All of the excitement that has been building in the army of Arsenal fans about our first summer of transfer did not go sailing over the bar along with the penalty kick missed by Granit Xhaka but it did effectively send his home nation Switzerland if Wenger is crashing out of the tournament.
High, wide and not very handsome, it was a truly shocking spot kick from the new Gunner but I am not going to be too hard on the lad, especially as his performance in general was another impressive and encouraging one. Four very good games for the Swiss in France certainly suggests that Arsene Wenger has done his homework and got us a player that is not only very good but also well suited to the Arsenal style of play.
Let’s just make sure that Xhaka never has to take a penalty for us eh?
The other Arsenal interest in this game was the Poland international keeper Wojciech Szczesny but as he sat on the bench while our former stopper Fabianski played and played well there is not much to say there.
More interesting was the latest look we got at the Swiss left back Ricardo Rodriguez and I must say I really like this attack minded young player. Apparently there is a relkease clause in his Wolfsburg contract tyhat expires in six days so we should soon know if Arsenal are realy interested or if it is all just transfer rumour stuff.
Next up is Wales and Northern Ireland so good luck to the Arsenal midfield star Aaron Ramsey.