Arsenal done gone done it again! As someone from Georgia would say.
Wenger lost his mind with rotation and basically shipped out a whole starting 11 and baked in a team of youth and fringe players. The big eyebrow raiser initially was over Maitland-Niles in midfield. Wenger seems to be having fun putting him wherever he fancies, which must good for the lad. The most prominent face in the starting 11 was Chamberlain. Jeff sat out wide with Iwobi through the middle.
The 2-0 victory was a fairly standard affair. Some very clever football and intricate passing, some ‘OH MY GOD WHY DID HE DO THAT’, plus some very rusty touches to boot. But look, that’s is what the tournament is for… getting energy into legs.
The goals were good fun. Chamberlain drove through Reading and buried a Theo-esque low shot for the first. His second came from a Giroud assist and a massive deflection. Who cares where it came from, confidence is imperative to Chambo coming good this year… and I think I speak for us all here, I’d love to see him make it.
So instead of traipsing through the details, I’ll just give my topline thoughts on what I liked / disliked:
The guy is industrious. He’s like a faster, more mobile workhorse much in the image of a Vardy or a, *cough*, Suarez. What I really love about him is the selfless attitude. He brings the front three into the game, he drops deep to help build play and he’ll square when he should shoot. A very Arsenal trait. There are still questions over his quality. Does he have what it takes to split a close game against Manchester City? Can he muster something out of nothing like Suarez to steal a game? I’m open to finding out..
This guy is a string puller. He was all over the park yesterday making things happen as a number 10. He’s growing into quite the player and I’d imagine the mentorship of Ozil and Sanchez is going to turn him into a combination of the two. The most exciting thing to happen to our youth team since we hid Fran Merida in the mountains. Interesting that Wenger is already telling him he needs to score goals… he usually waits three season to moan about that, so a progressive comment.
Some thought he struggled in the middle, I actually saw a lot of good things in his game. He’s very mobile, he presses from the front really well and he’s quite an ambitious young players. Sure, some of his passing was erratic and he made a bit of hash of a pass that put Reading through (great tackle Gibbo), but look, he’s young… a loan out next year will bring him along nicely.
I’m hoping that the batch coming through have a 10% bump in confidence knowing that the path to the first team is available to them. We’re seeing the fruits of the clubs labour. Joncker, credit to the man, looks like he’s shaped us up. We have a collection of kids many thought not good enough, showing they very well could be. That’s exciting to me. Iwobi is going to be a legend… and it struck me how that must feel for Chamberlain, because he’s being showed up right now.
Loved his body language: ‘I’m gonna work hard, but I am above this shit.’ Good for him. He showed up, he bossed his side of the park and he came up with the goods. He’s not above the league cup. But I’d like it if he were by the end of the season.
Good to have the Frenchman back. His bullet header after 3 minutes of coming on was a lovely tonic for our wide players. We now have a striker who can change-up the game and give us options. Imagine chasing a game with two up top? One big, one small… FOOTBALL FOOTBALL SUNDAY LEAGUE. It’ll be even more exciting when the mobile tall guy comes back. COME ON WELBZ.
Love this guy, shame he only cost £2m. I saw someone tweet last night, ‘we should just be fair and give Bolton the other £10m for him’, which was funny. He plays with both feet, he reads the game well and he just looks very solid. A great signing from the club and a big thumbs up to the scouting department who look like they’ve finally got their shit together!
Unbeaten in 13. If you’re complaining about that, you need to have a quiet work with yourself. We’re edging closer to November, a notoriously dodgy period for us. Let’s hope we can power through it and still be in touching distance after the next international break.
OVER AND OUT. x