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Thomas and Tomas Captain Arsenal In Draw

Arsenal played their first preseason game of the summer against Barnet FC at Underhill Stadium this afternoon. Arsenal were held 2-2, after going ahead twice.

While the game itself wasn't incredibly exciting, Arsenal fans did get a glimpse of Thomas Vermaelen and Tomas Rosicky. As the players came out onto the field in the new blue away strip, all the Arsenal players gave those two high fives and man hugs. Rosicky even had the captains armband. All the excitement out on the pitch was marred by Almunia though, who was sporting a new haircut. A bleach blonde top with brown sides. Comon mate, you should know better! Vermaelen started at left centre back. Normally that is Gallas' position. Maybe a sign of things to come in that partnership?

The game started out with a lively tempo. Arshavin had a go early on but it was well wide. Later on, Rosicky played a defence splitting ball into Wilshere, who swung it into middle. Watt beat the Barnet defender with his first touch, only to be denied by an excellent save. Arsenal wasn't the only side attacking however. Barnet nearly broke though with a couple of corners. Then Djourou and Gallas got themselves in trouble down by the corner flag, but Almunia easily collected the cross. Rosicky had a couple of brilliant touches to evade a defender or two, and then was fouled. But the Czech bounced up like a racquetball. That was pleasing to see. The game did die down around the 35th minute, and my phone was going off with news of Adebayor having a medical at Eastlands. Adebay-who?

Watt then was played through by Wilshere who found Arshavin at the back post and he smashed it into the upper netting. It was great movement by the little Russian to get on the end of the cross. It looked like Arsenal would go into the break on top, but Mark Randall made another foolish challenge and Barnet scored off the free kick. Randall hasn't learned from his red cards from last year. Halftime and the score was tied 1-1.

10 changes came at halftime with only Vermaelen retaining his spot. He also had the armband. Arsenal took the initiative early, with Barazite at the heart of it all. After an early penalty appeal, JET back heeled a ball to the Dutchman, who curled a scrumptious ball into the far corner. It's a third successive season Nacer has scored in this fixture. After the goal, the game again died down, and once again my cell was vibrating with news about Hughes confirming Adebayor's medical. Once again, I pressed ignore.

The game kept rolling along. Arsenal attack, Barnet attack, Arsenal attack... you get the trend. No clear chances being created. The ATVO cameraman was so bored that he focused in on Eboue decked out in a pimpin' hat on the bench. Rosicky was also on the sideline and he looked quite happy with his preformance, and rightly so. There was a game still going on though, and Barnet eventually equalized by sloppy defending from everyone in blue. Arsenal then upped the tempo in search of another winner. Jay Emmanuel Thomas pulled a shot just wide, but that was as close as Arsenal got. The ref blew his whistle and ended the suffering. 2-2 the final score. Nothing spectacular, but a good work out for the squad nevertheless.

Congrats to Thomas and Tomas on the appearances today. I'm sure we'll see much more of both of them in the upcoming season.

By the way, here's what a fit Rosicky can do for Arsenal next season.





Game against SC Columbia on Tuesday. We will see van Persie, Nasri, Eduardo, and others against the Austrian side. Cheers everyone.




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 18 2009

Time: 4:49PM

Your Comments

Did LD bet something on Rosicky never playing again?
Tom14
I hope not for his sake. I thought Rosicky was the star man today. You could tell in his play how much being on the field again meant to him. Promising stuff from him.
gunnerkid107
wow that was quick. Good article thou
gunner24
Thanks. There was plenty of dead time during the game for me to type it up lol. Who else saw Almunia's hair?! Either dye it all blonde or let it grow out. None of this mixed!
gunnerkid107
Or shave it off before he starts going all Paul Weller
Tom14
starting to hate these Barnet games more and more, serves its purpose though I suppose. Great to see Tomas back in action, looked like he was loving it didn't he. Anyone with ATVO, why is the lag so bad? Its basically impossible to watch a game, is it my settings?
hazzagooner
I was watching on ATVO, and the quality wasn't great but the stream was steady. Go to your 'My Profile' at the bottom of the screen and try to adjust the settings. Hopefully that will work.
gunnerkid107
OFFICIAL: Emmanuel Adebayor Signs For Manchester City
collow
cheers gunnerkid
hazzagooner
Note to Almunia : The term ' dodgy Barnet ' did not refer to your opposing team yesterday. Apart from that, a nice work out for all the boys yesterday. Great to see Vermaelen settle in, and even better to see Rosicky with a few ' two sugars ' touches.
Cockney Rich
Good to see that Thomas Vermaelen played the whole game, and that Rosicky was very happy to be back doing what he clearly loves Playing Football!
hackneyval
Thanks for the artical. It's good to get a review on our own players because these games are not even mentioned in Australia. Great news to hears Rosicky playing again. Hopefully Eduardo will be back in full force for next season aswell. If he can stay in full fitness i reckon he will be our top goal scorer no doubt.
FuiKaka
Rosicky started a good partnership on the left with Clichy in 2007. If he goes back there, would Arshavin have to start in attack? We're going to see some interesting formations this year if these guys stay fit.
Andy-bayor
Yesterday he played on the right so maybe that's where he will be moved to. I still think Wenger sees Arshavin as his left winger.
gunnerkid107
Good thing about our squad is versatility. We have Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin and Rosicky that can all play pretty much any winger/attacking midfielder roll. Although i'd love to have Cesc smack bang in the middle behind Eduardo and RVP. I dunno, it's almost like we got too much choice? Funny thing is i've had a few people come up to me, "What you gonna do now without Adebayor?" , to which i reply "Play 2 better strikers" :)
FuiKaka
Rosicky right, Nasri left and Arshavin off van Persie.
Tom14
 

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