It’s probably one of the least popular things in world football outside of big tournaments and yet, here we are again, arriving at another international break. These two weeks are often full of qualifiers that some care about and some really don’t but through all of the smoke and mirrors, there’s one ever-present truth – Arsenal are actually in a good position for the first time in what feels like forever.
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It’s probably one of the least popular things in world football outside of big tournaments and yet, here we are again, arriving at another international break. These two weeks are often full of qualifiers that some care about and some really don’t but through all of the smoke and mirrors, there’s one ever-present truth – Arsenal fans need this break.
So instead of wallowing in self-pity we think it’s about time that everyone just recognises how nice it’ll be to know the Gunners can’t disappoint us this weekend. Mikel Arteta knows better than anyone that changes are needed and they’re needed pretty promptly, but after three defeats, perhaps this is the kind of result that’s needed in order to break the downward trajectory the club seems to be on.
On Sunday night, England came up short in their attempt to win Euro 2020 as they fell to a penalty shootout loss at the hands of Italy. It was a desperately disappointing evening for the Three Lions who, for an hour of the game, seemed to be on their way to lifting their first major trophy since 1966.
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka was the man who took and missed the decisive fifth penalty and, after receiving some horrendous insults across social media, Arsenal Football Club decided to release the following statement as the attention now shifts back to the start of the new domestic season.
It’s been 55 years since England last played in a major international final – and on that day, they won the 1966 World Cup. Now, they’re just one game away from reaching the Euros final for the first time as they gear up to play Denmark in a Euros semi-final at Wembley.
It’s the kind of fixture that can define a generation and, if they win, will bring the same reputation forward to the clash with Italy on Sunday for the final.
Bukayo Saka is going to be the man, hopefully, flying the flag for Arsenal as the Gunners youngster attempts to play a role in getting the Three Lions over the finish line.
We’ve all seen some pretty incredible things in our days of watching football but few could’ve imagined scenes like last night in our lifetime. England, after years of waiting, finally put their many German-related nightmares to rest with a 2-0 win that takes them into the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2020.
While both goals may have come late in the second half, we truly do think Bukayo Saka had an important role to play in building confidence for the Three Lions in that first 45 minutes. He was quick, strong and constantly tried to make things happen – even if it seemed like there was nothing on for him.
Les Bleus, aka the French national team, were considered by many to be the clear favourites heading into UEFA Euro 2020 – but for whatever reason, they hadn’t quite been able to get themselves going during the group stage. The hope from their fans was that their fortunes would change in the Round of 16 but last night, they were humbled in a big way when neighbours Switzerland knocked them out of the tournament on penalties.
At the forefront of it all, leading from the word go, was Granit Xhaka.
At the age of just 19, Bukayo Saka started for England last night at Euro 2020 and put in a really solid shift. He was quick, creative and versatile with what he brought to the table, cementing his status as a phenomenal attacking option for the Three Lions as they move forward in this tournament.
England will now have to wait until this evening to discover who they’ll be playing next Tuesday in the Round of 16, but from there, it seems as if there’s a whole lot of excitement regarding what could happen next – so long as they maintain their defensive strength and start to really get after teams going forward.
Scotland wanted to make some noise in London last night and boy oh boy did they. From the pre-game antics in the city to what actually happened in the game, most Scots probably would’ve been left feeling pretty satisfied after securing a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley. Of course, they would’ve loved nothing more than to pinch the win, but a point keeps them in the hunt for a place in the Round of 16 – so long as they can beat Croatia in their final group stage encounter.
After one set of fixures in Group D things are already starting to look pretty intriguing. All four nations will feel as if they’re still in with a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, if only because of the best third place rule that now exists. Alas, some are in better positions than others, with England securing a win over Croatia in their opener and Scotland slipping to a disappointing loss against Czech Republic.
England got their Euro 2020 campaign up and running yesterday afternoon as they beat Croatia 1-0 to jump straight to the top of Group D. The Three Lions weren’t always at the races with many believing they should’ve really stuck it to their opponents, but in the end, the win and the goal from Raheem Sterling are all that matters.
One point that’s worth noting, from the perspective of Arsenal fans at least, is that Bukayo Saka wasn’t able to make an appearance in this game. There are plenty of options Gareth Southgate has to choose from which is understandable, but his dynamic presence could’ve really helped England in what was a slow game outside of the first 15 minutes.