Monday, June 18, 2012

Arsenal and the Euros

Robin Van Persie mishits the ball during his side's 1-0 loss to Demark
The Euro 2012 tournament has offered many positives and negatives for the Arsenal football club. Although the majority of Arsenal fans were vociferously supporting their captain Robin Van Persie throughout his Euro Campaign, the Netherlands early exit from the tournament is ideal from an Arsenal perspective. Van Persie will now be returning to London sooner, providing team management with more opportunities to discuss the strikers future and if necessary draft a possible transfer agreement.

This would allow the Gunners to avoid a repeat of last years prolonged and often frustrating transfer sagas that culminated in the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and prompted a dishevelled spending spree by the club during the latter stages of the transfer window.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's performances for England, should force Wenger to seriously think about giving the 19 year old a regular starting position next season.
Also, Van Persie's uncharacteristically uninspiring and sometimes downright ludicrous display against Denmark might prompt a re-think from potential buyers Juventus and Manchester City who are desperately attempting lure the star striker away from the Emirates.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, has made some highly commendable contributions to the success of the English squad. The Ox seems to have matured rapidly and could assume Theo Walcott's starting role next reason if the latter decides to seek a lucrative move away from the club. 
Andrei Arshavin's performances are not enough for Arsenal to consider extending his contract, however they improve the clubs bargaining power in negotiations with other European clubs for the player's services.

Andrei Arshavins displays for Russia, raise a conundrum for the board. The player has been nothing short of brilliant this tournament and has re-discovered the touch and class that deserted him throughout the premier league campaign. Ideally at this stage, Arsenal should not re-consider their stance and should proceed with the planned sales. Through his performances Arshavin has once again proved that he is best suited to playing a central role and is not compatible with the formations deployed by Wenger at Arsenal, which force him to drift wide and remain attached to the wings. Hopefully, Arshavin's performance would have garnered attention throughout Europe and will provide Arsenal with a much needed impetus in transfer negotiations.
Bendtner has regained his scoring touch

The more curious case is that of Nicklas Bendtner. The Dane departed for Sunderland in acrimonious circumstances, but his performances in the Euros suggest that he remains a force to be reckoned with. If Van Persie leaves, Wenger will be left with a shortage of strikers. Chamakh and Vela are not upto standard and must depart and even the arrival of Giroud will not be able to plug the gap left by the talismanic Dutchman. Arsenal are now in a dilemma and should seriously contemplate retaining Bendtner's services as during the Euros he has underlined his credibility as a genuine goal scorer and could become a vital cog in the structure of Arsenal's attack next season.

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