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And then there were two

And then there were two

Djourou and Fabianski leave the Euros without any playing time to add to their CV`s, Gallas leaves as part of an embarrassed French side that looks past it`s collective sell by date and Senderos leaves without any damage to his reputation. Senderos would be content with that and Gallas should get himself a good holiday away from it all.

Which leaves Van Persie and Cesc still in the tournaments both playing for national teams that reflect much of the playing philosophy of their club side. Both the Dutch and the Spanish teams have played so far with quick movement, quick accurate passing and good possession. Both must feel quite at ease in those tactical formats.

Van Persie scored again tonight in the game against Romania having completed 90 minutes for the first time in quite a while. He looked to be feeling the effort on occasions in the second half but took his goal, late in the game, very well. Had he also taken the chance he created just after the second half kicked off no doubt he would be feeling even more satisfied with himself. Three seasons ago I wouldn`t have thought that he could play up front on his own as far forward as he did at times. Last season, with the absence of Adebayor in the early games, he played for us the role he played for Holland tonight. His touch, skill and vision with a physical toughness that he has developed allow him to do it very well.

Getting him back from this tournament fit and well would give an immeasurable boost to our trophy chances next season. He will allow us to vary our attacking style more than we were able to last season. If this tournament plays a part in building Robin`s confidence and regaining his playing peak then it will have been a risk worth taking and to some extent an investment worth making. With two goals in a total pitch time of less than 2 games he should be feeling pretty sure of himself.

Cesc`s position is a little different. As the premier league`s PFA young player of the year, leading assist maker and acknowledged pass master he would have gone into this tournament with a spring in his step. Except that he isn`t quite top dog in the Spanish side. That I think is a good thing. He isn`t an automatic first choice and as such has nothing to lose while still able to share in any glory that is going. Used wisely and sparingly he will come back with his international reputation enhanced, whatever Spains fate, as the young player of the future with the world still in front of him.

At this stage for Cesc, less is more but if fortune is with him van Persie could make a big statement.

Holland and Spain are among the teams to enjoy in this tournament and as long as neither van Persie nor Fabregas pick up any injuries it is football entertainment without the pain for gooner fans.

....and - as something of a footnote to this stage of the tournament - Lassana Diarra will have discovered that the end of the rainbow is never quite where you expect it to be.

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Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday June 17 2008
Time: 10:32PM

