The Euros is truly well underway. We were served with a taste of what to expect on Friday with France’s victory over Romania. Saturday and Sunday didn’t disappoint too much except for England’s dour game against Russia. Here’s a round up of Arsenal Players involvement so far in this edition of Arsenal Euro Update:
France vs Romania (Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud)
Arsenal duo of Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud played for the entire duration of the match as their country, France, who happened to be the host of the competion started on a positive note with a victory over Romania. Although it took a while for the host to get their acts together, they didn’t look like going back when they got it.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud got France’s and the tournament’s first with a beautiful header from West Ham’s Dmitri Payet’s cross. Koscielny also did his part to ensure his side ended up on the winning despite playing with ‘a-disaster-waiting-to-happen’ Patrice Evra. It would be recalled that Evra was responsible for the penalty that drew Romania level moments after France’s goal.
Switzerland vs Albania (Granit Xhaka)
If Xhaka’s performance against Albania is anything to go by, Arsenal have got a gem on their hands. According to statistics giant, Opta, Xhaka had 129 touches vs. Albania which happens to be a new record for a Swiss player at a Euro tournament. Wonderful? Yes, that’s the word.
According to Squawka, Xhaka completed the most passes in the game with 99, won the most aerial duel with 5 and created the most chance in the game with 3. Now imagine this guy playing with Ozil-Santi-Cazorla. That will be ‘delicious’
Granit Xhaka vs. #ALB:
Most passes completed (99)
Most aerial duels won (5)
Most chances created (3)
Bossed it. pic.twitter.com/FBAvftWI87
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 11, 2016
The midfielder put in an assured display in the centre of the pitch which earned him the MOTM. Long may it continue.
Wales vs Slovakia (Aaron Ramsey)
Aaron Ramsey grabbed a crucial assist in Wales victory over Slovakia. The game which was their first in major tournament after a 58-year absence.was going towards a stalemate when Ramsey popped up with that crucial assist for Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal. Gareth Bale’s dipping free-kick gave Wales a half-time lead and sent their fans into raptures before Slovakia’s Ondrej Duda punished passive Welsh defending to equalise.
Ramsey should have scored a goal of his own but for poor control and finishing. The box-to-box midfielder however turned up when it was needed most to set up his side’s second.
England vs Russia (Jack Wilshere)
Jack Wilshere was a second half substitute for England in their dull 1 – 1 draw against Russia. Eric Dier had opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick in the 73rd minute but Vasili Berezutski struck a dramatic equaliser in added time. Apart from both goals and Jack’s introduction in the 78th minute, there was nothing really to report about the match.
Why Jack Wilshere didn’t start the game, we would never know
Poland vs Russia (Wojciech Szczesny)
Poland began their Euro 2016 adventure with a win against a Northern Ireland team that had no touch in their opponents box. Arkadiusz Milik scored the only goal of the game in the second half to become Poland’s youngest-ever scorer at the Euros. Szczesny ejoyed an untroubled 90 minutes.
Germany vs Ukraine (Mesut Ozil)
King of Assists, Mesut Ozil ensured the three points went to his side with that delicious pass for Bastian Schweinsteiger to score Germany’s second of the game. The Germans took the lead when Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring from Toni Kroos’ free-kick past. Ukraine had chances to pull level and Jerome Boating was forced to clear the ball off the line in the first half. Ozil had a late chance to double Germany’s lead, but was denied by a good save. The midfielder who played for the whole 90 minutes then ran the length of the pitch before crossing for substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger to finish as Joachim Low’s side took all three points.