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Euro Arsenal Player Watch 12 June 2012

June 12, 2012

Afternoon Gooners…

Day three… RVP will he stay or will he go??

Spain took on Italy and former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas started as the furthest midfielder forward as Spain went into the match with no forwards having left Llorente and Torres on the bench. A tight game saw both side play chess rather than football with each other in the first half. Spain had a few chances, though with shots that did not really trouble the Buffon. Italy came closest right on half time with Motta bringing a fine save from Casillas.

Di Natale then opened the scoring for Italy with a superbly placed shot. Three minutes later,  former Arsenal player Cesc took a pass from Silva and shot past Buffon for 1-1. The remainder of the match saw Italy make a few chances to win the match, but the best chances all fell to Spain’s Fernando Torres, one where he lost all composure and allowed Buffon to tackle him, then trying a chipped shot that went over the bar when he should have passed to Navas for a tap in. I’ve been saying for years, Torres once sussed out should have left to go back to Spain to ply his trade.

The result ended Spain’s run of 14 victories on the bounce in competitive matches. No team has ever won three major tournaments in succession, none have ever defended the European Championship. Fatigue could have been another source of concern for Spain manager, del Bosque, whose 23 players had played a total of 89,884 minutes in the past season, some 17,000 more minutes than their Italian opponents.

Croatia took on Republic of Ireland. The only Arsenal player of note in this match was Eduardo, who came on with four minutes left. This left me to think that four years after Martin (he’s not that type of player) Taylor, that Eduardo should come on in the 2012 Euro’s and who knows where the heck Taylor is? Nothing player and thug.

Day Four… RVP will he stay or will he go??

England took on France. Oxo Starts in the game. First half a bit of a nothing match, Oxo has a good run and passed to Welbeck but he was offside. The the old soft shoe shuffle by Oxo but nothing comes of it. Young is fouled by Evra. The twice taken kick is hit into the area hard and curling by Stevie me and there is Lescott,  Goooooooooooooal!!! to head the ball into the net and 1-0 England. Then Nasri levels it all up at 1-1 and that’s the score at half-time. Second half England did their best Chelsea impression and parked the bus to keep out the French. Nice to see Stevie Me diving for a penalty and not much being said about it (now if that was Nasri?). Oxo faded and was subbed. Theo came on with 2 mins to go. I didn’t think it was a very good game, however, now all the first set of matches are out-of-the-way, it should get better.

England other opponents in the group Sweden and  Ukraine played each other. The Ukraine coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 thanks to two goals by Schevchenko . Seb Larsson played for Sweden and thus meant that in the eight matches played so far current or ex-Arsenal players have played a part in every one.

So far then the best performance by current Arsenal player goes to Arshavin,.

Can the rest please step it up in the next round of matches…

For me the Euro’s is being spoilt by so much drivel being spouted by the commentators and experts. Cut down on the crap people and Adrian Chiles you are not funny so stop trying to be funny, it’s not working. Trying to understand Jamie Carragher? Subtitles please.

Cheers.

@Harlowgooner

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