Saturday, 23 June 2012

Wenger's scouting M'Vila tonight -RVP's Caribbean holiday -Russian Neymar snubs Arsenal!

Morning Gooners.

Caught a bit of the Germany vs Greece game last night... boy what a squad the Germans have got for this tournament. They didn't even play Lukask Podolski - our great new signing - or Per Mertesacker but they still won 4-2.

One of the things I've really noticed at this tournament is that the teams who actually go for the opposition - attack them - usually win. None of this Greece at Euro 2004 malarkey. I know it sounds obvious, the team who put shots in on goal might have a better chance at winning a game than those who defend and try and take their chances on the counter attack, but there are some coaches out there who think the playing the frustration game is the way to go. It's not.

So Roy Hodgson, free Theo Walcott  from the substitutes bench in place of the "industrial" James Milner and   unleash Alex Oxlade Chamberlain against the Italians. Because England might just have a chance at beating them.

I'm really looking forward to tonight's game - Spain vs France. It's likely we'll see Laurent Koscielny given his first minutes at the tournament, which in my eyes are well deserved considering the two fantastic seasons he's had at Arsenal since joining.

Laurent Blanc might also give us Arsenal fans something else to cast our eye over - by starting Yann M'Vila in the French midfield. It will be a good opportunity for the Rennes midfielder to impress Arsene Wenger who will be working for French TV tonight. The Arsenal manager will be able to run the rule over the 21-year-old midfielder in the flesh.

Away from the Euros, Manchester City are expected to make a formal approach to Arsenal for captain Robin van Persie report the Daily Telegraph.

The Dutch international is currently holidaying in the Caribbean and no contract talks have been held with Arsenal following his country's elimination from the Euros.

The Telegraph report that Roberto Mancini has identified Robin as his number one target but the Premier League champions are not prepared to pay more than £20m for the 28-year-old who scored 36 goals for the Gunners last season.

Elsewhere reports overnight suggest that Alan Dzagoev, Russia's Neymar, has signed a new long-term contract at CSKA Moscow. Oh well, it was nice believing we might be in for him.

That's all for today. More tomorrow.

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