Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wenger Target Men During Euro 2008

Arsene Wenger has praised Cesc Fabregas for bucking the trend and coming out on
top in a football world he believes is geared more towards athleticism than
intelligence.

The Arsenal manager has tipped the Spain midfielder to impress as much in this
month's European Championships as he has for the Gunners in the Barclays Premier
League over the last few seasons

Wenger has also pinpointed three other young talents - Germany forward Mario Gomez, France striker Karim Benzema and Croatia playmaker Luka Modric - to watch out for at the Euros this summer.

The Frenchman continues to be amazed at how Fabregas, slight compared to many
modern-day midfielders, gets the better of his more robust and muscular
counterparts.

"His intention is always to play football, and that is fantastic to see at a
young age," said Wenger at a press conference, sponsored by Castrol.

"I see him every day, and he has a great understanding of the game.

"I like it that in a period where football is going more towards the athletes
only, as long as you have the quality, you don't have to run 100 metres in 10
seconds.

"Intelligence still means a lot - and in the modern game where everyone is
quick and strong, it's good that players of average size can still play at the
top level and be the best players."

Aside from the 21-year-old Fabregas, Wenger has pinpointed three other young
talents to watch out for at the Euros this summer.

He expects Germany forward Mario Gomez, France striker Karim Benzema and
Croatia playmaker Luka Modric to achieve breakthrough tournaments in Austria and
Switzerland.

"What has changed in these major tournaments is that you don't really discover
players any more," added Wenger, who admits he has come to the Euros "with my
chequebook".

"You expect (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Thierry Henry to be up there - but I am
now looking at younger players like Gomez, Benzema and Modric.

"Apart from all the stars we know, these could be the three players who will
be interesting to watch and maybe see overall if they can perform physically and
stand out."

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