The Eurovision Song Contest isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but it still makes for an entertaining evening of viewing – even for the most cynical of football fans. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a long look at the Arsenal squad and determine which three names would be best suited to gracing the stage in Lisbon. Of course, you need a certain level of showmanship in order to pull off a high-quality Eurovision performance, and we believe these gentlemen have what it takes.
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 the Daily Express, Arsenal have been handed a boost in their reportedly chase of Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, after talks over a new contract with the Portuguese club broke down.
Carvalho has been mooted as a possible Arsenal signing for a long time, especially before the emergence of French midfielder Francis Coquelin. However a deal looked unlikely as Carvalho looked certain to sign a new long-term deal with sporting, in turn putting up his price in the transfer market.
The Metro reported yesterday that Arsenal sent scouts to watch Portugal midfielder William Carvalho at the under-21 European Championships.
The 23-year-old has long been heralded as the answer to Arsenal’s defensive midfielder problem, even before the emergence of Francis Coquelin.
Carvalho showed why is so highly-rated by winning Player of the Tournament at Euro 2015, despite missing the crucial penalty in the final defeat against Sweden. In truth, he looked a cut-above most of his opponents for much of the tournament, although he may be older than most.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have been given good news in their long-running pursuit for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, with reports suggesting the youngster has been put up for sale this summer, despite his deal still having four years to run.
The 22-year-old Portuguese international made 29 league appearances last season, scoring four goals. Carvalho also played in this summer’s World Cup, showcasing his abilities as a combative midfielder who protects the defence. Manchester United have also been linked with his services in the last few weeks too.
After the sale of one inconsistent forward Gervinho – who was sold to Roma. The Gunners could now be approaching Premier League champions Manchester United to potentially sign another.
Nani, 26, is reported to have attracted the interest of Arsenal this summer, but no official bid has been made. The Portuguese international made only 11 Premier League appearances last season for the Red Devils and is expecting to leave.
While newly-promoted Ligue One side AS Monaco are still the favourites to procure his signature, sources close to the player have suggested Nani would consider a move to another Premier League side.