As Euro 2008 commences tomorrow, the transfer stories will come and go and fans analysis will take over. There is one big question, of course, which I've been posing to my readers - with England out - who will you support at Euro 2008?
We’ve done a sweep-stake at the office with the winner winning a top of the range 8MP Digital Camera, and being the orchestrator of the game, I picked last (or rather didn’t pick) and got Romania. Whilst potentially possible to get out of a group, my chances of getting my hands on the camera are somewhat hindered by having France, Italy and Holland in my group… hey, miracles do happen!
Our young Swiss central defender has been talking about his country’s chances of progressing, and somewhere deep inside me, I do hope the Swiss do well with both Senderos and Djourou representing. Young Phillip(pe) will be playing in the opening game against the Czech Republic.
With Turkey and Portugal to come, the game against the Czech Republic will be a big game for the Swiss and Philip(pe) knows it, as he said yesterday:
“It is a massive game for us. It is absolutely vital that we get off to a good start. Everyone in Switzerland has been waiting for this moment for so long and hopefully we can live up to the expectations.
”It would be a major disappointment if we did not go through because we know we have got the ability to do that. There is pressure, but it is a good kind of pressure – there is a real desire in the squad to show our quality and what we are capable of.”
Well, I hope Switzerland win their group and knock out the Portuguese (sorry, but Portugal is made up of Chelsea and United players!)…
A little bit of transfer news now… and a player who’ve we been linked with prior to the Nasri affair has been declared publicly available by the Lyon president. The player, of course, is Hatem Ben Arfa, the French maestro, who has been rather impressive for the French team in their pre-tournament friendlies, but didn’t make the final cut.
Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has talked and compared this transfer to the on/off Nasri one:
“The value of Hatem Ben Arfa is 15 to 20 million euros. It is the market price because you know Arsenal will be able to afford the same sort of price for Samir Nasri for 16 million euros.“
This suggests that the Nasri deal has fallen through and we have the same money to spend, which can be now spent on Hatem Ben Arfa… Time will tell…
Ooo, and young Aaron Ramsey is supposed to meeting Arsene in Switzerland tomorrow, according to the Guadian, but who really knows what’s going on here?!?!?
And finally, a little bit of a discussion of Giovani Dos Santos. This kid was supposed to be one of the hottest prospects in the Spanish league, and was supposedly very highly rated by Barcelona. His first appearance for Barcelona came at the tender age of 17 years old. He’s now 19 and has amassed quite a few games under his belt now… Dos Santos is believed to be on his way out of Barcelona.
You have to consider why? Barcelona have a big scouting network which has brought players such as Bojan and of course Messi through and it seems strange that they would be happy to let Dos Santos leave. With Ronaldinho on his way out, it would seem that the Mexican would have a big Barcelona future ahead of him.
With Barce allowing the player to leave, no other Spanish teams interested, no Italian teams and none of the big four in England interesting, this also surprises me. And on top of everything, Barce are seemingly willing to let go of the player for about £4.5m. And after all of that, the player himself is willing to go to a non-Champions League club. And the icing of the cake it that he’s claimed he’s signed for Sp*rs.
So all in all, it doesn’t make sense. Or rather, if he was that good, it wouldn’t make sense. So after careful deliberation, I have come to the conclusion, that the player must be officially rubbish.
So Arsenal fans, do not worry… if he was that good, he wouldn’t cost £4m and wouldn’t go to Sp*rs.
Alrighty boys and girls, that’s a wrap, have a good Friday!]]>