There are many many Arsenal players going to be on show in France during the Euros, so we will have quite a bit of interest in most of the games. I am especially looking forward to watching Switzerland’s games so I can see Granit Xhaka in action. As an extra bit of interest did you know he could be lining up against his brother, who is in the Albania squad, in their opening game?
A few years back, there was much made of Arsenal’s “English Core” that was supposed to be the backbone of the England team for this generation, but due to mostly injuries they have rarely all featured together for Roy Hodgson’s side. In fact in the last international break before the Euro2016 actually starts, only Danny Welbeck started for the Three Lions against Germany, and Theo Walcott only got a run out with the second string side against Holland a few days later.
There are two ways of looking at this from and Arsenal point of view and there is very little that us Arsenal fans or even Arsene Wenger can do about it anyway, but to hope that the national managers and their staff take as good care of our players as the club would do. Or in the case of Arsenal and our less than brilliant record with injury problems and getting players fit, we should hope that they take better care of our stars.
From what a lot of so-called football experts have been saying about this Arsenal star, even this season when he has arguably been better than he was for Real Madrid and Werder Bremen and in the form of his life, you could be forgiven for thinking that Mesut Ozil was struggling to live up to the transfer price the Gunners paid for him.
Arsenal’s superb midfielder Mesut Ozil was looked at with amusement last year when he said that his aim was to win the Ballon D’or one day, especially as he had had a lacksadaisical season with the Gunners and was hardly considered to even be our best player.
Per Mertesacker has been the acting captain of Arsenal in the absence of Mikel Arteta for the last year, and he believes that he brings some organization and planning to the team, making sure everything is in the right place to get the team dynamics working correctly.
The interest from Gunners’ fans this week would have been on how Mesut Ozil fared. The Arsenal playmaker played a vital role as the World Champions Germany won a crucial match against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifying match.
Even though the Germany international Mesut Ozil came back from his long injury spell to produce his best football for Arsenal since Arsene Wenger surprised us all by smashing the club transfer record to sign him from Real Madrid, it is still fair to say that the jury is still out on our playmaker, both with the Arsenal fans and with the football media in general.