Monday, 2 August 2010

Arsenal retain the Emirates Cup with win over Celtic

Arsenal 3 - Celtic 2
First half: Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, Djourou, Clichy, Rosicky, Frimpong, Wilshere, Walcott, Emmanuel-Thomas, Vela
Second half: Almunia, Sagna [Eboue - 62], Vermaelen [Koscielny - 73], Djourou, Clichy [Gibbs - 62], Rosicky [Nasri - 46], Frimpong, Wilshere, Walcott, Emmanuel-Thomas [Chamkah - 46], Vela [Arshavin - 62] 
Goals concededFirst, Second,

So Arsenal retain the Emirates Cup, our first piece of silverware this season - lets hope it's not the first and last piece we pick up.

The game started at a frenetic pace. We were creating some good early opportunities and in just the third minute Arsenal had put the ball in the back of the net. Who would have thought it? An early Arsenal goal to steady the nerves.

I'll have some more of that Monsieur Wenger.

It used to be fun when we scored all those early goals. Didn't see too much of it last season, not nearly enough, so hopefully this term we can try and do it more often.

So the first Arsenal goal was created by Theo Walcott down the right after some good workd from Jack Wilshere. Theo crossed the ball and on the end of it was Carlos Vela.

The game was entertaining and end to end stuff. Jack Wilshere put in a fine display.  I'm so glad that Arsene said he would keep him with the squad this season, along with Emmanuel Frimpong at his press conference after the AC Milan game.

If they keep up the form they're in, both could prove to be valuable assets this season.

Wilshere - who was the only player to last 180 minutes over the weekend - nearly had a goal himself. He smashed volley against the crossbar from a corner and followed it up with a header which was saved.

Unfortunately for Jack, he conceded a penalty after hauling down Marc-Antoine Fortune carelessly and naively. However that's not to detract his all round good work during the weekend.

There was a good 20-yard strike from Thomas Vermaelen forcing Zaluska into a good stop and Walcott had a free-kick, which was curling towards the top corner before being palmed away.

We got our second on the stoke of half time. Bacary Sagna smashed a left footed 18-yard drive inside the near post.

At half time Nasri and Chamakh replaced Roicky and Emmanuel Thomas.

It was Nasri who scored our third, continuing his good pre-season form. Good work by Walcott down the right made the goal for the Frenchman.

On 69 minutes Celtic gained their penalty but Georgios Samaras ballooned his spot-kick over the crossbar.

Manual Almunia played the whole 90 minutes and had little to do until half way through the second period when he pulled off a string of fine saves.

However he was beaten on 73 minutes and again on 82 minutes when we left the defense exposed.

Overall though, the Spaniard had a good game and couldn't have done too much about the goals.

The two games provided us with the stiffer test we needed going into the season which is just 13 days away now.

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