Euro 2016 preview – Unlucky Arsenal star to miss out again?

Tonight sees the first of the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and there is just one Arsenal player who could be involved, although Sky Sports are reporting that this is unlikely as Wojciech Szvzesny is still not fully fit after picking up a thigh injury in training after the first group game.

You have to feel sorry for the Arsenal and Poland international keeper, even if he has not been an active member of the Arsenal set up for about a year after being sent to Italy to play on loan in Serie A for Roma last season. What that actually meant for him, though, was that he was able to prove his worth and cement his place at the top of the pecking order for the Polish side after playing 42 times for the Italian club. Szczesny must have been relishing the chance.

Just like other Arsenal stars like Walcott, Wilshere, Welbeck and Chamberlain, the keeper’s international career has been dogged by misfortune and it looks like this tournament will be no different. Four years ago he was also the first choice for Poland but after being sent off in his first game of Euro 2012 he never featured again and Poland who were co hosts finished bottom of the group.

At least this time Szczesny’s bad luck has not affected his team and there is still a chance that he will play again if his thigh is okay. Poland play a pretty poor and so far lucky Portugal this evening and if they play as they have been doing they have a great chance of the semis.

If Szczesny does not play it will be the former Arsenal man Fabianski up against Ronaldo and co, so good luck to these two Arsenal connected players and their team mates.


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  1. If you are the manager of Poland, You wouldn’t drop an inform Fabianski….Fabianski has been playing pretty well. They have only conceded a goal so far.. I stand to be corrected.. .he was the man of the match against Switzerland…

    If it were to be the league competition then Wojech (I always spell his name wrongly) will get his chance but a short Euro tournament will be hard esp. When Fabianski is firing on all cylinders..

  2. I’ve watched all of pollards games and i like Milik i know he’s missed a few chances but good strikers keep getting in positions, its an art. lets hope wenger will take a punt. i would be so happy with Milik and Jansen we need strikers , look at utd,Chels,and citys front 4 and compare to ours.

    1. Milik links up well and gets into good positions but barely got any shots on target this entire competition. No doubt he is talented but we need someone with a better conversion rate. If it was Giroud missing all these chances people would be calling him all kinds of donkey.

    1. is anything confirmed to be broken though? Just looks like a lot of swelling, which probably means he’ll have to rest (finally). Two months seems like more than enough time to recover.

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