Arsenal stars set for key role as France look to advance

France host Albania today as they look to continue their 100% record for the competition, which would see them through to the next round.

Les Bleus beat Romania in the opening match of the tournament last Friday evening, and will be keen to seal their place in the knock-out rounds of the competition with a win tonight.

Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal of the previous game, scoring his eighth France goal in his last eight appearances, whilst also continuing his overall form, having now scored eight goals in his last five matches for club and country.

His goal was not enough to seal victory however, as the away side managed to get back on terms thanks to a penalty, and Dimitri Payet had to pull out an amazing strike with his left boot, to cap off his first ever appearance in an international tournament.

Two of the key players have been rested for tonight’s match, with Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba left out of the starting line-up, leaving our players Giroud and Laurent Koscielnt with much more responsibility for tonight’s match.

Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman come into the side, and the former’s inclusion will come as a boost to Giroud, with his pace likely to open up more space for the Arsenal striker.

A win tonight would ensure France a place in top two, and seal their position in the knock-out rounds of the competition, following Switzerland and Romania’s draw today.

The side’s played out a 1-1 draw, meaning a win today would see them move to five points clear of third position, with one match remaining against Switzerland, who would be at risk of elimination should the French win the final group match also.

Can Giroud score once again tonight to seal his ninth goal in nine for his country?

Tags Albania Arsenal France Giroud


  1. mobaygunner says:

    Lets leave girouh alone tdy…hope he scores a hattric so his fan boyz can all come out and say we dont need a striker

    1. RSH says:

      he was bad…. :/

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Super lamp post always shines during the transfer windows! ? Of course he will score tonight! ?

    Arsenal in for Gotze, make this happen mr wenger.?

    1. ras911 says:

      What can Gotze add for us though? I feel like he will be bullied a lot in the EPL

      1. RedLondon says:

        I was hoping we would go for Draxler, he looks like a player Wenger can mould into a top striker

      2. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Bullied? ? ? What with Xhaka behind him? ?
        You’re having a laugh mate. ??

        I can’t believe that some fan’s are doubting Gotze’s ability.
        But you will be moaning if he shines elsewhere in the Premier league. ?

  3. Redeye says:

    Khaceridi, bellarabi, chicarito please buy them arsene, and we’d walk the league. £60 million max

  4. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Who cares sorry why is AW over there commentating when he should be buying players so we can win the EPL because some big managers are coming in and they are buying players. Near all players want to play for pep not so long ago it was AW but no one want to come to a club that don’t win. Players should have been sorted before the end of season but all we get is this crap that players are hard to get? Even tbe clubs that have just been promoted have gone out and got players. We have a very hard August and September and need new first team players and EPL tough players to come on and do a job

  5. mobaygunner says:

    Oh boy boozzz for girouh….that aint good..hope it dosent effect his confidence?

  6. mobaygunner says:

    Grezman..1 chance 1 goal…giroud>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    1. RSH says:

      Giroud just being a typical Giroud. Arsenal fans the only one not shocked by his missed chances.

    2. NY_Gunner says:

      The Albanian defense were worn down by then…They did defend well though throughout the game.

      1. RSH says:

        they were also worn down when Giroud missed two clear chances

        1. Krish says:

          nonsense… dont spout rubbish.. ny-gunner is right

          1. RSH says:

            lol, what rubbish? You clearly didn’t watch the game if you think Giroud played well. He missed two clear headers then got taken off for Gignac. Wasn’t nice that the French fans booed him, but obvious frustration from his poor performance.

          2. RSH says:

            last game I thought he was good, this game he was garbage. It can’t be all positive all the time.

        2. NY_Gunner says:

          Not really dude. They were all over Olivier up until he was subbed. They even kept Gignac in check. The Albanians put in a damn good defensive shift. You can’t deny that just for the sake of bashing Giroud…

          1. RSH says:

            Yes really, did you see the chances Giroud missed? They were clean headers just off target. You can’t be leading the line and miss chances like those. Maybe if he was a teenager but he’s almost 30.

          2. NY_Gunner says:

            Think you’ve been listening to the pundits to much dude…

  7. dwon says:

    When is a 9 more like a .22 or a peashooter? Sigh.

  8. fem-vcc says:

    I like giroud…I think he’s a good player… but as gooners, we need to ask ourselves
    “against tough or defensive teams, where u get only 2-3 clear cut chances all game, can u put ur money on giroud to score at least 1???”

    I easily knw my answer….

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Olivier has proven himself against tough defenses many a time.

      1. dwon says:

        Those blonde chicks don’t really constitute tough defenses. Must be Le Pout’s perfect hair mesmerizes them.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs