As England lose in the Euros QF, attention goes back to Arsenal…

England’s tenure in the Euro 2012 Championships has come to an end. For the first time in many years, fans understood the limits of the team and understood that an exit at this stage was the fair and correct result. Even through we lost on penalties, it is clear that we were outclassed by the Italians. They had 35 shots compared to our 9.

There has been an extra-ordinary amount of praise towards Pirlo this morning, and whilst I can understand that he is given such accolades from the team, in reality, the deficiencies of the England team are to blame. I’ve been a fan of what I’ve seen from Hodgson. Defensively and tactically, we’ve been a better team than under previous managers. He seems to have understood what we’ve got and played to our strengths – or in another word or two – not played to our weaknesses.

Personally, I think Hodgson made two mistakes against Italy by choosing Wellbeck and Young. For me, Ashley Young has been one of our worst players in the tournament. Against an Italian side where we needed a spark, the Ox should have started and he would have really given the Italians a torrid time. And secondly, Wellbeck offered nothing, and Carroll’s such a threat in the air and around the box, that he would have also really tested the Italians in ways that would have made them uncomfortable.

Hey ho, the dream is over. Bring on Brazil 2014 and perhaps the midfield will contain both Arsenal flying wingers, Theo & Ox and the maestro himself in Jack Wilshere. By then Kieran Gibbs will have superceded Ashley Cole and hopefully he’ll be able to score a pen or two…

Theo reflected on the team and had quite a bit to say… here is a little bit of it…

 “There are a lot of young players who gained good experience, me being one of them. Going into the next tournament, we will be better and there are loads more players who can get into this
team as well. It is most important we have a rest now because it has been a long season for everyone. I thank everyone involved and I have enjoyed every minute of it. In a short amount of time, the way Roy [Hodgson] got his team to play was great at times to watch. We are only going to be better players coming into the qualification matches because we will learn more, we will play teams that aren’t as good as the teams we have played in this competition. Everyone is down and it is a cruel way to go out. With penalties, it’s a flip of a coin. It’s a shame we didn’t do it for the fans because they were fantastic, while everyone back home showing their support means a lot. It is just luck the way you go out on penalties. “Everyone needs their head raised up high because it has been a good tournament. We had the late arrival with the manager but it worked well. Our luck ran out in the end.”

As expected, since the Euro’s are now over for the nation, despite some mouth-watering semi’s in store… all attention should and will fall on the transfer window.

Down at the Arsenal, all talk is about French International, Olivier Giroud… who spoke about his move to Arsenal:

“I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal – it is something that represents so much for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.”

His record in France last season (in 36 games) was…

  • 135 shots
  • 70 shots on target
  • 21 goals

He seems like quite the poacher…

I’d expect to ramp up the transfers now, with RvP revealing his plans – whether he is going to stay or go. Arsene to sign M’Vila, and Walcott to sign a new contract… with Chamakh, Bendtner, Vela & Denilson still on the books and in the transfer window, there should be quite some activity in the net week or two…

  • ArseManual

    There is a lot of news that Ramsey is going to move to Fulham – i.e. he will be sold – around £6m.

    Is this good or bad? I think he will be a top class player, so surelyt this is bad!

  • devday

    Sorry Gerry – had to quarantine your reply!

  • kiki

    I think England can hold their heads high. Hodgson came in with only a month before the competition and England went first out of their group. Penalties are always a tough way to go, but seeing how Italy played yesterday, it was a fair in my opinion.

    I’m excited for the Olympics as well as the coming season. A lot of things going on, but I hope RVP stays.

  • SpeedDemon

    I think England are miles behind the other countries – Italy have been rubbish but still slaughtered us

  • prime

    i dont mind if sell ramsey then go grab ozil

  • Berth

    Giroud signs for Arsenal