Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny helped their France side to reach the European Championship final. Les Bleus overcome a strong Germany side last night, in order to set-up a match against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Sunday.
There were some reports in the football media this week that suggested that the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud could miss the Euro 2016 semi-final with Germany tonight after the big man picked up a minor knee problem in training, but he is clearly fit enough for the starting line up named by Didier Deschamps.
While the only Arsenal player that might have been on show in the first of the Euro 2016 semi-final clashes will have to watch from the sidelines after Aaron Ramsey picked up his second yellow card of the tournament as Wales kept their dream summer going with that wonderful win over Belgium, the second semi-final is likely to see Arsenal players starting for both teams.
As every Arsenal fan knows it is the Germany international star Mesut Ozil who is the undisputed champion of the assist, and not just at Arsenal because his 19 in the Premier League was the most of any player from Europe’s top leagues. Germany will be hoping that the Gunner is in a similar sort of mood for his country today as England found out to their cost that Slovakia can be extremely hard to break down.
The new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka will surely be feeling gutted today after Switzerland were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Poland, especially as it was his missed penalty in the shoot out that made the difference. He became the second Arsenal star after the Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech to exit the tournament and there could be more today, although France and the Arsenal pair of Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud are strong favourites to go through against the plucky Republic of Ireland team.
Unless the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud is dropped from the starting line-up by the France boss Didier Deschamps tonight, there will be three Arsenal stars on show as the French take on Switzerland in their final group game, with Laurent Koscielny and the new boy Granit Xhaka sure to start.
To be fair to the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud, his goal scoring form for club and country since breaking the long drought in front of goal that was plaguing him earlier this year has been very good. And although the big man did not score in the game against Albania yesterday he was playing in a team that struggled as a whole.
Koscielny reckons Arsene is still the man!
All Arsenal fans have their own opinion on whether Arsene Wenger should remain at the helm of Arsenal football club, and whilst the jury may not be out just yet, it seems the players are united in their decision.