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Who will you be cheering on at Euro 2008?

For the first time in years, I'm actually looking forward to a summer football tournament.

It might have something to do with the lack of hype that we usually have to put up with in the press that England will win the competition, only to see them capitulate against San Marino or lose the obligatory penalty shoot out, but I reckon it's more to do with the fact that I'm bored and at least we'll get to see some quality football during the next few weeks.

Any of you who read this blog regularly will know that I'm not exactly the biggest fan of international football. Normally I'd be hoping that France, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and Poland all fall at the first hurdle so that the Arsenal players could have a rest, but I must be in a charitable mood, because I'd actually like to see our players do well in the tournament and for that reason, I'll be supporting France.

Mathieu Flamini's move to AC Milan hasn't helped him convince Raymond Domenech of his credentials, as he has been left out of Les Bleus' 23-man squad for the finals. But also missing - and therefore enjoying a much needed holiday - are Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna. Indeed, the only current Gunner to feature in the French squad is William Gallas, so expect him to pick up an injury that'll leave him doubtful for the start of next season and force Arsene Wenger into buying a new central defender. With any luck...

Also in the French squad will be former Arsenal stars Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka and Lassana Diarra, while target Samir Nasri makes the travelling party alongside the player I'd love to see Wenger sign, Lyon striker Karim Benzema.

Of course, co-hosts Switzerland will have the biggest contingent of Arsenal players with both Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou in their squad, but while it would be great for both to have a solid tournament to help them gain experience, there wouldn't be much excitement in following the Swiss. Bet they win it now that I've typed that.

Elsewhere the Gunners will have Cesc Fabregas on show for Spain, Robin van Persie will, of course, be injured playing for Holland and the Pole in the goal, Lukasz Fabianski, is one of three keepers in the Poland squad for the competition.

So, who will you lot be following in Euro 2008? Or are there certain players you will be watching with the hope of seeing them in an Arsenal shirt next season? Share your comments here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 2, 2008 9:56 AM in Debate of the Day| Players
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italy will be the champions of europe 10000000% remember this!!!

Posted by: mendi | June 2, 2008 1:41 PM

spain are my favourites, what a side!! they have cesc, thats enuf reason to support them.

Posted by: shepkr | June 2, 2008 7:32 PM


Posted by: Alessandro | June 5, 2008 8:52 AM

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