Friday, 29 June 2012

Podolski disappoints in Wenger's eyes -PSG want RVP -Arsenal quoted £28m for Martínez

Morning Gooners.

What a difference a day makes. After 120 minutes of laborious football on Wednesday night, last night's game was anything but. There was excitement from start to finish, mainly caused by Mario Balotelli. And at the end if could have gone to extra time had Germany got their act together.

In the end though, I think the better team won. Balotelli's second goal was a superb strike. I can't believe how many of the German players had an off night. You didn't see hardly anything from the likes of Schweinsteiger or Gomez.

As for Lukas Podolski, the semi final will be one match he'll want to forget. I thought he had a bright start after being recalled to the team having sat out the quarter final against Greece. But he didn't seem to get involved in the game. His passing was good, but from a forward player you want more in the box and he didn't have an attempt on goal prior to his half time substitution.

Even Arsene Wenger, working for French TV, said that only Ozil was playing to his potential. That's not something Arsenal's new signing will want to be hearing. Let's hope that Podolski comes back fresh after his summer holiday and proves all his critics wrong. He's not had a fantastic time at the Euros on the back of a very good season at club level. But then again, neither did Robin van Persie.

And it's to the Dutchman's on going transfer saga we turn to next as both the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail report big spending PSG are back in the race to sign our captain because Manchester City are stalling on making their bid.

The Paris club believed they didn't stand a chance with City involved and thought Robin's move to the north west was a done deal. But after weeks of waiting to see whether the Premier League champions would make a move for our captain, the Parisians have come to the conclusion they stand a chance and club director Leonardo has made tentative enquiries.

Whether Robin would fancy playing in the French league is another thing. But it seems the race for his signature is hotting up.

Elsewhere, it seems our move for Javi Martínez is over before it's begun with his club Athletic Bilbao stating they won't accept less than the £28 million fee stipulated in the player's release clause for the defender-cum-midfielder.

It seems we're back to the drawing board in our search for a defensive midfielder.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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