2-1 Final Score Arsenal v Cologne // Gervinho With Brace by Alex-Forty-Nine
25/07/2011, 17:37
Filed under: July 2011

Good Evening everyone, hope all is well. Sorry for not posting actively over the weekend was a crazy one for myself.

Lets begin with the Game on saturday. So having just rushed home from work and caught the game from 2 minutes onwards, first impressions on the whole, a good start by our Forward gervinho, no comment on the forehead literally!
He seems to have the instinct with his runs and has blistering pace, very direct for once and starts his Arsenal career off with two well taken goals. The midfield trio of Song,Wilshere and Ramsey is growing on me every time i watch them. Its fair to see the first half Arsenal 11 had much more pace within the side and is far more impressive than our second half Arsenal 11. I enjoyed watching the less experienced Midfield with the Better defence in place i should add excluding Sagna, it allowed the attack of Arsenal to be more expressive and explosive when attacking not worrying so much if they had the likes of squid and Djourou behind them. The second half team were dreadful to watch apart from Arshavin, which if i must be honest has impressed be a lot during pre-season, looking much fitter and sharper already which is good to see considering how important the silent russian assassin is to our player. It is widely never taken into consideration what he does due to the lack of his work-rate sometimes which is understandable. Gervinho started for Arsenal and having only spent 30 minutes on the pitch in total, scored two goals and that will start him off with a nice confidence boost, great start in my view.  his runs behind the defenders were well timed and his direct play will prove a good factor for Arsenal in the coming season.

30 Minutes 2 Goals Lovely Jubly...

Going back to the second half team,  we showed no real urgency and without any real pace in the team we really did look abismal to watch, no real plan at all hardly kept possession and really didn’t threat the opposition goalkeeper except for Arshavin’s chances. It looked like we didn’t have a plan b and without any pace we looked clueless which also leads me to the point that without any pacy players in the Arsenal team we could struggle against any team and look rather Average.

The game ended 2-1 which we were quite lucky with IMO a good result as Cologne did test our defence quite a bit and a wonder own goal from Jenkinson, which is very unlucky but will be good to see how he reacts to it in the next game. It was nice to also see Nasri and Sagna consoling him at the half time break.

Its still evident that we do need a top notch Centre Half and i think Wenger also knows it, with the rumour mill doing its round im sure the silence will be broken in the coming weeks and Arsenal will announce a new signing perhaps before the Emirates Cup if were lucky.

A team slightly better than Cologne would not have walked away with that game losing thats for sure.

Thats that for this post.

Yours Goonerly.


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