Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Monday July 30 2012
Arsene Wenger concluded that his side`s tour of Asia has been a success, but admits the Gunners have work to do defensively. "Defensively we have work to do because we were not stable in any of the games. That is where we have work to do. A lot of work."
The Gunners left Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker back in London, which meant they didn`t have the chance to work with the defence, with the likes of Ignasi Miquel, Kyle Bartley and Craig Eastmond being given chances. Bacary Sagna is also not available for the start of the season due to injury, along with Tomas Rosicky, "Sagna will be short for the start of the season and Rosicky will not be back until September, in my opinion.
'Rosicky did fantastically well for us at the end of the season so it is a big blow. The injury he has got comes from the European Championships. Theo Walcott and Gervinho are both ready, they are sharp physically."
The manager has experimented with playing Gervinho through the centre in training and in the Manchester City friendly, suggesting it`s an option Wenger is mulling over with van Persie, Bendtner and Park looking to move on and Podolski and Giroud lacking match practise for the first match against Sunderland.
In the meantime, German new boy Thomas Eisfeld, a £400,000 signing from Dortmund in January has earned his manager`s praise after two goals on the Asia tour, suggesting that he may be ready to step up to he first team, ""Eisfeld is composed, intelligent, mobile, he makes the game come alive.
'I think every time he came on you could see something straight away. He has an impact on the game.
'He makes himself available and his passing is intelligent and he is good in the box. You cannot teach a player that. He earns maximum points on this trip.'
Date:Monday July 30 2012
Team News: Everton vs Arsenal - Sanchez Upfront (Saturday August 23 2014)
Scout Report: Everton (Friday August 22 2014)
Everton v Arsenal Match Preview (Friday August 22 2014)
No Champions League Turkish Delight (Wednesday August 20 2014)
Besiktas v Arsenal Match Preview (Tuesday August 19 2014)
Injury Update: 2 Out, 1 Poorly But Still Travelled (Monday August 18 2014)
Match Discussion - Besiktas (a) (Monday August 18 2014)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Sunday August 17 2014)
Team News: Arsenal vs Palace - 3 Debuts (Saturday August 16 2014)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace Match Preview (Saturday August 16 2014)
|4. Aston Villa||2||1||1||0||+1||4|
|5. Man City||1||1||0||0||+2||3|
|6. West Ham||2||1||0||1||+1||3|
|Koeman Disappointed With Performance
» Southampton : 23/08/2014 20:41:00
|Dyche Disappointed To Leave With Nothing
» Swansea : 23/08/2014 20:40:00
|Defensive Performance Pleases Monk
» Swansea : 23/08/2014 20:28:00
|Disappointing First Half For Millen
» Crystal Palace : 23/08/2014 20:24:00
» Everton : 23/08/2014 20:00:00