Our Boys in France

We have 10 players strutting their stuff at the Euro’s, how will they fare?

In a quiet summer where transfer rumours are few and far between we need something to chat about so I suggest we look at the performances of our chaps on a game by game basis.

So, on Friday we have Koscielny and Giroud quickening the pulse playing for France against Romania KO. 20.00 GMT.

Saturday afternoon gives us a view of Granit Xhaka playing for Switzerland against Albania.


The evening entertainment is England’s first game and the chance that Wilshire will start. In my opinion he is head and shoulders England’s best midfielder (name a better one) and must start.

Aaron Ramsey will also be playing on Saturday at 17.00 GMT vs Slovakia. Surely a must win game for Wales.

TPIG is in the squad for Poland on Sunday at 17.00 GMT but I expect Flapianski to start ahead of him.

Mesut Ozil kicks off his campaign against on Sunday night at 20.00 GMT against Ukraine.

Young Hector should start for Spain on Monday at 14.00 GMT against our gloveman Petr Cech who is representing Czech Republic alongside the wonderful Tomas Rosicky.

Luckily, most of our players have not been selected and will hopefully start the season rested and 100% fit. Who knows – it could happen!

written by Big Raddy


53 Responses to Our Boys in France

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Spot on Raddy: let’s focus on real football rather than the energy sapping gossip, and Jack is the best England midfielder by a distance… when fit.

    When Jack came on against Portugal, England started to play a more structured, organised game. He looks at the picture in front of him before he hopes to get the ball, and when he gets it he moves into the space available to him to then make a quality pass: sometimes a potential assist and sometimes just a good forward pass. It sounds so simple but other than Rooney, who is technically less gifted than Jack in this department, nobody can do it.

    England should be wary of putting too many Spuds into the first team: you win nothing with them. Half moon faced Kane is no team player and thinks he can score from everywhere; and Deli Alli is a red card in waiting, the sort of player main land Europeans love to see send off. I like Walker and Dier, Dutch word for animal, has impressed me, but playing too many orrible Spuddies is a blueprint for disaster. Jack needs to start and the rest to be told to feed the ball to him as soon as he is in free space… only then can I see England go far.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Superb Erik

    Just what the doctor ordered. Proper football on the horizon and a great antidote to transfer sleuthing

    Staggering really that just a year ago, both Ox and Theo looked nailed on for Roy’s squad.

    Out of the games you mentioned, it is watching Granit that excites me most from an Arsenal perspective.

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Same page Total πŸ™‚

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, when you say transfer sleuthing is energy sapping, I disagree. I will be doing both during the Euros, and in top gear at that.

    Which sides have expensive goalscoring Gunner targets?

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Bookies thinking:

    3/1 France
    4/1 Germany
    5/1 Spain
    8/1 England
    11/1 Belgium
    14/1 Portugal
    18/1 Italy
    25/1 Croatia

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    When it comes to transfers, Micky, I like to hold them in my hand rather than read about them πŸ˜‰

    The Dutch saying ‘tying up the cat around the bacon’ comes to mind!

    Yet I cannot help but anticipate what a certain player would do to our team and style of play… πŸ˜‰

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    a few quid on Switzerland may not be a bad idea; could be a Greece or Denmark year..

    5/1 for Spain seems very generous.

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    As the storm moves on
    rain trickles off
    the leaves
    like an afterthought

    From ‘Above the Waterfall’ by Ron Rash

  9. fatgingergooner says:

    Switzerland have a decent side but Belgium are full of quality at 11/1. Both have tough groups but if they can get through that then It’s 33/1 for a Belgium v Spain final. Spain are not in good form but they only have England, Portugal and Croatia in their half of the draw so should get to the final if they play anywhere near potential. Belgium have it tougher with France and Germany in their half but the Germans don’t look convincing these days either although are more than capable of winning it. France look good but I think the value bet is Belgium.

    Let’s not forget about Ospina, Campbell and Sanchez out in America too!

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    “The Dutch saying β€˜tying up the cat around the bacon’ comes to mind!”

