The Emirates cup, the preseason tournament where Mexican waves are standard and high pitch shrieking is the norm.
The first half was a bit of a midfield bore-fest. Jack wilshere deserved a penalty early on, but the ref decided he’d rather ignore it.
Boca Juniors broke our high line early on but were adjudged to be offside. Pretty scary defending if I’m honest. It’s like our defence are told about the high line, but never ordered to practice is. Our defending from corners was a touch suspect, I do get tired of the sad fact that no one in our defence truly attacks the ball. You’d think after winning the worst set piece defence of the season award, we’d can in this zonal marking nonsense as just that.
Watch us on corners, we are marking fresh air, the opposition go where they want, follow the ball and often score as a result. What on earth are you doing there Pat, earn your money, stand up to the Emperor.
Just get it out. No nonsense. Give John Smiths a call, they’ll have a solution.
We broke the deadlock after Gervinho latched onto a long ball out wide, he walked the ball into the box, cut a perfect pass to RVP who buried it with no problems. A beautiful move. The simplicity of Gervinho is what I like about him. He’s no frills, direct and hungry to succeed. I’m pretty sure he’s been talking about joining Arsenal for years being his dream… now he’s got it, it looks like he wants to prove himself. We need players like that, he gets a big thumbs up from me.
‘He’s quick! He’s black! His forehead needs a slap! Gervinhooooo! Gervinhooooo!’ via @Ore_A1
I suspect he’ll get told off for not passing it across the line more, we need to make 55 passes to score, not one fool!
Jenkinson looks great as well, it’s hard to believe he was in the stands last year as a paying customer, now he’s holding his own as a right back. He has terrific control and a nice calmness about his game.
Traore started at left back and I can’t help but think he’s the man who will be starting against Newcastle. He’s played for Pompey in left midfield, he started plenty of games for Juve last season at left back and broke into the French squad last year. He has all the attributes to be a great player, bar a brain at the moment. Let’s hope he can develop that this season… and fast.
Nasri certainly didn’t do anything to satisfy me that he could be our solution in the centre of midfield. He’s powerful and direct, but he’s no Cesc Fabregas. Frimmers looked ok, a little rusty with the passing but rawness is to be expected with someone so young. Still have him over Song though.
Andrey was looking lean… like he’d said no to the summer pies.
Carlos Vela cut in from right, laid off the ball to Ramsey who nipped inside his defender and rifled the ball into the top corner with his first touch!
Mannone made a superb save from a long range Boca effort. Is it me or does anyone else think he Commodus from Gladiator.
Squillaci did his usual, lost the ball in a dangerous area, allowed Boca to run at our box, the end result, a goal. It does beg the question, what does that man have to do to be deemed not good enough? I’d rather take a risk with a player who could go onto to great things, over a player we know is at the peak of never seen powers. You know, like a benched Bartley. The crowd seemed to agree with muffled boos.
Moments later, JD slipped over a through ball allowing Boca to slip in and score another shocker. Slightly louder jeers. It was shambolic defending, but to those of us who can remember as far back as 3 months, not exactly shocking. The same players, same coaching staff, same result.
Nasri wearing the captains armband made me laugh… a day after complaining that we shouldn’t give the armband as a bribe, Wenger’s at it again. What a f*cking joke. Has the arm band got no prestige anymore? It’s embarrassing Nasri took it… shameful stuff all round.
Jenkinson got skinned again conceding freekick in a dangerous area, the resulting freekick was well kept out by Mannone.
Eboue coming on the pitch made it even worse… what he’s even doing in the squad? He seems to be saying all the useless players he can’t get rid of, aren’t useless, Bendtner, Eboue, Squillaci, Denilson, I expect we’ll see Almunia today!
I just hope he’s not paying Cesc, all that money to be sitting in the stands, it’s obvious Barca don’t really want him, stick him on the transfer list and think about Arsenal for once Wenger.
Interesting to see Thiago scored again for Barca against the Mancs yesterday, I really rate that kid and I suspect he’ll get the nod over Cesc before too long if he went there, that would be poetic justice on a Hlebesque level.
Red Bull New York up today, I wonder if he’ll stick Bartley on with Vermaelen at the back, I hope so, we’ll find out soon enough.
You sometimes wonder if Wenger likes hacking the fans off?
Have a great day Grovers, at least we get to see us win some silverware if we win today! Well and hope that Boca don’t score more than we do.
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