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We Can't Even Win The Emirates Cup

We Can't Even Win The Emirates Cup

As the season draws ever closer, Arsenal hosted their annual "Emirates Trophy" over the course of the weekend, playing host to Boca Juniors, PSG and Thierry Henry`s New York Red Bulls.

There`s no real importance over the result of the competition other than getting in some good preparation for the upcoming campaign, however having watched Arsenal surrender a 2 goal lead over Boca Juniors that saw the Argentine`s secure a late draw and then a 1 goal lead over the Red Bulls you can`t help but feeling a scarey sense of de ja vu.

I was philosophical over yesterday`s 2-2 draw, the strong first half team easily out-played a very poor Boca side and we only gave up the lead once a very unfamiliar backline took to the pitch, however today`s team that let yet another lead slide was much much stronger.

True, the line up towards the end that conceded the late goal didn`t resemble that much of a first team line up, however the toothless attack that was readily unable to break down a New York team that had no other gameplan than to hoof the ball down the lines at every opportunity was very concerning.

At the start of last season Wenger told we Gooners to judge them at the end of the season, and the outcome of that was as sad as it was embarrassing, and it`s a shame to say that it doesn`t look like anything has changed.

Lots of possession, lots of fannying around the centre of the park not doing much of anything, nobody getting in the box, and scrappy late goals.

I stressed the point through the summer that we needed to get in all our transfers asap to get the squad to gel, Wenger responded (not to me personally of course) by claiming we needed to wait for someone to blink. Well I`m of the opinion that we should have been the ones blinking, we`ve saved more than enough cash to splash out on ourselves for a change.

The telling thing for me was that the player who showed the most desire in this match was a player who gave his all for the club, and today gave his all against it. Witnessing a 52 year old striker busting a gut trying to get back and help defend in the last minute of a pre-season friendly is exactly the kind of work ethic we`ve been missing.

With two weeks till the start of the season it very much feels like the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Date:Sunday July 31 2011
Time: 6:29PM


I've said before in the forums that our attack is as much of a concern as the defense. When the A team is on its fine, but as soon there is the slightest change to the forward line, we suffer. A lot of sideways passing, everyone congesting the center without looking to go in behind it really is a mess. I think another system that brings out the best out of the '2nd' attack is really needed, a case in point being Bendtner's painful attempts at playing as a wide man last season. Still optimistic, because a lot of our problems are internal, where you start to doubt is whether we have the right people to sort these particular problems.
31/07/2011 19:00:00
None of the big summer spending has happened. None of the ballast has been cleared out. We're full of players who don't want to be here and our tactics are stale and totally predictable. We've become a laughing stock.
31/07/2011 19:08:00
Suspect the Cesc and Nasri transfer sagas have distracted your players and that's why you've had an underwhelming pre-season. Sort that and I'm sure you'll improve, although it's worth remembering that pre-season seldom has any bearing on what happens once the real action starts.
31/07/2011 19:11:00
Anyone who thinks Fabregas is easily replaceable needs to think again. Gervinho looked very good again today though, and Afobe was also very impressive.
Gun 'Em Down
31/07/2011 19:16:00
When we won the Emirates cup on earlier occasions we didnt overplay it and now that we haven't won it, we cant overplay it either. The problems are there for all to see but it was an own goal from an inexperienced defender 6 mins from time that denied us the win. Not saying we dont need more quality back up in central defence - yes we do, but we cant overstate this draw either.
31/07/2011 19:25:00
Whilst that is true FCB, our past couple have performances have been indentical to our late season form that saw us win just 2 of 13 matches, I mean exactly the same. Lots of pretty football early on, maybe score a goal or two, then the other team gets back into the game without having to do anything other than just be on the pitch.
31/07/2011 19:25:00
Tbf deltaforce the ball was going in, cant really blame Bartley for that. All in all i thought we looked ok at the back, albeit against an extremely limited team, having said that i thought defensively Gibbs looked poor again today, he's gonna learn of that there is no doubt. However we are gonna pay through points for his education. I really am dumbstruck as to why a LB is not as much a priority as a CB.
31/07/2011 19:36:00
The positives for me we van Persie on the score sheet yet again, Gervinho looks real quality and Rosicky played really nice!
31/07/2011 19:40:00
I'm liking the look of Gervinho. He's a lot more direct. We have a few chinstrokers, good to see someone taking players on and making runs in behind. He's got a touch of the Ljungbergs from what I've seen and I hope he can take that into more serious games.
Little Dutch
31/07/2011 20:44:00
Not going for a OTT reacton.Not because its preseason but little better can be expected from a team that is so unsettled.
31/07/2011 21:07:00
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