It could end up being more than the four Arsenal players who went furthest in the Euro 2016 tournament that Arsene Wenger will have to do without when the Gunners kick off the next Premier League title challenge against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium on August 14th.
It did not go down very well with a lot of Arsenal fans when Arsene Wenger seemed to put up no fight to keep our captain at the time Thomas Vermaelen from making the transfer to Spain to play for La Liga giants Barcelona in a deal that was worth around £15 million.
Just because the home nation France lost out in that surprising Euro 2016 final against Portugal does not mean I am blaming the Arsenal players Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. Far from it in fact, because I think the two French Gunners have acquitted themselves admirably for Les Bleus this summer.
Mesut Ozil sent out a heartfelt tweet to club team-mates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, who were part of the losing French team last night.
France were beaten by Portugal in extra time, thanks to a fantastic long-distance strike by Eder, and will have to find a way to put the pain of that behind them before re-joining their respective club sides in the coming weeks.
Arsenal are one of the many clubs in the Premier League and around Europe that have been linked with the possible signing of the Real Madrid and France international star Raphael Varane, but with the young centre back regularly being talked about as one of the most talented and promising young players in the world over the last few years I never really took much notice of those Arsenal transfer rumours.
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.