With the demise of Holland in Euro2008 we only have Cesc Fabregas left to worry about in a ‘will they get injured’ sort of way. Spain take on Italy tonight, and the form so far suggests they may be moving on to a semi-final date with Russia on Thursday.
That form is in direct contrast to the experience of the two countries in major tournaments down the years, and it would be dangerous to write off the Italians, World Cup winners just two years ago. Spain, ever the under-achievers, usually find a way of catching early flights home.
The football fan in me would like the Spaniards to progress, but the Gooner in me will be rooting for Italy so Cesc can have a break.
Whoever gets through will have what appears to be the toughest of tasks on Thursday. The Russians were mightily impressive as they outgunned Holland last night. There has even been some fanciful speculation linking us with Andrei Arshavin, star of the show. His current club is owned by Gazprom, and I would wager a few pennies that he ends up at Chelsea, if that is what Roman Abramovich wants. Even if he doesn’t, the asking price has probably been hiked beyond what Arsene Wenger would be likely to invest in one player.
The speculation surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor appears to be reaching a crescendo. Today everywhere you look he has decided he is going to AC Milan, yesterday he was about to become a Barcelona player. I like him, and hope he stays, but I remember the boost we got from the profit made on Nicolas Anelka when he and his brothers engineered his move to Real Madrid. A similar sum is being mentioned now, and I’m sure if the speculation proves to have some basis in fact that Arsene will already have his replacement in the frame. We shall see.
I hope you enjoy the game tonight (or Taggart if you prefer). All I need to do now is to decide whether to crack open a bottle of Rioja, or Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. I’ve just got six hours (and a case of Guinness) to decide.
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