… and we’re off.
Arsenal spanked a hapless Boreham Wood by a whopping two goals to nil in a thriller these shores have not seen the likes of in decades.
It was typically pre-season. Arsenal were a bit lethargic, a bit green and a bit rusty. It was a fun game. I only caught part of the first half, but I saw some of the chances that were missed by Sanogo. It was good to see Rambo back in contention whilst rocking a bad ass hair cut. We had Zelalem in the starting line up, perhaps considering a break through season this year.
The second half was a bit more interesting because I watched it through the intermittent spats of buffering. Olsson looks quite a handy player, he was getting in the mix in the same way Rosicky usually does. He was responsible for the opener, and actually, his older doppelganger Rosicky played him through the middle with a clever pass, the Swede (assuming here) turned it past the keeper.
The second goal came from a penalty that Benik Afobe won and scored. A nice way to cap off a casual afternoon.
I don’t really have too many highlights to sift through, I personally think Chuba Akpom is a far better prospect than Sanogo. I can’t for the life of me understand why he doesn’t get more bench time than the Frenchman. I mean, neither are ready, but Akpom looks faster, more mobile and more mature on the ball than Yaya.
Another highlight was seeing Diaby back in an Arsenal shirt. I don’t quite think he’s the player everyone seems to remember when we lose him for 18 months, but he’s available, he’s apparently trained his arse off to get back into shape and now it’s up to the injury gods to see if he can have an impact on our season.
Don’t hold your breath though… he certainly shouldn’t, he’d probably puncture a lung.
Wenger was fairly bullish after the game, he wasn’t too fussed about Jack smoking a fag, he said there’s a long way to go with transfers (he normally says something purposely effusive) and he said he’d buy a keeper.
Good times I’d say.
Transfer stories are juddering to a halt, Sammy K no longer seems like an option with Chelsea circling and Arsenal dropping out the race because of mad requirements for big cash. I get that. I just hope there are other options. We should just go hard for Bender… make it happen. Younger, cheaper and still German.
Ok, so not much to play with today. I’m in Paris tomorrow, I’ll be grabbing a meeting with the PSG execs, apparently they’re embarrassingly behind with FFP. I’m there to broker some deals.
Also, a lot of people asking about Shad Forsythe, he’s still coming, but he’s been away with Germany. He’ll be with the club soon, hopefully not dealing with a Tony Colbert induced mess!
Have a great day!