Can’t Teach An Old Frenchman New Tricks

  Theo Walcott #14 of Arsenal in action during the pre-season friendly match between Nagoya Grampus and Arsenal at Toyota Stadium on July 22, 2013 in Toyota, Aichi, Japan

So the Emirates Cup is now a day old which means the Premier League season is only a matter of days away from a welcome return for many fans. What can be read in to Pre-season form? well the club could more than compete with the minnows of the Asian Tour, Wenger insisted the Tour was very important because it would be a huge test for the players and integral for their fitness not forgetting the hot climate would make the training more intense. For the cynic in many including myself that Tour was about one thing and one thing alone. Money. Nothing new was discovered on this Tour, everyone already knew that these games would not be any test. 


On to the Emirates Cup another impressive turnout as there always is. There were a few boos sounding around the ground some directed at Higuain and some at Reina. I would have to say these boos were more directed at Wenger and the Board out of fan frustration for not adding to the squad as yet. The game with Napoli itself did not seem to show anything new from last season. More terrible defensive mistakes and struggling to impose themselves on the First half. Napoli had very good possession for large parts of the half creating much more. The ImpressiveLorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead after just 7 minutes, Jenkinson struggled to clear an exquisite 30 yard ball over the top by Gokhan Inler . Arsenal got a lucky break from referee Kevin Friend as he awarded them a penalty for some reason… he adjudged Valon Behrami to have fouledKieran Gibbs that was dubious to say the least. Justice was done however when Lukas Podolskihad his soft penalty kick saved by Reina. Pandev was minutes later denied a penalty himself as Jenkinson capped off a poor first half display by pushing him in the back, there was not a great deal of contact but in comparison to the previous spot kick that was a stonewall as “Sir” Alex would say. However minutes later Napoli doubled their lead with Hamsik slicing through the Arsenal Midfield, he played a delicate through ball to Pandev who left Mertesacker for dead, rounded Fabianski and made it 0-2. 


For Arsenal fans this is a first half that resonated massively with last season. quite a bit of possession no real chances created and defensive mistakes a very unconvincing first half. A lack of tactical nouse shown by Wenger yet again, whereas Benitez in the opposite dugout had set up his side perfectly.


The second half got underway and Wilshere looked a completely different player already, trying to take the game by the scruff of the neck. he glided past Inler played a lovely one two with Ramsey but unfortunately lacked a finish on his weaker right foot.


The game seemed destined to finish 2-0 in Napoli’s favour before a deep corner from Walcott, Giroud held off Paolo Cannavaro executed an overhead kick that looked like it was going wide but took a deflection off Sagna that re-directed it goal-wards Arsenal back in it. 


Suddenly Arsenal took it up a gear looked like they had gained an extra yard. Substitutes Oxlade Chamberlain and Walcott looked lively since coming on and it was on the 87th Minute they got the equaliser Arteta’s free kick was met by the head of Mertesacker, Reina could only parry it and Koscielny was quickest to react and headed home from close range. 2-2. That is how it finished. 


It feels that not a great deal has changed since all the echoes of “We can now challenge Bayern Munich” surfaced. A lot of strange Media reports as usual followed with the club having more medicals than your local A&E department of which one took place and he was free transfer Yaya Sanogo. All early indications point to another long and hard grinding season at the Emirates. as D-ream use to sing “Things can only get better” unfortunately I can see things only getting worse before that rings true.


Lastly the Saga that is Luis Suarez, the BBC reported yesterday morning that Suarez is seeking legal advice and may be pushed into submitting a Transfer request… this I can not see happening he would then lose several bonuses that would be otherwise his contractually. Also in The Sun tabloid they somehow were privy to information from a “close friend” of Wenger that he said and I quote” I will get Suarez”. this is laughable, It would appear that Tabloids can npw use this close friend tag to just print anything they wish to ramp up “News”paper sales. especially since now the Sun now charge for their “exclusive” online content. Unfortunately their is a history of papers exclusive content being absolute tosh. I cannot see Suarez going…. Not to Arsenal anyway. The only club that is stupid enough to sell there best player to a rival it would seem is Arsenal. 


Goonerscribe signing off.

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