Emirates Cup – Day 2

Afternoon all, and yet again I find myself late for my attendance at the Emirates Cup… as yesterday it looks like I will miss the first game, which is 0-0 at the time of writing. I won’t speak about the Toure comments today, but will touch on them in the next day or so. Time for a quick review of yesterday’s game… Arsene starting again with the new 4-2-3-1 formation with the players lining up as follows:

Mannone

Sagna – Gallas – Djourou – Traore

Ramsey – Denilson

Eboue – Rosicky – Bendtner

Van Persie

Personally, I’m not a fan of this formation and yet again, it sees player being played out of position. Eboue is not designed for such an attacking role and Bendtner is not a winger. Rosicky, for me was sensational – considering his 18 month absence, and it shows that experience is something you just can’t buy, develop, have in youngsters replace as he was our man of the match in the first half. The second half saw the introduction of Jack Wilshere and he was definitely the man of the second half, showing that he has a footballing brain beyond his years and beyond most players on the pitch. Clichy also made an appearance to squash rumours that he would miss the start of the season due to a back injury.

The game was quite quiet and it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that it really took off, with Jack Wilshere running the show, Cesc on and busy, a delighted cross by the captain and a great finish by the Russian, saw us go 1-0 up. Before we had time to celebrate, Athletico Madrid snatched an equaliser when slack defending by Djourou and Gallas let one of their players in to cooly finish past Mannone. But in a crazy finish, in the last minute, we were pressuring the opposition so much that a headed back to the keeper was intercepted by Arshavin who ran past the keeper and finished from the most acuted angles ever.

Arsene speaking about Arshavin post game:

“The difference is now he knows how English football works. He knows as well he is part of the team from the start, and the team knows how important and how big an impact he can have on the results. Arshavin has what you cannot give to a player – he understands when there is an opportunity in the final third, and is certainly dangerous.”

It finished 2-1 to the Arsenal and yet again the Russian showed us why he is so important to this team.

Arsene also spoke about Rosicky, saying:

“I am pleased, but cautious. I am not a dreamer. If he gets through the next two months without set-backs, then we have won the battle, but it is not won yet.”

With Rosicky and Arshavin showing their worth, and Walcott, Wilshere and Vela around, we may not miss our mercurial Frenchman Samir Nasri too much… for those of you who haven’t seen this yet, take a quick look at this video of how Samir Nasri broke his leg:

(Thanks to gunnerblog for twittering this!)

A complete accident, but maybe Arsene is a little angry with Diaby – we haven’t seen him since… maybe he’ll make an appearance today.

  • Fo

    I hope to see more of Jack Wilshere today – he was absolutely sensational! Can’t wait until he is in the team all the time. He’s a better option than Eboue, Bendtner, Diaby and should play more.

    Great to see Rosicky back yesterday – he certainly looked good – very exciting – really looking forward to the game today!

  • Fo

    P.S. Aguero scored from the spot after winning a penalty (1-0) and the PSG defender has been sent off!

  • Leeroy.N

    Yea. A little harsh I thought that decision was, but.. thats football. Stéphane Sessegnon looks like a good player, finds good space, holds the ball up really well, can get round the defender and slips in and out of the box very easy.

    Looking at our team I hope we dont send too many out on loan this season, I know Traore is close to going Birmingham and Randall is looking for some first team experience, which will be good for them. But the likes of Simpson (great cover up front and right wing), Barazite (cover right,leftmid and just behind the striker) will be really good coming off the bench. The likes of Vela, Ramsey, Merida and Wilshere who fear absolutely no one and no team will be integral. With the League Cup and FA Cup they will be imporatant to give first team a rest too as well as cover for injuries and appearances off the bench. This Pre-season is showing us good times ahead going forward I feel. Now lets sort out that back!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • bayo

    hello guys nice to see your comment once again

  • Leeroy.N

    WILSHERE!!!!!

  • Fabrez

    Jackkkkkkkkkkkk!!!! Beatiful football :) 1-0 to the Arsenal!

  • Fabrez

    *Beautiful

  • debs

    Jack the man! :-)

  • Leeroy.N

    EDUARDO!!! This is what I LOVE!

    2-0!

    Gooner Til I Die!!

  • Fabrez

    EDUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! What a finish!!!!!

  • Leeroy.N

    Absolutely Clinical!

