Although a little rusty, Bischoff took up his position as an attacking midfielder along side Coquelin, although it sometimes looked like a diamond with Bischoff intent on going forward and Coquelin more defensively minded. All in all Bischoff was actually better than I thought he would be. He has close ball control and a good passing range. He's also got a bit of energy and the ability to tackle. This was his first game in about 9 months and he was understand very tired by the end of the game. Coquelin did well as his partner and is coming along nicely in the reserves.
Silvestre also debuted today and his performance started shaky but his confidence grew as the game continued and did show some good quality and experience. Some good blocks and some decent tackles made it a good performance from the Frenchman.
Wilshere and Simpson also put in eye catching performances and it's not long now until the next Carling Cup game which should be on 11th November at the Emirates.
In other news, Almunia has commented on Walcott's mean streak. Something which has seen him excel for both club and country. His hatrick for England was a sign of his progression.
“Theo was too nice maybe in the last two years but this season you can see that when he gets tackled he gets furious and that shows you he has changed. When he used to take a tackle he didn’t reply with anything, he didn’t say anything to the referee or the opposing player. He would get tackled and stay on the floor, and he would never say anything. Now I like him more on the field. I tried to help everybody who comes to me and Theo is very nice. Sometimes he likes to speak to more experienced players, older players like me. I just spoke with him once, I told him he had to be a bit more aggressive and not so nice on the pitch because if people can kill you they will do so.”
“I can only say that Theo is beautiful playing football. To me he is like a machine, it’s unbelievable. I enjoy it a lot when I see Theo playing in training, and also because he is a very nice guy. He is by far the most exciting young English player I have ever seen. His skills are incredible and I am sure that over 100 metres he would get a good time. With the ball also he is very good technically. He has a lot of discipline, he is a very complete player. Theo is growing up and I think it’s going to be great for England.”
If we can keep our formation in check and field Walcott on the right and Nasri on the left, we will have two very effective players on either wing, with creativity and the ability to go past players. With no game until the 18th of October, it looks like we have to have a fingers crossed that these two don’t get injured.