Finally some relief from transfer speculation that had driven me crazy to the extent of checking each and every website or blog for the slightest hint regarding a possible transfer news. Alas, The Great One, answered my request and arranged for the first pre-season friendly against Barnet at Underhill Stadium .
Arsenal Starting XI:
Sagna - Nordtveit - J.Hoyte - Clichy (c)
Lansbury - Denilson - Ramsey - Traore
Walcott - Bendtner
Barnet Starting XI:
Carew, Yakubu, Devera, Gillet;
Adomah, Porter, Bishop, St Aimie;
The much awaited Ramsey started his first match in Arsenal's jersey.The first half was not so good for the Gunners and it only was a matter of time before Arsenalgot going. Arsenal started their pre-season preparation on a high by winning the game 2-1 thanks to two second half goals from Jay Simpson(63) and Nacer Barazite (74).
The first half saw Barnet taking a surprise lead .Unbelievably, Gael Clichy’s close pal in Kenny Gillet won a free kick outside the edge of the ‘D’ before smashing it past the stranded Almunia.That came as a shock to the 5500 Gunner's fans ,who had traveled to support their teams first game.The first half was rusty as far as team performance is considered but there were surely moments of individual brilliance.I think, its just that the players need to get back from their holiday mood and really slog it out, if we are to win a cup this season
Second half saw us changing the entire squad on pitch. I think it was pre-decided by Arsene Wenger. He had already thought of two sets of teams. Francis Coquelin was granted a debut in midfield. Seven English talents also took the field with Vito Mannone being granted the chance to impress.
Ogogo - G.Hoyte - Rodgers - Steer
Wilshere - Randall (c) - Coquelin - Barazite
Simpson - Fonte
It was then, just the guys had to see us safely to the final whistle to start the season with a good spirited win against a league 2 side.
I think Wenger would be especially please that 2 goals were scored by Second XI side which were playing under pressure of being a goal down.I would like to thank Chris of Gooner talk from whoom I have borrowed some Informations.If you want detailed Match Analysis Click Here.
Speaking after Arsenal's 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Barnet, Wenger stated he expects Adebayor to make his first appearance at training.
Thats the way to do it Arsene. If a player thinks he can have his way , you need to say him that he has signed a bloody contract and he must respect it.
"Adebayor is under contract," Wenger told Sky Sports News. "We expect him to turn up on Monday and practice with us."
On new Transfer signings, he said:
"Yes you can expect signings. I don't know where and how many, but we're in the market. If there's a good opportunity we'll take it."
That means we are in business friends and thats a bloody hell good thing to say .
For complete interview of Arsene Wenger with Sky Sports, Click here.
Clichy, came out yesterday praising Van Persie .I think Robbie has been really unlucky with his injuries. Last season when he was coming in his own groove , he got injured on the International duty for Netherland and never seemed to make a recovery for the rest of season. I feel he will set the Premier League on fire if he remains fit for the complete season and I think Clichy shares my view.
"He was unlucky to be injured last season so it was good to see him play game after game," said the Frenchman. "It was a big blow to lose him and I'm certain that his return is going to be a great bonus for us this season.Rightly said, Gael . You know what, you too are, no less mate.You are the one, who knows how to take on Ronaldo and make him a little whining baby.
"At Arsenal we have lots of players who can make a difference, but Robin is a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the kind who, even if they aren't playing fantastically, can change things from one free-kick, corner or one pass."
Bad news Gooners. Rosicky says he wont be back till September. Now I really hoped that he would be back fit. He hasn't had the start that he, manger and everyone expected of him at Arsenal. However he is recovering from the operation that made him miss the Euro 2008 for Czech Republic. Now with the operation done, I think he could prove the world what he is worth. All the best to you Tomaas.He had this to say, Click here.
I know I'll miss the start of the club season," he told Czech daily Sport.
"According to plans I should be back on the field in September."
Denilson, I think this is the season he has to come out and prove himself.With Arsenal running short in the Central Defensive Midfield department ,I think he has a great chance to take the place and make it his playground .For it though, he would have to play more regularly and give a no bull sh*t of performance each time. Thats a too much to expect from a 20 year old but with Wenger's Youth , you can never trust them. He says
“I’m just focused on Arsenal, but I know some other clubs were looking at me,” said Denilson. “Last year I heard Barcelona wanted to buy me, but I really like it at Arsenal.
“For me this is the best team, it’s where I want to be. I want to show what I can do for Arsenal.”
Well if he hadn't mention Barcelona it would have done a whole lot of good to everybody. However , since he has Arsenal in his future plans I can let that go by. No complains mate..
If you want to check out the entire comments Daily Express has it in detail.
I found this piece of information on one of the Blogs I regularly visit. Le Groove says we are about to sign Garreth Barry from Aston Villa for pound 12 Million + Justin Hoyte. I guess its a Win Win situation for everybody. I will not shave for a month if this signing does go through.Looking to raising long beards, till then Go Arsenal Go...................