Sunday, 24 June 2012

Giroud's medical -Martinez joins M'Vila on wishlist -Podolski talks up Arsenal move

Afternoon Gooners.

Well I'm sure like a lot of you, I was really disappointed by the Spain vs France game last night. I had hoped that we'd see two teams go at one another. But France played very defensively and Spain played without a striker... again!

We didn't get to see the best from either side. Laurent Koscielny started his first international game of tournament football and had a decent game I thought. Olivier Giroud came on in the closing stages and made three passes - not enough to really make a judgement on his future Arsenal career.

The Sun say he'll compete his move this week by having a medical and finalising the paperwork for the deal either tomorrow or Tuesday. While the Sunday Mirror try to make something of the fact Giroud has been pictured on the front of a gay magazine in France... a complete non story.

Also on the field was Yann M'Vila who had a quiet game, trying to keep hold of the Spainish midfield, which is difficult at the best of times. What we're looking for a player in central midfield is to do a good passing job, keeping the ball and cleanly tackle the opposition. But you can hardly look at last night's performance and say one way or another that he'd do well at Arsenal.

That's why we're also looking at Javi Martinez  - who was an unused substitute for Spain last night - as well. Martinez, who as well as being on our short list, is attracting interest from Barcelona, and according to the Sunday Mirror is now wanted by Manchester City. I hope this isn't another Juan Mata situation...

We'll have to hope that tonight's England game is more exciting than last night's efforts. As I said yesterday, I really want Roy Hodgson take off the shackles and go for the opposition. He's done a good job getting us out of the group stages with our defensive game but now we need to attack the opposition to win the game. One of the first names on the team sheet for me would be Theo Walcott and I'd bring on Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in the second half.

The Ox has revealed he had to cancel his summer holidays to Spain and Portugal and instead go to the Euros. But he's not thinking about his holidays, just England getting to the semi finals against Germany.

A great line from the interview he's given:
"But if I’m honest, it is still a bit surreal to me being involved in all this."
Thinking back to this time last summer he was still a Southampton player and now he's playing at the highest level of international football, at just 18-years-old. Quite an achievement. I think it's great that he is having a good time out there, playing against some of the best in the world. It can only benefit Arsenal.

If England do win tonight, they'll take on Lukas Podolski's Germany and the new Arsenal man has been speaking about his move to north London.

He said:
"I know Ars√®ne [Wenger] has been at the tournament, so maybe I will see him at the semi-final. 
"I'm looking forward to next season. I think I'm going to score a lot of goals for Arsenal and I have to say I'm proud to play for them.  
"It's a great team with a great coach, great fans, great stadium. For me, it's a very good move. 
"I already speak some English so I don't think it's going to be di¦cult for me to settle in. I'm looking forward to it. But, first, I have a job to do here with Germany."
He added:
"I'll feel at home because Per Mertesacker and two Polish keepers are in the team - and maybe I will see some of my new team-mates in the semi-final too. 
"I'm very happy to play for Arsenal - but it doesn't mean I don't want to beat England."
Like The Ox, Podoli is firmly keeping his eyes on the target, which at the moment is doing well at the Euros. But it's nice to read he's already looking forward to playing in the red and white Gunners kit this season.

Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has come to the defence of Robin van Persie who is taking a hammering in the Netherland because of his national teams series of poor performances.

We all can see who's the story of France's exit... Samir Nasri.

Finally some transfer tittle-tattle. Nicklas Bendtner is a big-money target for super-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala according to the Sunday People.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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