Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is reportedly set to join the Germany squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, according to Sky Sports. If he participates along with the other 17 players, Gnabry will miss the remainder of pre-season with Arsenal and the first Premier League game of the new campaign. And with the 21-year-old in the last year of his deal, having been frozen out of the first-time in the last season, is it wise for him to join Germany’s Olympics squad?
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According to the Independent, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been given three week’s holiday after his Euro 2016 excursions, which leaves Chuba Akpom as the only natural centre-forward in the squad in pre-season. The likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez have led the line in makeshift roles, but would manager Arsene Wenger really leave himself so short in attack?
Olivier Giroud played six games in this summer’s European Championship, scoring three goals and making two assists for the France national team, and was expected to be given time off to rest. However, three weeks away from the training camp would see him miss the start of the season, while lacking match fitness on his return.
France and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was on the losing side in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final, but was one of the players who will come away from the tournament with a lot of credit for his performances.
The 30-year-old was part of a defence with an average age of 32 at times, but helped France to five clean sheets in normal time, and will have delighted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger upon his return. Strong and pacey, the heart of France’s defence was marshalled excellently by Koscielny.
France and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud disappointed for Les Blues in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal. The 29-year-old struggled to get to grips with a physical and canny Portugal backline, and found good opportunities limited despite his side boasting the lion’s share of possession.
He was brought off in the 77th minute by manager Didier Deschamps, having spurned two opportunities, while failing to make a telling impact on proceedings. Giroud started the tournament in fantastic shape, scoring and creating five goals in his first four appearances, but went off the boil in the semis and final.
According to various sources, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been the subject of interest for a number of clubs this summer following an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with finalists France. The 29-year-old is alleged to have ‘a string of enquiries’ for his signature, but the Gunners aren’t looking to sell.
Giroud has scored three goals in the European Championships so far, making two assists. He’s formed a potent partnership with Antoine Griezmann in attack and will come away with many plaudits following some positive showings for Les Blues.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil struggled to create clear-cut chances for Germany in Thursday’s Euro 2016 semi-final defeat to France at the Stade Vélodrome. Not for a lack of trying, the 27-year-old was seeing a lot of the ball and valiantly trying to whip crosses into dangerous areas, but no Germany player was getting on the end his balls.
Only midfielder Toni Kroos made more touches in the German side than Ozil, but the latter created just one chance in the 90 minutes. While performance levels have been decent from the Arsenal man this summer, one goal and one assist from six games – his only assist coming in Germany’s first group game – isn’t the kind of return expected of Ozil.
Wales’ international midfielder Aaron Ramsey could miss the start of next season, after helping guide the Dragons to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
The midfielder produced four assists for Chris Coleman’s side and one goal, before receiving a second booking of the tournament against Belgium ruling him out of Wednesday night’s 2-0 last-four defeat against Portugal.
Could miss the start of the campaign
Following that impressive campaign with Wales Ramsey may now be rested at the start of the campaign. Ramsey told the Evening Standard ‘I am back on the August 1 so I have a few weeks off but obviously it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,’
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a quandary over midfielder Aaron Ramsey ahead of the coming season. The Welsh international has been outstanding for the national team in an advanced midfield role in this summer’s Euro 2016, and will be hoping he’s doing enough to give his club boss a selection headache.
Ramsey has been a standout performer for Wales in the European Championships, making four assists in five games, while creating 15 chances from midfield. He’s scored or created a goal every 89 minutes, and has averaged a shot or created chance every 16 minutes. While impressing for Wales, Arsenal have stiffer competition…
Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud is much-maligned and there are always question marks about his ability to perform at the top level. The 29-year-old struck a brace against Iceland in their 5-2 win over minnows Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday night.
He does score a decent amount of goals
Giroud does score goals it’s a fact. Since arriving in north London the striker has made 187 Premier League appearances and in the process scored 82 times. In that time he has also created 34 goals in the English top-flight.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud impressed for France as Les Blues thrashed Iceland in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France. The 29-year-old opened the scoring with a volleyed effort early in the first-half, and scored France’s fifth goal inside of an hour. He played a part in three of their five goals on the night, and is enjoying a very good tournament after being much-maligned for inconsistent form ahead of the Euros.