  • Fabrez

    That goal defined Edu! My word! :D

  • Leeroy.N

    A Good 1st half for the Gunners. Attack with meaning and defended as a team. Can’t wait for the second half and some changes.. 4-1 I’m predicting, would love a clean sheet though!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Marc Callan

    Probably the best team effort I have seen from them in a long time…Cesc is good but Arshavin is playing amazing…Credit to the goal scorers but I think Arahavin and new boy Merida have been brilliant particularly the latter…

  • Fabrez

    JACKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! LOVE IT!

  • Fabrez

    credit to sanchez watt…good all-round football and committment!

  • Leeroy.N

    Fantastic!! 3-0.. Don’t stop now boys.. kill them off!
    hahahaha!!

    Brilliant never give up on the ball attitude by Watt, brilliant pass from Ramsey to find Wilshere, brilliant finish by a confident Wilshere!

    This is what I love to see, the game well over, still looking for the goals, still being defensivly careful, still going for it until the whistle stops play.

    Gooner til I Die!

  • Fabrez

    Was nice to see Edu get 1, Wilshere a gem of a player with 2 and Rosicky passing it like we kno he can…even getting a tackle in! Nice! Love the clean sheet too!

  • Fabrez

    And no injury concerns…sweeet!

  • Leeroy.N

    Was good to see the boys lift that trophy.. it suites them!
    lets hoped thats has really wet the appetite of them all and bring some more home for us.

    FABREZ – Yea nothing serious, hopefully they were just being careful with Gallas and there is nothing in the seemed thigh injury problem early in the first half.

    Overall a great performance. Out classed them in the first half, even though they found their feet in the second and managed to produce a couple of chances, we held strong and tight and kept a clean sheet.

    Well done boys!!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Fabrez

    Yeah Leeroy…but seeing that he played on i’d hope he and Vermaelen are fighting fit for the season opener! The future is bright, it’s red & white!

  • bayo

    good game

  • zohaib

    Dev, I wonder how you feel about it – I’ve been thinking maybe you could make a blog about what players impressed the most at the Emirates Cup.

    I liked Sessegnon from PSG, good strength and great acceleration and top speed. He reminds me of Essien with more agility and speed and someone who can play as an attacking midfielder even on the flanks or a central midfielder. Boli also looked good. Don’t remember what position he was playing.

    A few players from Atletico looked good too, Pacheco the tall left-footed striker. There was someone called Santana, another two who hit the post & crossbar in today’s match (forgetting their names).

    From Arsenal, Rosicky, Merida, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arshavin, Fabregas, played well I thought. I had a power disruption so I lost the last 50 or so mins of today’s Arsenal match. Was really looking forward to watching Watt. So frustrating. Going to try and catch the highlights online.

  • bayo

    arsene says:if you look at the players that played today and those that did not over the last two days it shows we have a very good squad,its more important to concentrate on our strenghts than looking for miracles outside.I DOUBT IF ARSENE WOULD BUY

  • devday

    I’ve just got back from the cup and I have to say it’s been an awesome two days – I’m going to do a player analysis tomorrow so stay tuned for that – but yet again our youngsters stole the show!

  • Leeroy.N

    Lucky you Devday. I bet it was awesome! Looking forward to your finds and views. Credit to Arsene for showing faith in them youngsters, playing Rangers isn’t the hardest of teams, but they defend well and attack just as good as any team. Merida was one who stood out again for me, he just seemed fearless in the mid and mixed it up well for me. Of course the man of the day Jack Wilshere, what else to say.. just AMAZING!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Kuka

    …did enjoy watching the game. There is a special feeling about the team. I have read through several media reviews and pundits are already raving on about the current Arsenal squad. Wenger is a genius when it comes to gelling together like-minded players. If we indeed got the services of a commander in the form of a DM, then we can take on anyone and feel safe….Great game

  • Leeroy.N

    KUKA – Well said! Trust in Wenger.

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • bayo

    Leeroy how have you been its been long i saw your comments

  • Leeroy.N

    Haha! My man BAYO. I’ve been good thanks matey, working too much though. How about you? I keep missing out on all the immense, diverse and passion built comments. LOL

  • bayo

    TO LEEROY:guess man got to make some money.my own low down of the whole emirate cup is just we seeing thesame thing we saw last season.GREAT ATTACK,POOR DEFENCE and i believe its because we dont have a shielding defensive midfielder and denilson does not understand his job.wen the opponent attacks us they always get to our defence all the time giving too much work for the defence.For the attach we dont need huntelaar cus football is not about scoring all the time moreover rooney and kuyt aeven drogba are not the best of goal scorers yet they are indispensable,so i bel chamakh can provide another option which we dont have,eduardo can score all the goals the hunter would give us.since wenger said 2 maximum i hope we get a dm,Cb orstricker but i have some feeling that wenger would not put 10 million pounds on the bench.HOPE YOU LIKE MY RUN DOWN OF THE TEAM.A BLISSFUL SEASON

