By Walter Broeckx
With the European chair throwing championship entering the last line for the elimination rounds time to make a roundup of what has happened on the field so far.
For me I couldn’t really give a sh*t about who will win this championship. But as I look at it from my Arsenal point of view I do have a few things I would like to see happening as it might give some benefit to Arsenal. Well I hope it could give a bit of benefit to Arsenal as nothing is written in stone about what the future will bring.
France and Switzerland going to the next round is fine with me. I really wouldn’t mind France winning this championship to be honest. And Giroud being one of the most important players would add more to it. I surely would want Kos and Giroud to be successful with France. It would shut up a few people about the quality of these players. Kos and Giroud are both enjoying a good championship so far from the small bits I have seen and from what I have read about it.
For Switzerland I wouldn’t mind them going out in the next round. Sorry Granit. But the reason is that I would like to see you at Arsenal training from the earliest opportunity. Certainly for a new player being with the team from the start is important. Xhaka has earned two man of the match displays I have been told and that is music to ears. Pundits in Belgium are talking him up a lot and praise him for what he brings to the Swiss team. So looking forward to see him in an Arsenal shirt.
Germany is a team that has only one Arsenal player in it this time. And a team who are often rather slow at the start of the tournament. In fact when they play rather below expectations at the start they are the most dangerous to me. They had tournaments when they were on fire from the start but then faltered a bit to the end. A final France – Germany would do me nice to be honest. We know Özil and he knows the team so him coming a bit later will not be the end of the world.
Jack Wilshere is not seeing much of the pitch for England. And to be honest… I don’t mind. He will mind but I would rather have him on the bench and fit for the start of next season than running around a lot. On the other hand I think he wouldn’t suffer too much from playing as he had a long rest before but still… if he wants to get injured let it happen at Arsenal or playing for Arsenal.
As for England what I will say might not go down very well with some but I’m just saying how I feel about it from my Arsenal point of view. I wouldn’t mind England making it to, let us say, the semi-finals. And then crash out. Too many Tottenham players in the team to make them want them to win it. Seeing the Tottenham players losing out near the finish would be a bit funny to me.
When you mention Jack you automatically come to Aaron. Ramsey is playing a lot for Wales as expected. I don’t know if Wales will get very far to be honest. Probably in the next round but then it will be over I think. I think they did a great job in qualifying but there is not enough talent in the team apart from Bale and Ramsey to get to the last 8 or so. Wouldn’t mind Ramsey coming home to London.
For those who didn’t like me wishing England success but not too much, rest assured I wish the same for Belgium. Too many Tottenham players around to want them to do well. But I want them to go further a bit to make their tiny Tottenham legs a bit more tired. Tired? I want them to be exhausted. But please don’t let them get the idea that they could win something. And yes this is the country I come from but seeing them all drool over the tiny totts during the season till the final day of the season and seeing pundits saying the name Tottenham time and time again when one of them touches a ball is making me a bit annoyed.
Anyway let’s move further on. Poor Tomas. I saw the moment it all ended. I changed channels to see how the matches would end when I saw him falling to the floor without any contact. Oh f*ck Tomas…. I really feel for you. For the rest I think the Czech are not good enough to play a major role in this tournament. I think Cech will be with us when the training starts again.
Spain might go far but Bellerin is their backup right back. Fine with me. Just imagine that he would play and amaze the world with his talent. Some DNA team might get some wrong ideas. Mind you as a big Bellerin fan for many years I do wish success for him as a person but as I said before: I look at it from an Arsenal point of view.
As he is still an Arsenal player I have to mention Szczesny playing for Poland. Well he played one match and then got injured and then Fabianski took his place in their draw with Germany. I don’t know if he will be out for long but I think Poland are not really one of the big teams who can really get to the end of the event.
And then we have the little fact that there is a completely stupid additional Copa America going on hardly a year after the last.
Ooooooooospina is one of the heroes for his country. Not only for his penalty save but also for some fine saves during the matches. He now is in the semi-finals and as they also play a match for third place he will be in the tournament till next Sunday at least. The good thing is the Copa America finishes earlier than the European championship so both he and Alexis will be back in time for the start of the season. I hope. I pray. It must be….
Let us move on to Chile and Alexis. After a loss on the opening day against Argentina they found their feet after that. And the way they defeated Mexico in the quarter final was amazing. Alexis has scored a few goals already himself and was almost always involved in the build up to the goals Chile scored. He looks in fine form and sharper than ever. Let us hope he will be that way for Arsenal also next season.
As Chile play Columbia I don’t know who I would give it most? So I would just say: may the best team win on the day. And whoever of those two who win the semi-final: go on to win the tournament if you will.
But to be honest I can’t wait for the day that all of them are back in London to start the season for Arsenal. Keeping my fingers crossed they all come back without any injury.
- Balotelli to Arsenal and the 62 players listed this summer as joining him
- It’s time to stop the ‘scum’ songs; it’s time to grow up; its time to stop the hatred.
- Watch David Ospina; man of the match and making an unbelievable penalty save
On the Arsenal History Society site
On this day
20 June 1998: Netherlands 5 South Korea 0 Marc Overmars scored the second goal on 42 minutes, and became the first Arsenal player to score in world cup final stages.