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Friday, 10 June 2016

Here we go...

I wanted to write a quick piece regarding what will be seen here over the next month. I won't be saying anything about Jamie Vardy (I don't do the gossip stuff) other than this - if he doesn't want to play for Arsenal then we should forget it immediately. 
There is a very important piece about Arsenal, and the fans who are the future of the club, that I had been hoping to write this week but time and other commitments have caught up with me. In short I have been forwarded an email regarding what now happens when Junior Gunners reach adulthood. I will get around to writing that blog at some point in the next week.
Down to the immediate business and, of course, Euro 2016 begins tonight. Giroud and Koscielny are expected to be in action for France in the opening game. I will be looking to cover the tournament, as usual, from an Arsenal angle. I will also comment from time to time on the home nations, especially England. Tomorrow is a big "Arsenal" day at the tournament with Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all likely to be involved at some point. That being the case, as I am away tonight and tomorrow, the first Euros piece should be up at some point on Sunday evening. That, at least, is the aim. 
Regular readers will know I am not a fan of the international game, especially when it is played in the form of friendlies, or qualifying mismatches with the likes of San Marino, in the middle of the football season. However, when it comes to a tournament it relieves the boredom of the close season and gives us some football to watch. The home nations interest this year, plus Republic of Ireland (I'm going to see them play Italy in Lille) should make for plenty to have more than a passing interest in, and the Arsenal players give us an added incentive to watch the football. I hope it's as good as the last World Cup was as that should see plenty of goals and some really good games. By the time it's over we'll be on the verge of pre-season training and that means getting back to Arsenal as quickly as possible.

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