Euro round-up: Scotland good, England conservative, Swedish bicycle envy | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog


I caught the primary a part of England v Scotland on the radio on my manner again from 5-a-side. It was pleasingly old skool to hearken to soccer that manner, the commentary fading out and in because the reception wavered. The noise of medium wave drowning out the Wembley crowd. Getting caught at site visitors lights the place I couldn’t hear something however a wave of static and sound, inching ahead within the automobile till it drifted again in so I might hear the pleasing tones of … er … Chris Waddle.

Apparently England’s finest moments got here throughout that interval and the time after I received dwelling to change on the sport on my laptop computer. John Stones hit the put up with a header from a nook, perhaps a bit unfortunate, however it was additionally an excellent likelihood to go forward. After that, I don’t assume there was a lot that was too threatening. I keep in mind an excellent second half shot from Mason Mount and a little bit of a goalmouth scramble at one level, however England simply didn’t create sufficient.

Far be it for me to have too many opinions concerning the English crew, however do you really want each Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in midfield? Particularly if you’ve received a participant like Jadon Sancho on the bench, coming right into a event off the again of sensationally productive season for Borussia Dortmund. I do perceive why a supervisor, particularly a comparatively younger one, would possibly lean into solidity. It’s onerous to seek out the stability between that and the bravery wanted to win video games, however with the expertise at his disposal, that was disappointing stuff from Gareth Southgate.

I additionally realise this can sound like an Arsenal fan coating off a Sp*rs participant (and don’t get me improper, I’m completely predisposed to being adverse about Harry Kane), however Harry Kane was fortunate to have lasted past half-time, and he’ll be fortunate to start out England’s subsequent sport. Gradual, motionless (not the half-decent Italian form), and possibly not absolutely match. I perceive his popularity, however groups ought to be picked on performances, and his was dreadful. Not helped by an absence of creativity within the crew, however there’s simply one thing about the best way he performs which feels prefer it does England extra hurt than good of late.

As for Scotland although, incredible. There may be clearly a high quality hole in some areas, England have the perfect people, however collectively they have been nice. That they had probabilities too, Pickford made a wonderful save from O’Donnell, and because the ball fell for Che Adams his visualisation work let him down. He simply wanted to think about he was enjoying towards Arsenal and that will have rattled the again of the web.

I assumed Grant Hanley was glorious on the again, and to see Kieran Tierney carry out that properly after harm issues was sensible. I’m so glad he’s an Arsenal participant, and the information that he’s on the verge of signing a brand new 5 12 months contract with the membership ought to be welcomed by all followers. Future captain? Most likely, however till then a fully integral a part of the crew we’re going to try to rebuild this summer time.

Earlier, the Czech Republic and Croatia performed out a 1-1 draw, however I solely noticed the primary half. There was some dialogue/debate over the penalty awarded to Croatia for a problem wherein Dejan Lovren actually caught Patrik Schick together with his elbow as he jumped for the ball, however I don’t understand how any participant is meant to problem aerially with out placing their arms out. It was unintentional, so a penalty actually felt harsh.

I can see either side of it, and perhaps there’s received to be some wiggle room in the best way referees assess incidents like this. This unintentional contact gave the Czech Republic the simplest doable likelihood for a purpose that soccer can present, however there are numerous different events within the sport when deliberate contact and fouling isn’t penalised to that extent. Consider all of the pushing, shoving, pulling that goes on at corners. I do know that’s a Pandora’s field however it nonetheless occurs. Think about a situation the place a striker is thru on purpose, however taken down intentionally simply exterior the field or within the D. You could possibly make an argument {that a} foul of that sort is much extra worthy of a penalty than the one in yesterday’s sport. Anyway, 1-1 for these guys.

Within the opening sport of the day, the one factor I believe that’s price discussing in any manner is Alexander Isak, however even that feels a bit like strolling previous a motorcycle store day-after-day and seeing a ravishing bicycle within the window that you recognize you’d love and have a good time with, however you simply can’t afford. I’d love a 15 pace, Shimano-geared Isak at Arsenal, however I’d say the possibilities are virtually zero. Possibly if we promote our Raleigh Chopper (Lacazette), and neat fold-up bike (Nketiah), we would purchase a distinct one.

At present, there’s lots happening. Hungary must cope with France, Portugal face Germany, after which it’s Spain v Poland. I hardly ever predict, however I’m gonna go together with 3-0, 2-2, and 2-1, though I recognise Spain’s problem of turning passes into targets.

Proper, let’s go away it there for this morning. Should you haven’t had an opportunity to pay attention already, there’s a model new Arsecast obtainable for you, all of the hyperlinks you want are under. Get pleasure from your Saturday.


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