Well second day in a row that we’ve blown a lead and I’m sure there are many worried Gunner fans out there despite it being a preseason game. It’s quite laughable that the Emirates Cup was won by an MLS team but oh well, there’s always next year! Arsene Wenger should know what he needs to do now to make this team successful and it all depends on whether he’ll do that or not.
Our first half looked decent with Gervinho once again impressing with his movement and skills, as well as Van Persie putting on a good display. Ramsey did okay but missed a few key opportunities in the game and the opening came from a Tomas Rosicky free kick off the head of Robin Van Persie.
One worry is Jack Wilshere who had a knock to the ankle so we are hoping it’s not too serious. He was able to jog off the pitch on his own and ran down the tunnel. Benik Afobe replaced him and showed flashes of talent. He looked good although having to play from the wing which is not his favorite position. If he stays at Arsenal and plays in our Cup games then he is our replacement for Bendnter…assuming anybody actually wants Bendtner.
Our second half lacked a lot of creativity but I think many fans were happy to see Kyle Bartley replace Laurent Koscielny late in the game. I don’t think many are too happy about it anymore though as he put the ball into his own net. Now I can’t really blame Bartley for the own goal because there wasn’t much he could do, and if he doesn’t make contact the Red Bull right behind him would have. What I do blame Bartley for EVERYTHING before that happened. The ball came in on a corner and bounced right in front of Bartley, he just watched on lazily and did absolutely nothing to clear the ball. He may not be the only one that’s guilty but he was right in front of it and didn’t even try to out muscle the guy in front of him.
I’m not upset that we tied because it’s preseason and its the Emirates Cup and I’m confident we’ll see 1 or 2 signings this coming week. What I am concerned about though is Arsene Wenger being content with us playing well for 60 minutes. Yes the players have heavy legs and were training all week in Germany. What happens though next March, April, May when we’ve had a long season and are still competing for trophies? We’ll have heavy legs then and 60 minutes won’t be enough for us to win trophies!
I do believe we’ll strengthen the team this week, but we could see Fabregas leave, we may even see Bendtner, Almunia, and Eboue jet off so it could be a crazy week. We have members day on Thursday and Benfica on Saturday so we should have a full week of rumors and gossip and all that good stuff! I’ll be a happy man though if we bring in our two reported interests in Mata and Centerback.
I don’t think we have anything to worry about yet though as Arsenal always start off the season quickly and with a good amount of goals, which is good that we have Liverpool and Manchester United up quickly. We also have to start thinking about Champions League qualifier as well with no Van Persie and no Nasri to start as they are suspended.
Lastly it was nice to see Nasri spend the entire game on the bench hopefully he’s ready to get used to that seat!