Hi there. Good to see you again. I don’t really mean see, of course, but you get what I’m trying to say. It’s nice to know you’re reading is what I’m getting at. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Anyhoo, time to move on.
The past couple of days has seen a number of excellent Euro 2008 matches, the standout being Spain’s brilliant 4-1 win over Russia on Tuesday. As you will all surely be aware of by now, the outstanding player of the match was Valencia striker David Villa who bagged the first hat-trick of the tournament.
The other goal for Spain was scored none other than Cesc Fabregas, who came off the bench and rounded out the scoring with his first international goal. Although I was cheering on the Russians (How could any Australian not support a team managed by Guus Hiddink?) I was absolutely thrilled to see Fabregas get his first goal for Spain.
Following the game he was understandably full of joy about his goal but also full of praise for teammate Villa, going so far to say that he would love to play alongside the striker at Arsenal.
“I would like to have him in my team because as you can see he can make the difference. He has mobility, he scores goals. He plays well at the back of defenders, in front of them, he’s a tremendous player.”
Now, I rate Villa very highly as a player and I can definitely see where Fabregas is coming from, but given the abundance of strikers available at Arsenal I just don’t think Villa joining would work. Arsene Wenger has Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and of course Eduardo da Silva (who could still be back for pre-season training) at his disposal and if he wanted to bring in Villa then one of those five would have to go.
While I’m sure there will be some crazies out there saying that Adebayor can buzz off or Bendtner is a clumsy oaf who isn’t up to Arsenal’s class I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to lose any of those five. It’s not that I don’t think Villa would make an impact at Arsenal it’s just that I would like to see the manager’s plan of bringing through these players come to fruition. Regardless, I’m certainly interested to hear what you think about it.
In other Euro 2008 results Sweden beat a woeful Greece side 2-0, Turkey surprisingly knocked Switzerland out of the tournament with a late winner and Portugal produced an outstanding counter-attacking performance to beat the Czech Republic 3-1. I didn’t get to see the game but by all reports Cristiano Ronaldo and Deco pretty much ran the show and I have to say the Portuguese might go a bit further than I had previously predicted.
Tonight sees the Germans taking on the Croatians in what should be a belter while the other co-hosts Austria will be trying to stay alive against Poland. Expect some goals in both games, I reckon.
That’s it for today. Take it easy.
PS. You might have noticed I’ve yet to report on the signing of Cardiff City winger Aaron Ramsey. While I do admit the move has essentially gone ahead I’ve made a decision to only speak about it once it is recognised on the official Arsenal website. So until then, Ramsey is as much an Arsenal player as I am.
What do you think?
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