Morning party people,
Yesterday afternoon Twitter went crazy, as news seeped through the gutter press, emintaing from France Football’s disclosure that Oliver Giroud had agreed terms and a deal had been struck between Arsenal and Montepellier. Ironically enough however, this piece of news also included the caveat that nothing would be announced until after the Euro’s. So where are we now? Exactly where we were a day earlier. The whole world seems to know that Giroud is coming, and all that’s happened is we have another media source announcing it. Unfortunately, if what they say is true, we won’t hear anything for another couple of weeks. So if ever there was a non-story, surely this is it? I know that there is no smoke without fire when so many media outlets announce something at once but if that is the simple fact (that we won’t hear for another few weeks, then I’m refusing to drop my Paddy Powers and do a little jig just yet.
When he arrives, i’ll welcome Giroud with open arms and hopes for a succesful career. But until then, let’s shelve the commentary and YouTube compilations.
In more Arsenal-related news, it looks like Tomas Rosicky’s time in Poland and Ukraine could be in jeopardy, after it was announced that he had returned to Prague for tests on his achilles. If he misses the tournament then it’s a sad state for him, but from a purely selfish point of view, I hope it can be rested if there is even the slightest doubt on whether he should play. The logical thought process from the player and international coaching team should be that there is no point in risking your next season for a couple of games playing through the pain barrier, but we know from how Jack Wilshere played through his problems and how it affected his season. Players just want to play the next game and Rosicky might be looking at these Euro’s and thinking that it might be his last big international tournament. Let’s just hope the prognosis from Prague is positive.
Tomas is not the only man with a big ‘?’ hanging over his head, with Theo now looking like he’s struggling with a hamstring problem, which sounds like a worrying situation for both player, England and Arsenal as well. Theo has had quite a few problems with his hamstrings over the last couple of years and the thought that he could try and push himself to get into that England team is also a slight worry for me. Hopefully Roy will be sensible enough to be extra cautious. It does also further raise the question of his injury proneness and does make me wonder why he has bitten our hands off for a new deal just yet. All this rubbish about waiting for Robin to sign can’t really be true can it? If Walcott is basing his future on the actions of other players you have to question his intelligence. When Thierry left, the attacking players saw it as an opportunity to step up, and if the worst does happen and RvP leaves, Theo should see if as an opportunity to fight for the position he has always said he craves.
Tonight’s game against Ukraine is a really interesting one. Schevchenko rated only ’50-50′ if you believe the press. Something tells me he will start in what could potentially be his last game for his country. Both teams need to probably go for a win, but with home field advantage, Ukraine will be very diffficult to beat. Wayne Rooney and the world’s most ridiculously chavvie hair style will be back in force, and I think it will see Andy Carroll rewarded with a place on those comfy sporting seats in the dugout. Roy will give Young and Milner the attacking spots beside him I think, which is also slightly harsh on Welbeck, who has been an able deputy in Rooney’s absence.
Despite the fact that Ukraine will be hard to beat, I still fancy England to get something, so I’m going for a classic England nervy draw which sees them through. The good thing is that it’s not Arsenal – then we’d all really be nervous!
Until tomorrow peeps.