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Emirates Cup and High Expectation

Hello yet again everyone. I trust you are all OK?

The Emirates cup is just around the corner and there is a bit more of a variety of teams in this year’s competition.

Paris St-Germain have entered for the third time. New York Red Bulls will represent the USA. There is a lot of hype surrounding them as it sees the return of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. As I am sure you will know, he is the clubs leading goalscorer having scored 226 goals in his Arsenal career. Boca Juniors complete the four team set representing Argentina. They are the most successful club in Argentina and are based in La Boca which is in Buenos Aires.

The selection of teams is interesting as most of the teams usually entered are from Scotland, Italy, Spain, Germany or France who are all very much local to the UK. However, this year, as well as having a team from France, we have a team from North America and a team from South America which in my opinion is a nice twist. Maybe next year an Australian team could play, or an African team. Who knows?

Moving on, let’s think about next season shall we?

A lot of people are going on about how Arsenal should win the league and if not, Wenger should go. But answer me this: 1. If Arsene leaves, who would replace him and 2. Having not won anything in seven years, do you seriously think we should immediately be winning premier league titles and the Champions League? I think not.

The best way in my opinion to start winning the big trophies, is to gradually win other trophies, such as the Carling Cup and FA cup, gradually start to believe that you can win trophies and then really go for it. It takes time.

Quick transfer news to finish and it looks very much as though Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is joining Arsenal. According to the Daily Mirror, himself and family have flown into London to discuss a potential£15m deal. In my opinion I think he would be a good signing but it does also point the finger that Arsene has given up hope of keeping Cesc Fabregas which means he is almost certain to leave for Barcelona. Another pointer that Cesc is leaving is his omission from the Emirates Cup squad.

The Times claim that Arsenal are going to up their bid To £13m to try to acquire Phil Jagielka despite Everton manager David Moyes valuing him at £18m. I doubt there is much truth in that but we shall see in the near future.

And on that note, let’s hope for more quality signings and a good tournament at the Emirates cup.

Until next time folks.

Written by Liam Mercer

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Injury News: Fabregas out of Asia Tour, Eboue Doubtful, Miyachi In Squad

Wenger, speaking to arsenal.com has said Cesc Fabregas will not be travelling with the Arsenal squad to Asia due to a muscular problem. Emmanuel Eboue is a doubt for the trip after injuring his calf. He said,

“We will take the strongest possible squad, Fabregas will not travel because he still has a small muscular problem. He will stay and practice here. There is a doubt about Eboue who has done his calf.”

Wenger has also said Ryo Miyachi will be in the squad for the tour. The Japanese forward enjoyed a impressive half season on loan for Dutch club Fenyoord, and has impressed Arsene Wenger so far in pre season training, which started on Monday. He said,

“He is on the plane because he is quality, We want to give him a chance to show his quality and I think everybody will be curious to see him play in Asia.

“I rate him personally [and] it’s a good opportunity for him to show that he has the talent to play for Arsenal Football Club. He has an opportunity to show that [he is good enough for the first team].

“He has done extremely well at Feyenoord and we have so many good reports. It will be interesting to see him play.”

 

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Fulham vs Arsenal Match Report

Arsenal failed to overhaul Manchester City into third place after a disappointing 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage. It was a largely disjointed and lackluster performance from the gunners, meaning Arsenal will have to qualify through a playoff to reach the Champions League group stage and capped off a very disappointing season for the gunners.

Steve Sidwell opened the scoring, which was canceled out by Van Persie’s ninth consecutive away goal. The Dutchman’s goal also meant he matched Henry and Ronaldo’s record of 18 goals after the 1st of January in one season. Zamora headed Fulham back in front but substitute Walcott denied a final day win for Fulham.

The gunners made four changes to the side which lost to Aston Villa last week, most noticeably Chamakh starting with Van Persie for only the second time this season. Arsenal started the better team, keeping the ball and passing it around nicely. It was the gunners who created the first chance, Nasri with a free header, but it lacked any power, and was consequently plucked out of the air by Mark Schwarzer in the ninth minute. Andy Johnson found himself one on one with the goalkeeper five minutes later, but was given offside to the disgust of the home fans. A Sagna cross then found its way to the far post, where Gibbs was waiting, who powerfully aimed it at Schwarzer’s left hand side, but a brilliant low save denied the English youngster a first premier league goal of the season. A Zamora flick on released Johnson who took on a snapshot, which was easily saved low down by Szczesny. Arsenal went 1-0 down in the 25th minute. Zamora made a run down the right, made his way into the box and his cut back found Steve Sidwell, who slid the ball through Szczesny’s legs. This goal came against the run off play, after Arsenal had the better chances and dominated possession in the first 25 minutes. However, just 4 minutes later, Arsenal were level. Abou Diaby made a strong run past the Fulham midfield before exchanging passes with Chamakh. Diaby then drilled a pass to Van Persie, who took one touch, then expertly slotted it into the bottom corner. This was nothing more than Arsenal deserved, who then looked to press on to find a lead. However, Fulham created the closest chance of the match without scoring. Murphy broke into the box, Szczesny came out but missed the ball, leaving Murphy with an open goal at his mercy but a stunning Vermalean tackle on the line denied Fulham a goal to put them in front. The ball rolled across the line and out for corner.

This was brilliant defending and was glimpses of the old Vermlean which is what Arsenal have sorely missed. There were no further chances in the first half. The second half started the same as the first half had ended. Fulham created the better chances, however none of these chances materialised. A Nasri free kick 25 yards out was palmed away by Schwarzer after it was heading for the top corner. Moments after this, Fulham retook the lead. A Greening cross from the left found Bobby Zamora, who’s bullet header left Szczesny with no chance. Arsenal were playing very poorly and nearly conceded again, when a loose ball in the box found Zamora, who’s cut back was smothered by Szczesny. However, this is when Arsenal started playing better. A cross from Van Persie was dropped by Schwarzer at the feet of Chamakh, but he couldn’t poke the ball goalwards, and it went wide. Wenger’s frustration was shown as he made 3 changes at once, something he rarely does.

Arshavin, Walcott and Eboue all came on. 6 minutes later Fulham were down to 10 men. Vermalean was taken out by Gera after a clearance and was shown a straight red card for his late, studs up challenge. However, Arsenal couldn’t capitilise on their man advantage until the last minute. Walcott’s bursting run  created space for him to shoot, his shot came of the post and in from the right hand side of the area about 10 yards out.

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