The provisional International squads are being prepared for the Euro’s which take place next month, the opening fixture is on June 8th and it’s Poland v’s Greece.
So far, six of our players have been named and will be heading off to Poland/Ukraine:
Robin van Persie – Holland
Lukas Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny – Poland
Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski – Germany
Laurent Koscielny – France
But how many more are we expecting to be called up to represent their country?
Andrey Arshavin – Russia
Tomas Rosicky – Czech Republic
Nik Bendtner – Denmark
Theo Walcott – England
I make that about it, Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines should keep Kieran Gibbs out, Bacary Sagna is injured and any other players who are full internationals, represent a country that haven’t qualified.
I make that ten players who have to carry on playing until nearly the end of June, some may have to play on beyond that date as the semi-finals are scheduled for the 28th June.
The Premier League season kicks off the second week in August usually and there is no reason to belive it will begin any later next season and should we fail to secure third place on Sunday we could very well have a Champions League qualifier to play straight after our opening league fixture.
That is assuming of course that Chelsea don’t win the Champions League Final, if they do, we know the outcome.
Not much rest for our players is it, Holland, Germany, England and France could all make the quarter finals and they are the sides that the bulk of our players represent.
Not good eh…
Juventus have been in the news recently, publicly declaring their desire to sign up a top quality striker this summer and yes, Robin van Persie was top of it. However, our captain has been quick to dismiss any intention of joining them, in fact he is reported to have told close friends that it would take an ‘extraordinary’ offer from one of Europes Elite clubs to make him leave Arsenal.
I guess that means either Barcelona or Real Madrid…
Nah, he’s staying.
Talking of players talking to friends, Yann M’Vila has told his that he wants to join us regardless of what happens on Sunday!
Roll on Sunday in many ways, get the last game out of the way and then we will all know where we are heading.
It’s got to be a win too, we don’t want to be watching the Champions League final with fingers and toes crossed for a Bayern victory, in fact I don’t want to be watching the Champions League final at all…..
That’s it for today, have a good one….