Match Report: Szombathelyi Haladás 1 – 1 Arsenal & Tuesday Round Up

Szombathelyi 1 – 0 Arsenal The goal kicked us back into action and it wasn’t long before we scored our equaliser. The minutes ticked down and it looked like we’d go in 1-0, but then a moment of magic, combined with a longish ball and a good take down by Bendtner. The big dane took the ball down straight out of the air in one move and passed it in another move…. straight to the feet of the onrushing Walcott, who tucked it away Henryesque passed a defender and the goalkeeper. Szombathelyi 1 – 1 Arsenal Half time soon approached, and no doubt, a good half for the youngsters. The second half saw the introduction of Vito Mannone, Armand Traore, Mark Randall, Henri Lansbury in place of Manuel Almunia, Gavin Hoyte, Aaron Ramsey, Carlos Vela. The second half was more of the same, with the teams evenly matched, but Arsenal with more possession. Henri Lansbury played well throughout the second half and he can’t be too far away from the first team either. Francis Coquelin and Jay Simpson came on on the 62nd minute for Nicklas Bendtner and the impressive Jack Wilshere and both very good substitutes, with the young Frenchman particularly strong in midfield. The game ended 1-1 and it was definitely a good run out for the team.

Nasri hails “immense club”

So, let’s take a look at a few other news stories floating around today. Young Samir Nasri has been busy being excited, which is awesome to hear. He’s been training with the team and has met his new team mates, albeit yet to make an appearance. He should make his debut against Stuttgart next Wednesday. The Frenchman said:
“I’m so excited. I’m discovering my new team-mates. But I’m not lost at all, with all those Frenchmen. Today I’m very happy to be a Gunner. I have joined an immense club where there’s everything to achieve great things. I’m delighted to be part of this new adventure. Arsenal are a reference point.”
Not sure what he means about a reference point, maybe he means it’s indicative of his career and performances so far. He’s also taken some time out to praise Arsene Wenger:
“He’s been decisive. He represents stability and continuity. We understand we can work on the long term with him. I think he’s been at Arsenal for 13 years. It means the world. I was looking for that kind of guarantee to advance my career. I didn’t want to go to a club, even a legendary one, where everything could change from one day to another. I know Arsene Wenger’s going to help me improve. He has had a lot of success with other French players, especially youngsters he helped blossom.”
It’s called loyalty, and I hope Samir takes it on board. But he’s right, there is stability and ambition and I’m sure Samir will revel in his opportunity. Productive day today. Until tomorrow…]]>