Game Preview: Arsenal V BlackPool 21.08.10

Been too busy this week. So will do a quick preview of the game.

This is our first home game of the season. And I see a lot of excitement in gooners who go and watch it at the Emirates. Although the renaming of stands doesn’t affect us as such, we see it from far far away. But, if the fans are happy they will make lots of noise and that will sure add to the joy for us watching at home.

To the game, we have no new players but have two more out now. Samir Nasri is out for a month, and Frimpong may be out for atleast 9 months. Although, Song, Djourou and Cesc are back in the squad and I see the first two starting todays game.

Djourou needs to play and prove that the faith Wenger has in him is not undeserved. Song should play as he does and provides our back four the cover they really need.

Almunia in goal is scary, but what can be done about it.

Blackpool won away from home in their first game back in the EPL, so we should not take them lightly but Wigan is far from the team that beat us at the late end of last season.

All in all expect a good performance from us and nothing less than 3 points would do.

Up Gunners!

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Liverpool Vs Arsenal 15.08.10 Match Report and Analysis

So the season finally began for us and to be honest it was a tough away fixture. Playing Liverpool at Anfield is difficult even with the full squad, but we were already without Cesc, RVP and Song, who are the soul of our team. Then there was the dreadful thing which happened, to see Almunia in goal and on top of that he was given the armband.

I think we did start brightly and held the ball well during the first half. Nasri for me was playing brilliantly and Diaby and Wilshere were giving him able support. Despite the possesion about 58% we were not incisive in the first half and although we got free kicks in dangerous positions, nothing came out of them. Liverpool on the other hand, were defending deep and in numbers, cutting the supply to Chamakh, who for most of the first half, did nothing to attract my attention. He did not win any of the aerial balls thrown towards him, but fair play to the guy, he was still trying and it was his first game.

Gerrard made a bad tackle on Eboue, and went unbooked. Wilshere made a tackle on cole and he was rightfully booked and then cole made a lunge on Koscielny and was shown straight red. Koscielny was in agony and i was praying he did not have a serious injury or something. So, Liverpool finished the first half with 10 men.

The second half began and to my amazement, our players were complacent from the start, playing casually which led to their goal. JW sprayed a pass and Ngog beat the deadful Almunia on the near post. Yes, the defence erred but Almunia should have saved this one. for the next 10-15 minutes, we were absolute shite and playing as if we were the team with one man less. Liverpool were happy to defend and were trying to catch us on the break.

The manager brought Walcott and Rosicky and they had a quick impact, especially Rosicky was quick and sharp on the ball and provided the creative spark we were missing. The manager further brought in Van Persie in place of Diaby and we kept trying for the goal. Rosicky had a brilliant effort on the goal which Reina Saved. Walcott also had a free kick saved by Reina.

Finally the goal arrived, a cross came into the box and Chamakh went for it and forced Reina into making an unusual mistake. To be honest, i felt if Fabianski was playing in their goal. Anyways we got the goal, and to be fair, draw is what we deserved. The match stats show we had some 62% possession which is huge considering we were playing away at Anfield.

Zonal marking, Arsenaloffside and David pleat have said good thing about Nasri, to which i agree in some part. He was good.

Ratings

Almunia- Poor on the goal, and lacked any command in his box- 4.0

Sagna-  Was defending well, moved forward and gave Eboue good support. Should work on his crossing  -5.0

Koscielny- Was good and kept things tidy, will feel hard done, to be sent off on debut,- 5.0

Vermaelen- Solid as rock, kept going forward. – 5.5

Clichy- He was not upto his usual standards, quite a few spray passes – 4.5

Wilshere- Good for a debut, was the one at fault for the goal- 5.0

Diaby-  Was solid and shielded the defence well. ALthough trying too many touches at times -5.5

Eboue- Very good going forward, high workrate. Was disappointed to be subbed  – 5.0

Nasri- The midfield fulcrum, did everything right, should work on his free kicks and corners- 6.5

Arshavin- Relatively anonymous on one of his favourite grounds – 5.0

Chamakh- Should work harder, finally his efforts led to the goal though- 6.0

The Season is about to begin

So the EPL season kicks off tomorrow, although Arsenal play their first game away on Sunday at Anfield. Nonetheless, with some real football back on menu, its all what you want is some beer and football. Hope, the teams that kick of the campaign provide us that.

As far as Arsenal are concerned, and I am concerned only about them, we have had a pretty sad transfer campaign, as many as six players leaving and only two coming is nothing but sad. Although, I had expected Arsene to not buy a keeper, but going into a season with just three recognised center halves is absolutely stupid. And with Djourou already injured, we are down to our bare bones from the first game. I am praying that nothing untoward happens to Mr. V or Mr. K. If at the end of this season, we feel that injuries hampered us, I will disagree. Arsene did not buy enough, you cannot go into a full season with just three center halves, two of which are very inexperienced. And to add to that, we have clowns in goals like Almunia and Fabianski, I cannot see at this moment how our defence will stop leaking.

To the game now, I believe we have 6-7 players ruled out already, so a lot of new faces in the first team or players in positions they are not known to be playing. God help us. I am not the one for gloom and any team Arsene puts out there, I will support them with my life. But, Arsene I hope that you see how desperate us fans are to know what you have it in mind. We need signings who can come in play and straight away.

Expected line up
Fabianski

Sagna Mr K Mr V Clichy

Wilshere Frimpong

Nasri

Walcott Chamakh Arshavin

Here to a great season. Hoping for a winning start and Arshavin to do what he always does to Liverpool 🙂

Come on Arsenal! Come on you REDS!

Pre Season Starts And Cesc Saga Goes On

Season Kicks off.

So we kicked off against Barnet FC. To be honest, without any disrespect to the hosts, it was never going to be tough and so it proved when Arshavin opened the scoring just two minutes into the game. And then came more through Simpson. The good thing was Jack Wilshere was involved in much of the midfield play and was in the mix of things for all the three goals in the first half. The fourth came from Nasri who slotted home when a the defender missed a back-pass. The squad looked nice, but you can’t read much into it, Can you?

Notable Absentees

The major news from the game, was that neither Eduardo nor Almunia were anywhere near the ground.  The boss said Almunia was ill and we do not have “A No-1” at the moment. Also, reports in Croatia suggest Eduardo is off to Shakhtar Donetsk for something around €7mill. I feel gutted for him, but till we have cunts like Shawcross/Taylor, such things will keep happening. Good Luck to him

Cesc Stays

The boss categorically stated that Cesc is going nowhere and he was very absolute when he said, we need to tell the world that we do not sell just for the sake that someone wants our players. I hope AW can make Cesc understand that his future is here.

But the cunts from Barcelona are not stopping, they still are trying to get him. Press reports Rosell will be in town on tuesday to make a last ditch effort. I hope he gets the door smashed into his face. In the meanwhile, Pep Guardiola thinks getting Cesc will cost a lot (isn’t that obvious).Anyways I will leave them to ponder.

I still feel that this is not yet over, there may be twists and turns.

Joe Cole to LFC

Today another transfer fire has been tamed with LFC announcing that Joe Cole has signed for them. I never wanted him, unless we were planning to sell Rosicky/Cesc/Arshavin. And I feel we have done a nice thing by not deciding to pay such high wages to a player who has a history of injuries. We don’t want another one, do we?

And the end bit

There are  reports Robin Van Persie will wear no 10, as AW confirmed that Gallas and Silvester have left the club.

Also our young lad Tom Cruise scored the winning goal for England U-19 last night.

Up Gunners!

Gooner Implex

Transfer Frenzy and Pre Season Starts

So we have witnessed the mega transfer saga of this season “Cesc to Barcelona” for the last three months. I think this has all the traits which were there in “Ronaldo to Madrid” in 2008 which finally took place in 2009. Something similar to what the Barcelona are saying about signing Cesc next season. Anyways we will see about that.

The other transfers we have are Chamakh who comes on a free, and Koscielny on about 8.5 mill pounds. Thus, the french speaking contingent in our squad is stable, two  (Gallas and Silvester) leave and two come. We have seen Senderos leave too to Fulham, I wish him good luck. He was a great lad but that night at Anfield, I lost all I had for him.

I still think we need two more signings, one defender and one goalkeeper. We have been linked with gazillion of either kind, but looking at how Arsene has operated in the last two seasons, bringing in players very soon, I am having that bad feeling that we will get no more.

One reason for that is Almunia and Fabianski, the big culprits of last season are both in the squad for, our first pre-season friendly against Barnet. We should have given the kids, Mannone and the other guy, a chance if we were about to let either Almunia or Fabianski go. But we haven’t and hence I am having a pretty bad feeling. Other than that, we might see some first teamers and the new joinees involved.

Other than that, Denilson is injured again and the people involved in the worldcup have not yet arrived, so still time to see our full squad. I think we will see more of it in the Emirates Cup.

So, Gooners, have a nice weekend.

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Gooner Implex

World Cup 2010: A tactical review (via Football Further)

Awesome Blog Post.

World Cup 2010: A tactical review At the dawn of the tournament Football Further posed ten tactical questions that the World Cup would answer. Three days after Spain's tense extra-time victory over the Netherlands in the final, the answers to those questions reflect a tournament in which defensive rigour was overwhelmingly de riguer and tactical innovation conspicious by its rarity. 1. Will freshness or preparedness prevail in Group A? Having played just one game in the build-up … Read More

via Football Further

The New Season is knocking

With the world cup over, and the team I had bet all throughout, having lost its well and truly the time to really bring the right colours to this blog. Yeah, this blog is focussed more on club football, rather than international tournaments. If you don’t already know, I am an Arsenal FC fan and the blogs that I will be doing will be more and more about us only.

The focus will be EPL, UCL, FA Cup and Carling Cup and the occasional international matches that our players will be involved in.

I would like to apologise for being irregular during my reporting of the world cup. I am hoping to be more regular, atleast 2-3 posts a week 🙂 I hope you all can pardon me for being a being late at times, as I have to work sometimes 🙂

I will always be live with #ArsenalFC tweets on twitter. You can follow me @implex

And in the end, Congrats to Fab4 for winning the worldcup, but he cost me an iPAD. Better luck RVP11 next time

Till Laters

Implex