So Arsenal played their first game yesterday since the game at St. James’ Park, which was around 2 months ago. Usually, the first game of preseason is quiet and the players just want to get a feel for the ball. I must say that I was impressed by how fit and ready the Arsenal players were. Sure, it was the Indonesia XI, but the fact that they attacked and chased balls so easily for the course of the game is very encouraging, especially when you consider that Man City and Utd lost to similar teams.
So the match started off with Arsenal pressing high up the field, with Gnarby, Walcott, and Akpom being the players up front. In all honesty, every player was playing as a striker at some point or another. Arsenal’s first goal came with Chamberlain using great pace to beat a few defenders before passing it back for Walcott to slot home. It was a good finish and it was 1-0 till half time. The second half saw quite a few changes be made, with many youngsters getting an opportunity to impress. One youngster that impressed was Gnarby (who played a big part in the second goal). Gnarby took the ball past a defender before crossing to Akpom who delicately slotted the ball in the back of the net. Some experienced players then came on in the form of Rosicky, Podolski, Sagna, and Giroud. The latter scored a goal with his first touch following a Sanga cross. A couple of minutes later, Giroud scored a great goal from another Sagna cross. It was far to simple. Podolski rifled one in before Kris Olsson and Eisfeld both scored. The final score was 7-0 and in all honesty it should have been more.
Overall a very good performance to get you excited for the new season. Arsenal play on Wednesday against Vietnam, which could be an interesting game. You would expect to see a few more first team players in that one for sure.
In transfer news today, Man Utd have made a £25m bid for Fabregas, while Arsenal are expected to increase their offer of Suarez to £35m. It would be hard to see any of those transfers happening, especially with the offers tabled. Fabregas left Arsenal for £25.4m, so it would be hard to see Barca accepting a transfer for the same price. Plus, Barcelona have just sold Thiago to Bayern Munich, so their midfield is going to have lost a little depth. Barcelona’s midfield is aging also, and Fabregas is world class and still has many more years at the top. Why would Barca let him go? Also, does anyone actually think that Fabregas would join United? I know money is what football is all about but Fabregas isn’t that type of player. He made a ton of money at Arsenal and left for Barcelona clearly for sporting reasons. Usually that is just talk, but Fabregas’ values are too high. There is talk of Arsenal having a buy back clause in his contract, so if a bid for Fabregas was accepted, Arsenal would be able to bid as well for less money.
Anyways, have a good rest of your day.