fourth game saw Germany take on Portugal and new signing Lucas Podolski was up next. Having not yet played for us, this was a good chance for us Gooners to see what the lad is all about. Germany won the game 1-0 with a cracking header by Gomez (a good old German name). Podolski played out on the left. He has a good touch and looks comfortable on the ball. Lu Lu had an early chance with the outside of his left foot that was saved comfortably by the goalie. One cross that he had his eye on as the ball came over he fluffed due to maybe being in two minds whether to shoot of put back in the middle. Then he blazed over the bar from another chance after being set up by the goldfish.  This is the first time I have seen Podolski over 90 mins. I am not once for watching too much foreign football, save La Ligue Barcelona matches, so many will have a much better knowledge of foreign players than I will ever have.

Man from Harlow’s view – Podolski looks strong, has a good touch, typical Wenger type player and knows where the goal is. I think he could be a great asset next season.

So not the greatest start for Arsenal players (even those on loan) on show, bar Arshavin. Hopefully more to come. Mertesacker did not play last night and tomorrow at 5pm hopefully we’ll get a view of Oxo or Walcott playing for England.

Finally here I could not go without mention to Mark Lawrenson who in his desire to find something to say, mentioned that Podolski should play for Poland. Yes Mark, please inform all the watching public just what Country you should have played for. Born in Penwortham,Preston, with 39 caps for Ireland. There has been so much inane dribble from the likes of Lawrenson, and many of the commentators and experts so far on ITV and BBC.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Geoff Platt permalink
    June 10, 2012 10:52

    Just heard Micky Quinn on Talksport saying Bentner had a better game than RVP yesterday!! Why is it the pundits are focusing so much on Arsenal Players and not the rest of the teams?? Even Adrian Durham at half time said another disappointing performance by yet another Arsenal Player (Podolski) Has he kicked a ball for Arsenal yet?
    Its good to be a gooner!!
    keep up the good work

    • June 10, 2012 11:40

      You are so right Geoff. They (some of the media) like to think it is us Gooners being paranoid, but it’s not. They seem to just enjoy being negative about anything and it’s not always just down to Arsenal or the players. I just do not get this situation that has come about where people have to criticise for the sake of critcism. Robin did not play poorly ate all. Jonathan Pearce was fully expecting RVP to be taken off and this made my Son think the same. However, I kept telling my Son that he woudl not be taken off and that others would go before him. In the Germany match knocking Gomez and just before he went off he scored. Forwards do this at times, they do nothing, then Bang!! they score. Another day Van Persie scores two and is hero of comp so far. I fail to see how missing a few chances, means he had a terrible game.

      I love forwards who criticise, like Shearer or Lineker never missed the taget once in their careers or missed sitters. They themselves know how easy it is to miss, so why jump all over other players.

      I have no problem with justified criticism, but I dislike it when it has no reason behind it or justified and basically done to get people to call in or cause controversy. When Holland should have got a penalty for handball, did you hear Pearce talking about controversy, it’s what they want.

      I never listen to TS, well not Durham show, as it is a good cop, bad cop and someone sitting in the middle show, built around getting listeners to call in. They don’t even believe what they are discussing themselves. Just before they go on air, they choose who is going to be who and roll with it.

      Looking forward to Spain v Italy.

      Cheers for comment Geoff and enjoy resy of the day.

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