Which Arsenal players to follow in today’s Euro 2016 knockout-rounds

The European Championships restarts again today after two days off, with the first knock-our round set to begin at 3PM local time (2PM GMT).

Arsenal have a number of players still involved in the tournament, with a number holding reserved confidence in going deep into the competition.

One Gunner who could go deep despite a relatively large price with the bookmakers, is Aaron Ramsey. His Wales side got a favourable draw in their bid to win their first ever international competition.

Wales have won two of their three matches so far in the competition, with their only loss coming against England, who found the net in injury time to seal a win. They now take on Northern Ireland in today’s middle match, which they should be confident of winning, before taking on the winner of Belgium and Hungary for a place in the semi-final.

New signing Granit Xhaka also remains in the competition, and will have been impressing all those Gunners fans who had not known much of the midfielder beforehand. He has been controlling much of their matches from the centre of the park, but will have a tough match-up today. His Swiss side take on Poland in the opening match of the day, who are unbeaten thus far, and are yet to even concede a goal. Szczesny appears unlikely to return to the starting line-up for the Poles in the coming round having fallen foul of injury.

One Arsenal man who is yet to feature is Hector Bellerin, who has found himself on the bench in favour of Juanfran for Spain in the right-back position. His side face the tough task of dismantling Antonio Conte’s Italy side, which appear well drilled in defence. The Azzurri have been one of the stand-out sides in France thus far, although all previous matches will have no bearing on Monday’s result. Should Spain manage to oust their opponents, they will likely face Mesut Ozil’s Germany in the next round, who are strong favourites to overcome Slovakia.

Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny helped the hosts to top their group, and will now take on Ireland in the next round, who will be keen to get revenge for missing out on a place in 2010 World Cup thanks to a hand-ball from Thierry Henry. The Arsenal striker is currently suffering with some muscle issues, but is still expected to start the coming match against the Eire tomorrow afternoon.

Jack Wilshere is the last remaining Gunner to get a mention, although he still appears to be struggling to find form, having recovered from a long-term injury not-too long ago. The England midfielder could be in line to play against Iceland on Monday night, but would be a risky selection on recent form.

Does Jack deserve to start? Who do you predict to go deep in the tournament?

Pat J

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  1. Ozil will probably go all the way to the final, but is it possible for him to meet Koscielny and Giroud there, for a matchday selfie? ?

    1. I can remember our best season recently was the ramsey season….and we performed so well thought an orthodox defensive midfielder b4 injury to our main players jeaopadized our chances.

      Xhaka I more like arteta he tackes, interceps and has gorgeous passes…ramsey beside him will be a great idea if he can be has discipline as arteta and ozil, sanches and other infront of them….can be so
      perfect really

  2. Hmmm xhaka is too lateral for my taste … Not a dominating DM and not as box to box as Ramsey …. Not sure what to make of him to be honest not having watched him much before … Rodriguez most impressive swiss player for me a no brainer go sell Gibbs and bring this guy in

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