  • Leeroy.N

    BAYO – I hear you on that. I do think we need that role, but it’s going to be hard finding a player out of the Premiership who you can buy for a good price, who is going to gell with the squad instantly, going to make and instant impact and who is going to be able to with stand the speed and intensity the league puts to test players. There is nothing more I would like than to have the perfect DM and CB. The question is who, for how much and can they cope. We all have ideas, some realistic and others we have no chance in hell of getting. So I would look to strengthen what we do have, teach them some new tricks, give them a better understanding of what they have to do, the roles they are supposed to do and what to do when it goes wrong.. like for instance, today, Rangers had us on a fast break, only Song back on his own.. and he chose to go to ground when trying to stop the pass, instead of chasing it down. Luckily for him and us, nothing came of it, but as I saw the whole move come into play, I was screaming for him NOT to go to ground. Just little niggles and a little fine tuning COULD save us a game. From a loss to a draw, or a draw to a win. Well thats how I look at it. Then in the hope the we do add, it can only get better for us. More than a single General of the Mid. We need a team of Generals!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Debs

    Chamakh’s in England, according to Sky Sports website. Hmmm…

  • Yemi

    Just saw the nasri video, wasn’t much of diaby’s fault

  • Kuka

    ….I hope the poor guy (Diaby) is not killing himself over it. Appeared to be an accident and nothing more to it really…

  • KFC

    did anyone notice that the third goal against rangers were created by 3 under 20s ramsey, watt and wilshere. typical arsenal. fantastic.

  • Leeroy.N

    DEBS – Yea, I was just about to ask if anyone had heard anything more about that. Sounds promising. I am starting to hope we get him in. Reading into his words and the way that Bordeaux are opertating is pretty out of order. Tell him he’s not going to Sunderland (must thank for that) and then when we make a close offer, try for even more. Inflation is a killer nowadays. HAHA! But it is really frustrating him it seems, and he said he will leave on a free because he doesn’t want to play for them at all next season.

    YEMI – It was an awkward tackle, not really anybody’s fault. I am just praying for a speedy recovery, but not too quick, I want him fit and healthy ready to come back with no complications. The worst thing that could happen is that his rushes back and it’s too much to soon.

    Gallas is a doubt for our next mach along with Vermaelen, so I expect to see Senderos, Djourou and Silvestre heading that back line.

    One good thing I saw today is that Merida isn’t looking to go on loan, wants a new contract, wants first team and is willing to fight for it. He Really impressed me the other day. I just love his fearlessness and his die hard attitude. For a youngster he looks like a solid prospect off the bench for us and an easy option to start incase of injuries or to rest players.

    Things are looking up!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Leeroy.N

    KFC – Yea it was a brilliant goal. Just love watching them never give up on the play. Watt chjasing the ball down and bullying the defender. Ramsey holding the ball up brilliantly in the box, then spotting the run and the pass was inch perfect. Then Wilshere, cool and confident finish from him. Great goal!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • bayo

    i hope arsenal does not sign viera

  • hello

    .
    WILSHERE = No more worring about transfers!!

    He is AMAZING!!… such a natural, finally an Englishman who plays football with pure elegance rather than just grit and determination… Maybe a first even??

    (Not too impressed with Merida – gave away possession too much, but Jack may have just made him look bad!!)
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    .
    ————–Almunia————–
    ———————————–
    Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelan – Clichy
    ———————————–
    ——– Fabregas – Vieira———
    ———————————–
    —Wilshere – Arshavin – Rosicky—
    ———————————–
    ————-Van Persie————

    HOW COULD WE EVER LOOS THE BALL??

  • Yemi

    @hello: you wrote “WILSHERE = No more worring about transfers!!” but i say NO, WRONG.
    WILSHERE = Only DM transfers left outstanding!!. We do need a DM.”Not viera !” Viera could be added as a retirement benefit for him but get someone in the mould of gattuso, flamoney, mascherano etc….

  • hello

    YEMI… I agree, It would be good to get Vieira on board, but you’re right… we do definitely still need a General to destroy things in there.

    Just go a bit excited over jacky-boy-jackson!!

