France have a fantastic record in tournaments played on their own turf, having won the World Cup in 1998 and the European championships in 1984, so it is little surprise that they are favourites to win again with 888Sport euro betting odds. They are just one game away from making the final again this summer, but they have the formidable obstacle of the current World champions Germany to get past first, so the news that the Arsenal centre forward Olivier Giroud could miss the match with a knee injury is a huge blow to their hopes of lifting the trophy in Paris on Sunday.
It is a massive blow for the striker as well, especially coming on the back of Giroud producing his best performance of the summer so far with two well taken goals and a standing ovation from the French fans in the quarter-final win over Iceland. Arsenal fans are only too used to injury problems hitting our players, so perhaps the report in The Mirror about Giroud will not come as much of a surprise to us Gooners.
The paper is reporting that our striker is not definitely out of the semi-final tomorrow and is hoping to come through a light training session today, but he apparently missed a training session behind closed doors with his team mates yesterday as he needed treatment on his knee.
Giroud will be desperate to play and the France boss Didier Deschamps will want him in the starting XI as their chances of beating Germany are smaller without him leading the line. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans will be hoping that no risks are taken with him. But how typical would it be if they do risk him and his injury gets worse and Arsenal have to do without him at the start of the season?