Great game between Spain and Italy this morning. Pity that C U Next Tuesday had to score to equalise but I think this game has further emphasised my belief that Spain will not go all the way this time. They just don't have a goal scorer in the absence of Villa. Torres once again came on and did his best pub footballer impression. Don't really get why Lllorente wasn't given an opportunity. Anyway Italy looked better than I had imagined and with the correct combination of players they could well go all the way. How fantastic is Pirlo? Also I f**king love Di Natale, can't understand why he's never been given more of a chance with Italy. Should certainly be leading the line in the next game.
As for Ireland, I didn't get to see that one (have to choose between the 2 games during the work week really!) but you'd have to say that's curtains for them. Personally I reckon the Dutch are out too as they're not going to beat Germany, which would be good from an Arsenal perspective as the Van Persie situation should then be sorted out either way with a bit of time left in the transfer window.
Starting to look forward to/get nervous about the England game in the morning. Perhaps the unprecendented low levels of expectation may spur the players on to prove everyone wrong. Then again if our midfield includes Downing, Parker, and Milner I dread to think of what Nasri and Ribery are going to do to us. Going to have to be a very Chelsea CL final type performance to get a result in this one.
Arshavin links it all together, looked like his old self at Zenit where he was undoubtedly the main man.
Was never in doubt for me. He's always been a playmaker. The one who drops deep, controls the play and links everything together. He's the one who creates and given his role in the Russian side that performance was nothing more than I expected from a truly top class, and still probably my favourite player. With us Wenger has always played him as a wide forward, the player who is supposed to run in behind the defence and get on the end of everything. He's not that player. I maintain my strong belief that if he had been given the number 10 Fabregas role this season, we'd have seen the player we saw the other day all season in the Premiership.
It's something that was also quite evident with Rosicky's good form late in the season when played in that similar number 10 role as opposed to on the wing or wide in a front 3. It's funny how players always tend to play their best football in their proper positions. Unfortunately, a concept that Wenger has too often not been able to realise.