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Fabregas v Lehmann: who will win Euro 2008?

Cesc Fabregas last night staked his claim as the player of the tournament when he came off the bench to inspire Spain to a 3-0 victory over Russia in the second semi final of Euro 2008.

Spain's win sets up an intriguing final with Germany on Sunday, when Fabregas will face his old team mate Jens Lehmann in the Bundesgoal. Lehmann doesn't officially join new team Stuttgart until next Tuesday so technically Arsenal have two players in the final, while if the newspapers are to be believed, there could be as many as six others among the finalists - Spain's David Villa, David Silva, Raul Albiol and Dani Guiza and Germany's Lukas Podolski and Torsten Frings.

Of course, Cesc's star turn last night will undoubtedly see him linked yet again with a move back to his homeland, so it was heartening to hear that he'd publicly spoken out against his childhood club Barcelona for the "disrespectful"way in which they have been courting his Gunner team mates Alexander Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Another Cesc Fabregas show on Sunday will have the Spanish giants reaching for their special cheque book, but the 21-year-old seems extremely happy learning his trade under Arsene Wenger, so thankfully for us Gooners, it doesn't look like Fab 4 will be thinking of leaving any time soon. Indeed, he could prove to be a great asset in attracting his national compatriots into considering a move to Arsenal.

As for his battle against Lehmann's Germany on Sunday, I hope that the more entertaining nation wins. That'll be Spain then. And if Cesc can help drive his country to its first major trophy in 44 years, then maybe my one-man campaign to see him given the Arsenal captaincy will finally gain some momentum.

What do you think? Will Spain's flowing football sweep aside Germany or will the more experienced campaigners prevail on Sunday? Share your comments here

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 27, 2008 10:21 AM in Players
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