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Gervinho 2-1 Carl Jenkinson

by on July 25, 2011

Arsenal 2-1 Cologne in other words. Naturally, the highlights and post-match reaction are available on Arsenalist. Quick thoughts on the match as there’s a bit to say today. Good to see Fabianski back, Mannone looking more confident than usual. Jenkinson drawing Dixon-esque comparisons, let’s hope that’s a sign of things to come. No Traore a bit of a surprise, not sure whether that’s a niggle or a move away, hope not as Gibbs’ usefulness further up the field often leads him to neglect his defensive duties. Koscielny was a bit rash and un-disciplined while Djourou and Squillaci both seemed to forget it was a friendly. Conor Henderson picked up a knock deputising for Gibbs, still waiting for results of that scan, looked like a twisted knee. Song was disappointing, Ramsey was poor as well, giving away possession.

Wilshere impressed in the build-up to both goals. Walcott got an assist while Gervinho looked top-class with his movement, a mixture of Ljunberg and Pires. Chamakh did more defending than attacking, his drifting as a false number 9 allowed Gervinho to get in position for the two goals though. Needs to score soon for confidence one fears.Miyaichi replaced Gervinho who hurt his knee scoring the second, looked good as always, his pace works well on the counter with Walcott. Vela and Van Persie didn’t do much as game fizzled out in the second half. In fact, neither did Rosicky or Nasri. Frimpong kept on pressing though. Arshavin looked bright.

If you want a more tactical report, here’s a good one from ArsenalReport. The boss spoke to the press after the match speaking about Gervinho and pre-season in general.

We played at a good pace in the first half and looked dangerous. Gervinho had a good start and that is always important for his confidence. Overall, I liked today. We took many risks and were exposed to counter-attacks but, overall, I am happy.

He has shown his qualities. He has quick movement behind [the defence], the timing of his movement is great and he is easy to find. We have seen what he can bring to the team and he contributes to the high pace we have in the team.

The team is not completely ready but it was the end of our first phase of preparations and it was important to win the game.

While the first team got a trip to Cologne, a young Arsenal XI had to make do with a trip to Stevenage where Chuks Aneke scored the only goal of the game in what was obviously then a 1-0 win. Speaking of young Arsenal players, it seems we’re beginning a bit of a clear-out with JET apparently offered terms by Ipswich in a £1.1m deal, Rhys Murphy ready to go on loan to Middlesbrough and James Shea having a trial at Dagenham and Redbridge.

With Eboue apparently off, rumours of a bid from Turkey for Andrei Arshavin and the futures of Cesc and Samir up in the air, it makes you wonder whether we’re looking to clear out the first-team as well before bringing players in, with the new 25-man squad rules as well we obviously need to look at moving players on before bringing them in. In terms of bringing players in, we’re hearing that Arsenal could up their bid for Phil Jagielka to £12-13m, playing hardball obviously. In other news, we aren’t signing Mata apparently because although the manager said they’ll accept a high enough bid, the president or someone has categorically denied that they would sell the Spaniard. I would trust a manager more than a president but I have no idea what will happen.

On the saga fronts, Nasri didn’t show up for training on Sunday, but apparently he was kicked in the foot. Who knows what’ll happen there. Cesc-wise, Barca are apparently set to bid 36m euros + ‘variables’, the Metro reckon Thiago Alacantra could be part of the deal, Udinese have agreed to take a six-month delay for the payment of Sanchez so that Barca can afford to bid for Cesc and Lukasz Fabianski resonded to a question on sport.pl about Cesc saying ‘Well he isn’t here now, that kind of gives you the answer’. Like everyone else, I would love to see Cesc stay, but I won’t be tearing my hair out if he leaves, not only will we not have to put up with this saga every summer, but we will have a more fluid midfield and possibly more of a leader as a captain. Shoot me now Cesc lovers. Saying that, obviously I wan’t him to stay, you would be mad not to, he’s Cesc Fabregas!

I’ll try not to write much more, so here’s the next of the Vital Arsenal series about our FA Cup win, with the 1993 and 1998 wins under the spotlight. Finally, Tony Adams has been talking about the part that the late great Danny Fiszman played in helping Arsenal succeed as a club. Good piece. One last thing, a video of Gervinho vs. FC Koln. Doesn’t look too bad does he.

That’s it for today, if you haven’t already then be sure to check out Nick’s latest column: ‘There’s nothing going on, except Gervinho scores two’. It’s true as well. That’s it for today folks. I know, sad isn’t it? If you can’t wait until my next post, follow me on on twitter! @SavageGooner

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3 Comments
  1. I also support the fact that cesc going away wont mean the end of the world, if we do get alacantra, it will be worth the deal. he is a very good prospect and i feel he can fit into the first team quite soon and quite well.

    • Agreed, it still all depends on whether Barca can match our valuation though. At the moment that remains to be seen with their delegation not actually making an offer during last weeks visit.

  2. Jenkinson was quite good, despite his awesome own goal. Chamakh on the other hand, is a complete rubbish. And speaking of rubbish, our defending is also rubbish. It’s just bad. Please Mr. Wenger, buy a commanding CB to general the defenders.

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