    I’m sure many things come to YOUR mind, but darkness prevails here I can tell you

  11. Big Raddy says:

    An e/w punt on Belgium at 11/1 is a no-brainer (if I bet)

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    That’s deep, Micky πŸ˜—

  13. TotalArsenal says:

    Putting money on the Belgiums is like putting it on the Spuds. They never win anything… You may as well Menneke Piss it in the wind! πŸ˜‚

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Belgians even * ☺️

  15. Big Raddy says:

    So says a Kaaskop πŸ™‚

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha, yep a Kaaskop knows what the Belgians are like, mr Danish Bacon! πŸ˜€

  17. fatgingergooner says:

    I’ve gone for Giroud top scorer at 12/1 and a treble on Kane (2/1) Muller (11/8) and Morata (5/2) to be top scorer for their teams.

    Fingers crossed!

  18. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Brave. I think Lukaku will score a few.

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    Belgium have a tough run though BR and Sweden, Italy and ROI in their group. They also have strikers they could rotate with Benteke and Origi. France have Albania, Romania and Switzerland and with Benzema missing Giroud should start most games. Plus he’s got 7 in his last 4 games so he’s coming good again.

    It could be any of 10 though.

  20. mickydidit89 says:


    Top scorers in Euro 2012 scored only 3. Torres got the golden shoe as he got more assists.

    Ollie really could get three in the group stages alone

  21. chas says:

    Cheers, BR
    Looks like a fine weekend of watching Arsenal players ahead,
    I wonder if Arsenal will win the comp outright like we did with the World Cup in 1998.

    I saw this and thought of your mancrush. πŸ™‚

  22. chas says:

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Brilliant chas. I am praying Ibra doesn’t go to play for that little shitehawk up in Manchester but i fear the worst

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha love the evolution, or lack of, pics of Costa

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey quick
    The world surf is in Fiji
    we’re about to get a tour of Tavarua, the small island near the reef they surf off


  26. Big Raddy says:

    Ooh that sounds nice.I spent a few weeks in Fiji and loved it. The nature, snorkelling and diving was outstanding, sadly, the food was terrible and the prices to tourists, silly

  27. chas says:

    Sorry about the David Hillier this morning.
    I was referring to this, of course (for those of you who didn’t get it).


  28. mickydidit89 says:

    They try to discourage your sort, Erik πŸ™‚

  29. chas says:

    “Instead, the player threw himself at the magistrate’s mercy, saying that he was distraught at his stupidity and that his form had dipped to such a degree since the incident, what with all the guilt and worrying, that he was now on the transfer list. The magistrate accepted his plea, although a closer observer of the game would have pointed out that it wasn’t necessarily the crime: anybody’s form would suffer if they were obliged to share the midfield with John Jensen and Martin Keown.”


  30. chas says:

    Is “froth out” doing something rude?

  31. chas says:

    Petr Cech warming up…..

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Was there an Arsenal goal of the season winner?

  33. kelsey says:

    Nice one chas, still don’t like the away shirts

    So Raddy when you went to Fiji were you a big tipper πŸ˜‰

  34. mickydidit89 says:

  35. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. I am always a big tipper πŸ™‚

  36. fatgingergooner says:

    Was that top 5 goals video made by a 4 year old?

    Who the f*ck are Lecister and Mancester!?


    Worse than PES!

  37. chas says:

  38. chas says:

  39. chas says:

    Name the player

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Player … Tony (I will leave the rest for others to guess)

  41. Big Raddy says:

    6.51 is a weird picture. The loaf on the right looks as though a dog has been cooked and the nose is sticking out

  42. chas mobile says:

    That was exactly the description of the dogs nose photo where I got it from. πŸ™‚

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Maybe it is a Vietnamese Spotted dog

  44. Eddie says:

    poor TalkSport hosts had nothing to talk about yesterday and they invented a sad story that England should fear Wales because of Bale and Ramsey. Bale, maybe, but Ramsey?

  45. fatgingergooner says:

    Here’s a quiz for anyone that has never played PES. Just to explain they didn’t have any licenses so weren’t allowed to use real team names! Can you work out which PL team is which from this season?

    West Midlands Village
    Merseyside Blue
    East Dorsetshire
    London FC
    South Norwood
    East Midlands
    North London
    Man Blue
    West Glamorgan City
    North London
    Norfolk City
    Hampshire Red
    East London
    North East London
    Merseyside Red
    West Midlands Stripes
    Man Red

  46. fatgingergooner says:

    Just realised I put North London twice.

    The team missing is ST Red

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    POST sent
    Sorry, hurtling around, but Morning All

  48. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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