There was no Kieran Tierney for Scotland yesterday, which eliminated a number of the curiosity within the sport for me, however I feel we noticed the purpose of the event already because the Czech Republic ran out 2-0 winners. Patrik made our Scottish pals Schick to their schtomachs with a unprecedented strike, lofting the ball on the run over the goalkeeper from nearly 50 yards. The swerve was superb.
Certain the keeper was too excessive up the pitch, however to supply a end like that was one thing particular all the identical. It’s exhausting to think about we’re going to see a greater purpose than that between now and the ultimate. I can inform you one factor for positive although, it gained’t be from Spain who, regardless of making seven billion passes of their sport in opposition to Sweden, failed to attain a purpose.
That they had probabilities. Within the first half the Spanish Kaba Diawara, Alvaro Morata, spurned their greatest alternative, and to be honest Sweden’s goalkeeper, Robin Olsen, did make some good saves in the course of the sport. Spain are an attention-grabbing one although. Technically implausible, they managed the sport for essentially the most half, however their demise by a thousand cuts/passes method can be far more thrilling if it had some precise finish product.
For some folks, the relentless possession is tedious, and I believe Luis Enrique would give his proper arm for prime class striker. I believed they had been higher with Gerard Moreno up entrance than Morato however I realise that’s pretty simplistic evaluation. It’s a bit like saying the lady who’s bitten in half by Jaws at the beginning of the film was a greater swimmer when she was in a single piece.
On the different finish, there have been a few pretty flashes from Actual Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, a participant we have now been linked with this summer time (though those we haven’t been linked with might be now a a lot smaller listing). You might see why. On the finish of the primary half he was so unfortunate to not rating, however the alternative got here from his calmness and talent within the opposition field (I received some pretty Kanu-esque vibes off his footwork). He then created Sweden’s greatest probability of the sport, bamboozling defenders earlier than laying it on a participant for
Morata Diawara Berg to spoon the ball off track when it appeared simpler to attain.
I do know strikers/forwards are a bit down the listing by way of priorities this summer time, however with doubts over Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, after which one thing of an age/expertise hole between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli/Flo Balogun, I do surprise if there’s scope for a signing there. Isak seems to be like he’d be a enjoyable participant to look at week in, week out, however in actuality what it will take to carry him in may in all probability be higher used elsewhere. I realise I’m saying that as we put together to spend as much as £50m on a central defender, however I don’t know what number of of these type of offers we will realistically do.
Within the center sport, Slovakia beat Poland 2-1, with former Gunner Wojciech Szczesny ‘credited’ with an personal purpose. I feel he was a bit unfortunate actually, when a ball bounces off a publish, off the again of your personal head after which into the web, it feels a bit harsh to name it an OG. Not only for the keeper, but in addition for the participant who thought he’d scored then had it taken away from him. Anyway, a second half crimson card for Poland made their job tougher, they usually’ve received Spain subsequent, in order that’s going to be powerful.
In the present day, it’s Hungary v Portugal, and this night’s fare may be very tasty with France taking up Germany. I’m having fun with the Olivier Giroud v Kylian Mbappe spat, I’ve to say. I say this as somebody who favored Giroud when he was with us, however his transformation right into a full blown Chelsea participant over the previous couple of years has made me Crew Mbappe all the best way. He’s now remarkably simply 5 objectives from matching Thierry Henry’s file as France’s main scorer, and whereas I don’t actually give a shit come what may, I’d like him to fall quick.
Talking of Giroud falling, let’s always remember this second of hilarity from final season’s FA Cup last. I can’t ever say David Luiz might be one in all my favorite Arsenal gamers, however that he was concerned on this will all the time be a tick in his field (fnarr). Sound up:
— The Arsenal Scout (@thearsenalscout) August 1, 2020
Lastly for right this moment, slightly snippet of switch information. Arsenal have reportedly made a €15m bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga. It has been rejected by Anderlecht who’re holding out for one thing near €20m, however are keen to speak. Clearly it doesn’t fairly work this fashion, however because the Xhaka to Roma factor cools down over the charge, we may change him with a 21 yr previous who has a great deal of potential for roughly what we’d get from the Serie A facet. Mainly a internet zero value.
It’s very early days, however the age profiles of a lot of the gamers we’re strongly linked with (Ben White 23; Ruben Neves 24; Albert Lokonga 21) communicate to a greater recruitment technique than we’ve seen previously. Let’s see how the summer time performs out, but when there’s some encouragement to be discovered at this stage, that’s it for me.
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