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What a goal by Robin tonight. Great all around performance from him and good for him in picking up the man of the match. I think this was his first full match since the Sunderland game in October and thats incredible. So Im hoping that all his muscles cool down alright.
gunnerkid107
17/06/2008 22:49:00
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What a goal by Robin tonight. Great all around performance from him and good for him in picking up the man of the match. I think this was his first full match since the Sunderland game in October and thats incredible. So Im hoping that all his muscles cool down alright.
gunnerkid107
17/06/2008 22:49:00
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hope to see more from RvP in Arsenal jersey. well done.
fcdematthew
17/06/2008 23:18:00
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hope to see more from RvP in Arsenal jersey. well done.
fcdematthew
17/06/2008 23:18:00
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Domenech is an idiot! He leaves a capable centre-back(Boumsong) on the bench and plays a guy who shouldn't even be in the SQUAD(Abidal) at centre-back. Then he takes Nasri("our" Nasri) off instead of taking off that clown Govou who's consistently proven how rubbish he is! And why the heck did Toualan play all 3 games? Spoilt brat he might be, but Diarra is a much better player! I hope they fire Domenech now. The guy is an excuse for a coach
Patresc Vieiragas
18/06/2008 07:19:00
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Domenech is an idiot! He leaves a capable centre-back(Boumsong) on the bench and plays a guy who shouldn't even be in the SQUAD(Abidal) at centre-back. Then he takes Nasri("our" Nasri) off instead of taking off that clown Govou who's consistently proven how rubbish he is! And why the heck did Toualan play all 3 games? Spoilt brat he might be, but Diarra is a much better player! I hope they fire Domenech now. The guy is an excuse for a coach
Patresc Vieiragas
18/06/2008 07:19:00
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Patresc Vieiragas. Agree about Abidal, Squillacci was also on the bench, and he left Mexes at home, to keep Thuram, finaly he put a left back at center back..... Yesterday, toulalan was one of (if the) best french on the pitch (alongside Benzema), Makalele shouldn't have play instead of Diarra, he can't pass a ball, can't create danger, can't control the game, and clearly didn't protect the back four at all yesterday (or against holland). Domenech should have put Toulalan-Diarra. And Why did he bring Vieira instead of Flamini????? What the hell was that????? I'M happy we lost, and we've been humiliated in front of the all earth, Domenech doesn't deserve to be the French national coach, leave Trezeguet, flamini, Ben Arfa, Mexes, Clichy, Sagna at home and take Gomis, Vieira, Malouda, Thuram, Abidal and Sagnol instaed was too much mistake for a coach, he believed these player would be at the level they were by magic, but they didn't...... I liked Thuram, but now, i really don't rate him that hight, when do you see a capitain (or skipper) leaving the boat when this one is about to go down????? I hope deschamps will be our next coach, Benzema, Ben Arfa, Nasri, Ribery, Toulalan, Diarra, Flamini, Erva, Clichy, Sagna, Mexes our next big players, main player. Henry, Vieira and sagnol need to follow Thuram an maka end reteire, we have enopugh young and talented player to do somenthing in south africa...... Mutu must be gutted by the way. I Hope Holland win, they play really good positive and entertainement football. I feel Spain are not physical enough in the midfield, even with Senna.
FloG
18/06/2008 08:33:00
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Patresc Vieiragas. Agree about Abidal, Squillacci was also on the bench, and he left Mexes at home, to keep Thuram, finaly he put a left back at center back..... Yesterday, toulalan was one of (if the) best french on the pitch (alongside Benzema), Makalele shouldn't have play instead of Diarra, he can't pass a ball, can't create danger, can't control the game, and clearly didn't protect the back four at all yesterday (or against holland). Domenech should have put Toulalan-Diarra. And Why did he bring Vieira instead of Flamini????? What the hell was that????? I'M happy we lost, and we've been humiliated in front of the all earth, Domenech doesn't deserve to be the French national coach, leave Trezeguet, flamini, Ben Arfa, Mexes, Clichy, Sagna at home and take Gomis, Vieira, Malouda, Thuram, Abidal and Sagnol instaed was too much mistake for a coach, he believed these player would be at the level they were by magic, but they didn't...... I liked Thuram, but now, i really don't rate him that hight, when do you see a capitain (or skipper) leaving the boat when this one is about to go down????? I hope deschamps will be our next coach, Benzema, Ben Arfa, Nasri, Ribery, Toulalan, Diarra, Flamini, Erva, Clichy, Sagna, Mexes our next big players, main player. Henry, Vieira and sagnol need to follow Thuram an maka end reteire, we have enopugh young and talented player to do somenthing in south africa...... Mutu must be gutted by the way. I Hope Holland win, they play really good positive and entertainement football. I feel Spain are not physical enough in the midfield, even with Senna.
FloG
18/06/2008 08:33:00
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To see RvP play a full 90mins brought as big a smile to my face as it did to his. He looks delighted to be playing football again. The phycological effect on him should be huge. If he comes back un-scathed from the tournament, then gets a nice rest, he'll be chomping at the bit for next season!!!
Bradys Chips
18/06/2008 08:38:00
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To see RvP play a full 90mins brought as big a smile to my face as it did to his. He looks delighted to be playing football again. The phycological effect on him should be huge. If he comes back un-scathed from the tournament, then gets a nice rest, he'll be chomping at the bit for next season!!!
Bradys Chips
18/06/2008 08:38:00
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