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Arsenal News and Euro’s 30 June 2012

June 30, 2012

Morning Gooners… Flaming June? Yeah Right!!

Well after three weeks of what I would say had been one of the better international tournaments of recent years, we now that Spain will meet Italy in the Euro Championships finals.

I’m going for Spain as there is so much to admire about the way they play and I find it hard to believe that their style has been questioned by some during these finals.

From an article in the Daily Mail:

If Xavi is a member of the winning team, he  will have one World Cup, two European Championships, three European Cups, six La  Liga titles and two Spanish Cups.

Five Spanish players – Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets,  Iniesta and  Sergio Ramos – have exceeded the 320 passes the 33-year-old has so far completed. The team that started against Portugal in the  semi-final boasted 59 major club trophies and 16 international  trophies,

It has been 900 minutes since Spain conceded a goal in the knockout stages of a major tournament, dating back to the  quarter-final of Euro 2008, and in these finals they have conceded only one goal – to  Italy in their opening game.

In their last two games combined – the  quarter-final against France and the last-four meeting with Portugal – Casillas  has faced one shot on target. A staggering statistic and something that   certainly highlights the benefit of being able to keep the ball.

Spain are a super football team of an era and should they win tomorrow night will become the first team to win three major international tournaments on the spin. They counted them all out and they have now counted them all back, as all AFC players have been eliminated from the competition. The last to go the BFG and iPodolski and that was a surprise. Ex-Gooner Cesc Fabregas putting Spain into the final with the winning penalty.

I would not say that any Arsenal player was a stand out at the finals. Arshavin started well and fell off, and not sure he will be an Arsenal player next season. S13 did not cover himself in glory, but he is young and surely anyone can he has ability. Rosicky did his bit for 1.5 matches until the injury curse struck again. Theo scored one and made one against Sweden. Oxo got a taste of top international football, that should be good him. iPod and BFG  with Germany one played and scored one, but did not have a great time the other did not play at all. Robin Van Persie did not have the best of tournaments, scored one, but for me his team mates let him down and themselves. Bendtner bagged a couple of goals but for me showed nothing that he will not always be the same lazy player that has a final resting place of Stoke RFC written all over him.

The good thing is, it seems bar the injury prone Tomas Rosicky all should be back at Arsenal shortly and ready for the start of the friendly matches in the run up to the start of the 2012-2013 season. And we can only hope that with some of them, when they return it is only a short stop over while contracts with other clubs are sorted out.

As we see two new faces (Giroud and iPodolski) join the AFC fold, a word for the efforts of Mr. Benayoun, who has finished his loan spell at the club and will not be re-signed. Yossi did not get as many games as he would have liked, but when he was called upon he played well and showed plenty of fight for the team that quite frankly put some players to shame. Good luck Yossi, hope you find a good club.

So it’s seven weeks till the Premiership starts… Season Tickets renewed. Now waiting for Sky TV and ESPN to completely fuck up my plans for matches next season. Hoping to do at least seven away matches, maybe more. Villa, Fulham, Norwich, Reading, Southampton, WBA and maybe City or United. I will be taking my 11-year-old to the matches, so planned as to go to matches we are more likely to win and least trouble…

The club have just signed up another commercial partner, this time Airtel which provides the club with the opportunity to get its merchandising and hospitality into Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda. This is an area where Arsenal have supposedly huge support. Maybe Ivan and his boys are not as bad as many fans think. Slowly but surely the club are getting the commercial side of things sorted at the club.



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