  • Leeroy.N

    Wilshere is Amazing no doubt, but he isn’t the answer to our problems in DM and CB. I take nothing away from him, and if we intend to out-score teams he will assist that no problem. But even that isn’t the case, he’s still only 17 and has alot of growing to. No use adding more unnessacary weight he is already carrying on his shoulders. I’ve been hearing people say he is a better footballer that Walcott is.. and I agree. His football mind, awareness and ability is off the charts for someone his age.

    About that DM position. I don’t believe Vieira is the solution to that either. I would consider bring him back, but only as a symbolic sgning. A mentor and a role model for the young midfield. Then maybe have him getting in to the coaching aspect of the team. It’s a big ask to find someone who will have all the attributes to help lead us to the top of the table. But it’s all down to what the team do on the pitch, rather than one miracle signing. It will be good to see if we do indeed get someone in for that position, although I can’t think of anyone good enough who would realistically leave where they are to join us. Mainly because they are already getting honours and silverware.

    Chamakh in London? Good for us? Who knows, but how could it harm us to pick up a striker for less then 10mil. I’ve said before I have studied his vids on youtube and googled him to death. The good thing is, not all his vids are about his glory, there are alot of the videos which show him mis-fire and off target, but then you see him in the same game, hitting back wave after wave of attacks which did impress me. I hate seeing players give up, I hate seeing players stop running after a ball. The only time I feel a player shold stop, is when they hear the whistle. He could be great or he could be average, but so was, Toure when he first joined, so too was Adebayor, Anelka was average, Henry was Average and Vieira aswell. All good prospects, but unproven in the toughest and fastest league in the world. IF we do see him in our colours, I’m sure Wenger has a trick or two up his sleeve with him.

    I would like to see one more addition to our backline. Seeing Eboue share that Right Back role with Sagna is what I would prefer this season, make him concentrate on that role. Then they we would get the best out of both of them fighting for that position. Left back is firmly covered with Clichy and Gibbs, but I would have prefered to have Traore stay and challenge for the position too. So that leaves Centre Back. Gallas and Sivestre are rapidly reaching mid thirty. Fitness and injuries are prone to them now, and while Senderos is a doubt in confidence and whether he will be with us next season, that only leaves Djourou and Song as decent cover. I would prefer a slightly more experinced back.. maybe not in years, just someone who has dedicated they life to that role. Who knows it in and out, rarely travels forward, studied and is happy with that position. Mamadou Sakho would be perfect, fully established in his role. Big, strong, commanding in the air, fearless and very intelligent.

    Lets see what the month of August has in store for us. HAHA!

    Gooner Til I Die!!!

  • Demzz

    out to leeroy spot on..

    i do agree viera is more of a symbol nw den a player who can help arsenal even though i no he wont b the same maybe dts the voice we need 2 keep us together.. and more believe someone with more fight! i loved seeing viera play man.. he was like tony adams man and ian wright.. the brother made sure he plays and if he gets sent off dts how far he willing 2 go 2 win!! damn those days! was the days!! beat man u.. beating chelsea.. beating liverpool who has never beating us at home 4 a very long time! missed them days i cant take getting beatern 2 aston villa.. stoke and fucking hull!! we r way better then dt! only thing when we start 2 pass we have like 11 men behind the ball so we gonna get caught out on the break! dts why i love when we play the big 3.. its end 2 end action!

    anyways back to that video u can actually hear nasri fibula snap! or fracture! dts sad to see man.. very sad.. diaby such a clumsy guy!

    and i watched wilshere play! he is what we need him and eduardo fabregas and rosk! and my fav vam persie and ashavin.. tru say! i wouldnt play eboue in attacking he plays way more better in defence! but if we do buy chamakah he would b a better adittion because i love eduardo dont get me wrong he just the guy dts always gonna try score no matter what.. but dt chamkah is a work horse.. he like a faster more talented tevez! and ill play him instead of bretnar and i feel the only reason wenger plays the centre forwards on the wing is because sometimes u have to have all that in your hand book! only if arsene was more defensive minded maybe just maybe something more could come out of this team!!

    anyways.. toure said something well he always saying something just like flamini when he left just like ade when he left and just like hleb who is on the bench!! lol.. well he said arsenal dont have no more stars!! in janaury was the 1st time arsenal has brought someone who was actually world class!! who i actually wanted to see in an arsenal shirt! arsenal dont buy stars he buys players and them turn them into stars!! and sells dem 4 triple the price! and actually makes them into decent players.. so for toure to say something like dt! is kinda hurtful! knowing dt money city is his new home and he is injured for a few months.. HA HA.. what ironie!!

    in arsene we trust!!

    without arsen were fuck fuck al!! lol