France’s World Cup quarter final duel with Germany is a matter of hours away and, like keen football fans and punters across the universe, the news.bwin.com/en/ brains are seeking any crumb of insight we can come by ahead of what promises to a fearful tear-up.
Arsenal fans have particular reason to tune in, with no fewer than five of Gunners likely to play some part – Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski for the Germans and Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud for Les Bleus.
France have been backed in to 9/5, what a way to make a living, for the tussle, with Die Mannschaft on the drift but holding on to favouritism by the skin of their teeth at 17/10, with the draw at 90 minutes priced up at 21/10.
Their backers are suffering a crisis of confidence and while the French keep a stony social networking silence, Joachim Low’s men doth protest too much…
You may be proud Per, but you’re knackered aren’t you? “Exhausted AND tired”!??
While other players cut all communication in a bid to find their happy place ahead of the last-eight humdinger Lukas Podolski arguably needs the virtual equivalent of a slap round the chops and being told to pull himself together.
Surely making a bid for his own Rio Ferdinand-style World Cup wind-up show be the last thing on his mind ahead of the fixture.
By contrast the French are keeping it low key, take Laurent Koscielny for instance, who is so hard he doesn’t even have a Twitter account.
Instead he released this deeply metaphorical picture of Giroud putting his foot in a rogue pile of dog dung in training. What does it mean..? So French.
You can see why Les Bleus remain tight lipped too, when their opponents are leaking thinly veiled clues as to their fragile psyche left, right and centre.
Take Ozil for instance…
You wouldn’t have to be Sigmund Freud to work out Arsenal’s record signing is terrified of giving the ball away against France.