Friday, 8 June 2012

Watching Lewandowski while Arsene tracks M'Vila -Arshavin set to shine? -Mertesacker injured?

Morning Gooners.

After the last few busy days in Arsenal world, today is particularly quiet. We have got the start of the European Championships later and while I hate international football normally - perhaps it because there are too many friendly matches which our players get injured in - at least it's football.

Wojciech Szczesny's Poland take on Greece in the opening game at 5pm and then Andrey Arshavin's Russia take on Tomas Rosicky's Czech Republic in the late game at 7.45pm.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Poland striker Robert Lewandowski play. I don't watch any football from the German league but am hearing good things about the 23-year-old Borussia Dortmund player. Many have picked him to pick up the Golden Boot at the tournament.

I remember four years ago Arshavin having a great tournament and us going on to sign him. I'm not sure he was ever really on our radar prior to Austria and Switzerland 2008. But to me he was the standout player. I really hope he can have a similar tournament, playing in his proper position behind the striker.

Arsene Wenger will be at the tournament working for French TV. Quite why he needs to be working when he's paid £7m a year to manage Arsenal is another question. But I suppose if he's going to be there anyway scouting players he might as well take some money from the TV companies.

I've never thought scouting players at an international tournament is a good idea. And buying a player because he's had a good  few games is very risky too. I just hope Arsene is there to watch the players he's  asked our scouts to track in person and make a final decision on them. Like Yann M'Vila. If he makes it back to play for France following his injury.

I think buying players of a tournament who have not previously been on your radar is a huge risk. Players can raise their game and perform at a higher level than they do at club level. And then never repeat that level of performance again week in, week out.

You always think international football is the highest level of competition. That's not so.

Arsene Wenger once said:
"When you think of international football, you think that it's a level up, but 99 per cent of the time it's a level down."
Let's hope for some good high scoring games in that case otherwise it's going to be a pretty boring few weeks!

I heard some news on the grapevine that Per Mertesacker was struggling to make it back from injury for German but can't see anything in any of the UK newspapers today. Let's hope it's not true because we need him back for the start of  the season.

That's it for today. Have a good Friday.

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