Monday, 13 August 2012

van P€r$i€ sent a message -Arteta's injury -Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski shine

Morning Gooners.

What a cracking way to finish pre-season. A 4-0 victory over Cologne has set us up nicely for next weekend's season opener against Sunderland. All three of our new signings made their debuts in our new away kit and all made an impact on the game.

Santi Cazorla was everywhere and his passing was superb. He set up the first goal, taking the corner which Per Mertesacker flicked on at the near post for Thomas Vermaelen to head home. I'm sure Steve Bould has instigated that corner routine. It was very Bould-Adams from days gone by.

The little Spaniard should have got on the scoresheet but his one chance saw his shot saved by the keeper. Olivier Giroud was fantastically mobile and also had three chances to stick the ball away but it was not to be for the Frenchman who looks a promising signing.

As for Lucas Podolski what can you say. The man was having a quiet game until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was tripped up. The German stepped up and cooly slot home the spot kick. He added his second of the game after a give and go with Kieran Gibbs which the striker got on the end of to powerfully strike home.

Arsenal were defensively sound and I liked the way they lined up in a bank of 4-3-3 when they didn't have the ball. Vito Mannone fumbled one effort but was generally fine.

The second period saw Arsene Wenger make ten changes. Podolski the only man to keep his place. Gervinho - arguably the player of pre-season added the fourth with a fine solo goal. There could have been more goals but four was a nice score to end the game on.

Robin van P€r$i€ did make an appearances as a second half substitute for the final 22-minutes coming on for Podolski. There wasn't much you could hear from the TV sound of the crowd as the German fans were applauding Podolski off the pitch when van P€r$i€ game on.

But what was telling was the traveling Gooners rendition of: "Lucas Podolski, he scores when he wants."
Certainly the new man made an impression where as van P€r$i€'s contribution was minimal. Even Serge Gnarby saw more of the action than the Dutchman.

There were also boos for the the want away striker from a contingent in the away section.

Afterwards Arsene Wenger said:
"There’s no news on Van Persie. Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited. 
"Anything I could say about Van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it. 
"Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player. 
"He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more."
Of course the manager will want our best player of last season to stay at the club but I'm sure he's realistic about it. If a bid came in, just like Samir Nasri last season, he'd be sold because our business model cannot cope with players being sold on the cheap or us not getting a penny for them.

Mikel Arteta didn't play because of injury. At this stage it's not known how long the Spaniard will be out for. Hopefully it is just a precaution not to play him because we know how vital he is to our team.

Finally the Daily Mail report that Ryo Miyaichi is finalising a loan move to Wigan where he'll spend the season to gain more experience of the Premier League.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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