Match Report: FC Twente 0 – 2 Arsenal… One foot in the Champions League…

The starting XI was as predicted with Ade and VP up front and Ramsey and Denilson in the middle of the park. Walcott and Eboue marshalled the flanks with the back four comprising of Clichy, Gallas, Djourou and Sagna and the all present Almunia in goal. On the bench, we had young Gibbs, Wilshere and Randall alongside young Fabianski, Vela, Bendtner and Justin Hoyte.

Young Hoyty could be on his way to Middlesborough as their chief exec Mr Lamb confirmed their bid today. With our "injury crisis" at the moment, it may not be a wise decision to sell the kid, but at the same time, he's not really first time material... but at the same time, who would be Sagna's back up? Eboue? Toure? Hmmm, dilemma, dilemma...

Back to the game and a start for Ramsey and a very young bench.

Twente started the game the better out of the two and tried to apply some early pressure. We managed to witheld the pressure, albeit giving away a few free kicks here and there. A classic first game back early season nerves. Our first half chances were limited and we were lucky to go in 0-0 with Arnautovic clean on goal only for Almunia to save at his feet.

The second half was a little better and we came out with a renewed desire. It's true to say that had we player a better team, we'd be a few goals down, but we're always likely to score...

And Gallas did just that... scoring with a scrambled effort after a Robin Van Persie's free kick and Adebayor doubled the lead with a good finish after Walcott raced into the area and squared.

Randall and Bendtner came on late on for Walcott and Van Persie and we saw out the game to take the 2-0 advantage to the Emirates.

So all in all, young Aaron Ramsey did well, Denilson too, not too impressive, but steady nevertheless. It's clear to see why Fabregas is the number one choice, Denilson has great mentor to look up to and learn from... Played 1, Won 1. 100% record this season...

Next up is West Brom at home, but more on that tomorrow...]]>

  • Zohaib

    < ![CDATA[i saw most of the game and as a result my analysis might not be entirely accurate.
    almunia did well.
    sagna and clichy looked a little rusty. hopefully as the season progresses they'll get their sharpness back, and quick.
    djourou and gallas did okay. i saw the one mistake where twente's striker cleared the offside trap and almunia had to save on the edge of the 18 yard box. djourou made a few runs from our defence to their defence after being allowed the space. i really think djourou can be a worldclass defender. he's got the potential. i cant understand why senderos has played more games than him. he should be 3rd choice after toure and gallas. and if he can improve a bit, then he would be challenging for a regular 1st team spot.
    eboue and walcott were missing for most of the game. twente's wingers were having a ball on the flanks. wenger switched them and eboue was playing at left mid for a while. i was expecting the worst but luckily we were just about surviving.
    ramsey and denilson never had control of the midfield. they wern't bossing it around. and they couldnt be expected to just yet. they did well enough i suppose. not making too many mistakes and not having a huge impact on our attacking game. not being creative enough either.
    adebayor and van persie - its hard to say but again they didnt see a lot of the ball. we had a lot of defending to do because we kept loosing the ball. but even so they were both average. didnt have much impact up front anyways.

    premiership is only 2 days away and we're probably getting toure and nasri back but even so our midfield looks weak. its getting me worried.]]>