So Euro 2012 has reached the Quarter Finals stage, with England’s thrilling displays of attacking football the talk of the tournament.
My brief summary:
Spain – brilliant but increasingly annoying
Portugal – diving bar stewards
Holland – that’s what you get when you won’t pass to van Persie
France – meh
Italy – with Pirlo they might just do it
Germany – best in show.
Along the way, many Arsenal players have featured (including some of our loanees).
So, for no other reason than that this site has been overdosing on psychology and philosophy lately, it seems like a good time to discuss how our boys have done.
It was either that or metaphysics. I thought most people would prefer “that”.
The Poll below will allow you to vote for the Arsenal player you feel has been the most impressive (from a footballing perspective) during the Group Stage. You can then justify your selection in the comments, where you will be exposed to much verbal cut and thrust but, hopefully, no actual cutting or thrusting. Or name calling.
I have allocated three words to each of the players, based on the scientifically accurate approach of “they’re the first three words that popped into my head.” Indeed, you might also want to offer your own three words for some of the players (based on how they have done in Poland and Ukraine). Please keep expletives to a minimum.
Andrey Arshavin: Gifted, Short, Knackered.
Nicklas Bendtner: Goals, Miscontrol, Pants.
Tomas Rosicky: Injured, Unlucky, Injured.
Wojciech Szczesny: Impetuous, Flakey, Gutted.
Robin van Persie: Unsupported, Misfiring, Staying.
Theo Walcott: Milner? Really? Milner?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Exciting, Young, Unready
Lukas Podolski: Shoots, Heads, Runs
Over to you…
Right, must be off now. I need to work on my upcoming Post: “Is ‘Arsenal’ the Signified or the Signifier? A Linguistic Deconstruction of the 2011-12 Season.”