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Euro Arsenal Player news 21 June 2012.

June 21, 2012

Evening Gooners…

Euro’s and the last round of matches in each group and this is my view of how the Arsenal players faired.

Russia – Andrei Arshavin… Started well enough against Czech Republic, had a half decent game against Poland and was disappointing against Greece. After the Greek match Arshavin spoke to fans at airport and said: “It’s not our problem we didn’t meet your expectations. It’s your problem”. Sort of what I was thinking when the lazy sod let Welbeck score the winner for not getting stuck in Valencia. I wonder today how many Gooners would have him back? No doubt the guy is a quality football, but so lazy in his play.

Poland – Wojciech Szczesny… Started in-goal for the first match against Greece. Had a nightmare. Was nowhere for the first goal and then gave away a penalty and got sent off for his troubles. I think the situation left him with no choice and he took one for the team. Did not play in the next two group matches and as Poland went out, we saw no more os Mr. Szczesny. Hope he gets over it before next season starts.

Czech Republic – Tomas Rosicky… Played reasonably well in the opening game even though Czech’s lost 4-1 to Russia. Started the game against Greece and produced a superb 2nd phase pass for the Czech’s opening goal, but picked up and injury and did not come out for the second half or play in the final match of the group. Some doubt over his participation in the rest of the Euro’s

Holland – Robin van Persie… I doubt even Robin himself would be happy with the way things went for not only his Country but himself in these Euro’s… Losing all three games and looking nothing like a side that reached the last World Cup Final.  Lost 1-0 to Denmark and RVP missed quite a few opportunities and good ones as well. Scored a goal to bring some hope to Holland when 0-2 down to Germany, but still lost 1-2. Then was not at the races when Holland lost their final match 1-2 against Portugal. However, though his missed some chances, I think his overall play was not that bad, much better than some of his team mates who should be ashamed of themselves for their poor showing.

Germany – Per Mertesacker/Lu Lu Lu Podolski – The BFG did show at all during the group phase as Germany won all their matches. Lu Lu though played in all three games and scored one in the last match against the Denmark, which was also his 10oth game for Germany. Looks a tidy player and let’s be frank here (Hi Frank) you don’t get to 100 caps for Germany if you’re not a player. Germany look the team to beat.

Denmark – Nicklas Bendtner – Bendy played in all three matches, scored two against Portugal though the Danes lost 3-2 and set one up for Local Deli against the Ethal Mermans. Had a good group stage for someone who thinks he is the World’s best player, but like RVP is now on his way home. Hopefully not to the Emirates.

France – Laurent Koscielny… Kos did not feature at all in the group stages as the other Laurent – Blanc, kept faith with Mexes. During the group stage Mexes collected two bookings so it looks for all the World like Kos will be in the French line up against Spain in the Quarter Finals.

England – Theo Walcott/Oxo-Chamberlain… England opened up with a 1-1 draw against France. Oxo started and lasted 77 mins before being replaced by Defoe. Did Ok in short spells. Walcott came on with a minute to go… It did seem to me a bit strange as I though we would see both Oxo and Theo giving it a go for the last 20 mins to stretch the French. However a 1-1 draw was not the end of the World and maybe Roy got this one right.

In the second group game against Sweden, England took a lead with a wicked cross by Gerrard and a fantastic centre forward header by Andy Carroll. Half time and looking good. Then within 14 mins of the start of the second half Thor had bagged two goals for Sweden and turned the game right on its head. In this game though Roy brought on Theo and within four mins Theo had stuck with a cracking right foot shot that deceived the Swedish keeper to level the game up. Theo was out on the wing looking for the ball, but at times his team mates were not passing to him. When he did get the ball on 78, he ran into the area keeping strong into the area, through two defenders and crossed for Welbeck to somehow, with his back to the goal, back flick it past the keeper for 3-2 to ENGLAND!!! Oxo came on with a minute to go as Walcott again produced a good cross that was falling to Oxo to grab his first goal for England, when Stevie Me decided to get in the way. Still 3-2 is a good win and England’s first over Sweden in proper competition for ages.

The last group game England beat Ukraine 1-0 again with a wicked cross from Gerrard and a header from Rodney. Theo came on for the last 20 mins and could repeat his previous game heroics. Oxo cane on with three mins left and did not really have time to make his mark, but all good experience.

So Arsenal have six players left in the tournament for the Quarter finals.

Thomas Rosicky

Laurent Koscielny

Theo Walcott


Per Mertesacker and

Lu Lu Lu Podolski


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