Monday, 18 June 2012

RVP ready to commit his future? -Podolski's quality -Walcott's crocked -Arshavin's wind-up

Morning Gooners.

It was the tales of the Arsenal strikers last night at Euro 2012 as Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Lukas Podolski took part in their county's final group games. Holland could have progressed is they had beaten Portugal and Germany had beaten Denmark. Goal difference would have needed to have been on their side as well.

But it wasn't to be. And as with Russia the night before, their game plan didn't work. They froze after taking the lead. Robin van Persie was pretty anonymous as he was pushed out wide to make room for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. And when Cristiano Ronaldo finally turned up, the Dutch had no hope. They are certainly a group of talented individuals but they didn't play as a team. They lost 2-1 and are out of the competition.

In the other game, Arsenal's newest striker found the back of the net. Lukas Podolski finding the back of the net in the 19th minute of his 100th game for Germany. An incredible achievement for someone who only turned 27 at the start of the month. The Danes pulled a goal back and then should have had a penalty when Nicklas Bendtner was fouled in the area. Germany got the goal they needed to take them through to the quarter finals ten minutes before the end and that knocked the Danish out.

So both Bendtner and van Persie have no excuses why they can't sort out their Arsenal futures.

I've not seen any comments from either in the English press this morning, but I'm guessing they'll both be off on holiday before deciding where they want to play their football next season.

We know Bendtner doesn't see himself having a future at Arsenal. As for Robin... well it's anyone's guess where he'll be at Arsenal by September 1st. If either did want to turn up at Highbury House and discuss their future with Ivan Gazidis or Arsene Wenger it would be a problem. Gazidis is reported to be on holiday and Arsene Wenger is working for France TV at the Euros.

Who is minding the shop?

Elsewhere there is true injury concern about Theo Walcott's future involvement in the tournament. He didn't complete training after feeling his hamstring. If it's the same injury which has been aggravated that kept him out of the end of season run in with Arsenal, then his tournament could be over.

That would be an awful shame considering the time he's waited to play at a major finals. I expect we'll hear more on that before the end of the day.

Tonight sees the culmination of Group C where there is no Arsenal interest. Croatia take on Spain and Italy face the Republic of Ireland.

It's always good to have players tell it like it is, but I think Andrey Arshavin has over stepped the mark with these comments which are certain to wind-up his fellow countrymen.

He said to Russian fans in the airport:
"It's not our problem we didn't meet your expectations. It's your problem".

And finally the fixture list for the 2012/13 season is released at 9am. The early whispers are we start our campaign with a home game against Sunderland.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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