Arsenal kicked off their assault on the season with a quite delightful spanking of Manchester City. Beating any City side by a margin is exciting, but it is important to remember we did exactly the same last preseason. So let’s enjoy it, but not jump the gun on what we need squad wise and how hard we’ll compete this year.
There were some massive positives and not so many negatives, which is always a delight to note.
The right back come left back looked a very good fit for most of the game. He has a fantastic frame, he reads the game very well and he performed a solid job yesterday. He has a calm persona which is unusual with young players and he’ll certainly be useful this season. In fact, you’d have to say he’s pretty integral to the opening 5 games for us, seeing as the options are low and there were rumours Laurent picked up an injury. Someone I spoke to thought signing a £16m teenager was crazy, I think it’s great, snap up talent like that now and make them £40m talent in the future.
I’ve gotta say, I think he was our man of the match. Maybe a bit ott, but for me he made a couple of crucial saves, he dealt with the sun and some very nasty high balls. I thought the difference between him and Caballero was massive. The City new boy was really shaky, I think City have a problem there this summer. Joe Hart’s place is at risk as his Head & Shoulders deal (I geared this whole block of text to making that hair product quip). Anyway, a massive thumbs up from me.
I think like Ozil, he’s going to need some time to adapt to the league. At the moment, he looks to do too much and I don’t think he’s quite gelled in our system. But boy, you can see what’s coming. The guy looks like the healthiest man on the planet. That skin, so tort. His game is exciting as well, the ball sticks to his foot like glue, he’s fast paced on the ground and in the head and his runs are so tough to track. We’ve a player who can kill you from anywhere. He has timing similar to Freddie coming from deep, he can take the ball past you from outwide and he poaches from loose balls. Wait until you’ve got Ozil feeding him…
I feel the addition of Alexis is going to lift Alex’s game to different levels. He’s not the focal point like he was last summer. He has very similar attributes and he’s still so young. I love his direct play and lust to make things happen through brute force. If he can stay fit, this could be a very big year for him, it’s basically a delay break through year for him. Can’t wait to see what he can do.
I’m worried, really worried. We have one of the best talents on the planet and he shows no sign of falling off. He’s come back better looking, fitter and with all the same exciting attributes that made him last seasons half season player of the year. Sanogo played him a pretty duff ball into his path yesterday, the touch to make something of the ball was world class in every way, the finish was just so very much Aaron. A beautiful player who radiates everything you want in a young footballer. Again, cannot wait to see how a fit Aaron plays this year…
… stay away Real, he’s out man.
He was made the captain for the game, which struck fear into many because that’s possibly an early indicator that we’re not going to go hard for a CDM. I told you yesterday the focus is on a centre back, but I don’t think Arteta’s captaincy spells the end for a CDM. I just think there aren’t many amazing names out there. I do think it’s odd to give the captaincy to someone who can’t play three games in a week… and was a visibly weak point in our set up last season. Not quite sure what the plan is, unless it’s similar to the captaincy rotations of a few years ago (can’t remember the specifics?) I personally think Per Mertesacker should have taken the arm band.
Read some people state that City weren’t interested. Well, if that was our team, and we weren’t interested, I’d be pretty disgusted. It’s a good sign that we have hunger in our side. It’s a good thing to win the Community Shield regardless of it’s importance in the grand scheme of things. It’s good to have confidence going into a new season.
… and hey, we’re still missing three World Cup winners.
This season is going to be very exciting. Liverpool smashed Dortmund and looked great, Arsenal tanked City and looked very promising, Chelsea have some interesting new signings and United have a manager who is delivering some impressive wins.
Could be as fun as last year…