Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez should line up for Chile in their Copa America Centenario semi-final clash with Colombia at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday morning, and will be hoping to lead the defending champions to the final against Argentina. It could well be a repeat of the 2015 final, which saw Chile beat the Sky Blues on penalties, but the favourites still have a job to do against Colombia this week.
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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is enjoying fine form for Germany in this summer’s European Championships, and the talented midfielder was again a standout star in their 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old was economic in possession, creating a host of chances, but seldom giving the ball away.
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere played 55 minutes for England in their 0-0 draw with Slovakia on Monday night but struggled to make an impact. His lack of match fitness appeared evident almost from the off as he mis-controlled on a number of occasions and miscued with a lot of his passes.
The 24-year-old is a favourite of England manager Roy Hodgson, but so far hasn’t vindicated the faith shown in him with his performances. Against Slovakia, Wilshere didn’t have a shot, created no chances, completed the fewest amount of passes compared to his midfield partners, while making just one tackle.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is enjoying fine form in the European Championships for Wales this summer, and was once again the standout player in their victory over Russia. Chris Coleman’s side enjoyed a 3-0 win over their Group B opponents at the Stadium Municipal, and Ramsey played a part in two of the goals as the Dragons topped their group going into the last-16.
Arsenal’s summer-signing Granit Xhaka impressed for Switzerland as La Nati nullified host-nation and Group A leaders France in their final Euro 2016 group clash to seal their place in the last-16. The 23-year-old was once again a standout performance for his country, playing a big part in Switzerland keeping France at bay over the 90 minutes.
Xhaka typically made more touches (104) than any other player on the pitch and made more passes (94) too. The young midfielder boasted an 89.4% completion ratio, created a goalscoring chance, and made two dribbles. Defensively, Xhaka was solid. No Switzerland player made more tackles (3), and only one of his teammates won more aerial duels.
Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil was a bright spark in a dour draw against Poland on Thursday night, creating opportunities for his teammates and taking it upon himself to try and get a goal, leaving the Arsenal man will be somewhat pleased with his showing in the 2016 European Championships so far.
From the Eagles’ national team, no player created more chances than the 27-year-old against Poland (3), no player made more dribbles (2), no player had more shots on target (1) and no player drew more fouls (2). Operating in his favoured central attacking midfield role, Ozil is enjoying a good summer, having ended strongly with Arsenal and starting well with Germany, and he’ll be looking forward to his country’s last group clash to come against Northern Ireland.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey suffered defeat with the Wales after conceding a last-gasp winner against England on Thursday afternoon, but came away with some credit for a sterling industrious display in the 90 minutes. He was the top-performing midfielder in the Wales side, frequently trying to make chances, while doing his defensive duties, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have been pleased from elements of Ramsey’s showing.
Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny came away with the plaudits in France’s 2-0 win over Albania for a sterling performance that kept the visitors from registering a shot on target at the Stade Vélodrome. Koscielny hardly put a foot wrong against Albania, and offered some real resilience to an ageing backline that was much-maligned going into the tournament.
The 30-year-old made the second-most interceptions (4) in the France side, and made more clearances (6) than any of his teammates. Koscielny won six aerial duels and boasting a 98% pass completion in his 90 minutes on the pitch. He blocked a shot and didn’t commit a foul at the Stade Vélodrome, and made a number of outstanding recovery runs to cover his defence.
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was an unused substitute in England’s 2-1 win over Wales (Euro 2016 Group B), but could find himself in contention of playing in the Three Lions’ final group game given how disappointing Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has been so far.
Wilshere was given around 15 minutes of playing time in England’s opening game draw against Russia and was praised by manager Roy Hodgson for providing a similar creative threat as Wayne Rooney, the man he replaced in the second-half. Wilshere is a known favourite of Hodgson’s, and the need to retain possession could make the Arsenal man a better fit with how Alli’s struggling to enforce himself.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored twice as defending champions Chile won 4-2 against Panama to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario. His first goal and Chile’s third was the pick of the bunch. It came from a breakaway with hat-trick-chasing Eduardo Vargas squaring a pass on the edge of the box for Sanchez, who volleyed home into the roof of the net.
Sanchez grabbed his second goal with a brilliant accurate header to make it 4-2, sealing the holders’ place in the last-eight. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be delighted with the form of his star forward, but will also be mindful of his physical condition upon his return to the Emirates Stadium this summer.