Yesterday’s games certainly got us all going in Arsenal-land, with newboy Granit Xhaka having a Man of the Match performance for Switzerland, Aaron Ramsey got slaughtered by the fans despite Wales’ precious win over Slovakia, and pundits blaming Russia’s equaliser on the fact that Hodgson took off Rooney to give Wilshere 15 minutes on the pitch.
Today should prove to be just as interesting, although Mesut Ozil will be the only Gunner on display, although his coach Joachim Low reckons that the Assist King will be crucial to his team winning the competition, and says he will play the whole 90 minutes in every game. ‘Ozil is in outstanding physical condition,’ said Low.
‘In 2014 he had a couple of difficulties from physical point of view. Now he is in a very different condition.
‘He has outstanding capabilities and his technical capabilities are of great value.
‘I’m not considering leaving him out for a single second.’
‘For some players it is an advantage to play abroad,’
‘I welcome this although Bundesliga is losing out. It depends on the players.
‘You can see Toni Kroos or Sami Khedira have both have developed positively in Spain. Ozil in England had difficulties in the beginning but now he is showing his importance.’
The Germans should have a relatively easy start against the Ukraine, but as we have seen there are no easy games in Internationals any more, just ask Low who saw his German team lose to Slovakia just a couple of weeks ago….
But now that the serious stuff has started I expect an easy win for Ozil and Co today….