Report: Arsenal 2-2 Boca Juniors

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It was a tale of two halves as Arsenal began their defence of the prestigious Emirates Cup.

Opponents Boca Juniors proved troublesome at times, testing Arsenal’s offside trap and high line, while the home team looked lively, especially through new boy Gervinho.

And it was the Ivorian who caused the most problems, a darting run setting up Robin van Persie for a right footed effort which went wide. Later, Arsenal broke down the right hand side, Gervinho delayed his pass and this time van Persie finished with his right from close range.

Early in the second half Arsenal went 2-0 up. Carlos Vela’s run was halted on the edge of the box and Aaron Ramsey followed up to smash it home.

The game was played at pre-season pace and the Gunners were heading for the win before Sebastian Squillaci and Johan Djourou reminded Arsene Wenger why a centre-half ought to be top of his shopping list.

Firstly, the Frenchman gave the ball away in midfield, Riquelme drove on, played it to some bloke and some bloke smashed it past second half keeper Vito Mannone. Then, Djourou should have cleared a ball inside the area, but instead sort of waved his foot at the ball whilst falling over, allowing some other bloke to slide it home for the equaliser.

The defensive failings won’t come as any surprise to Arsenal fans but on a positive note we defended set-pieces pretty well. That is to say we didn’t concede from one, the first time that has happened since the beginning on the 1978 season.

Other positives included Gervinho, an assured performance from Emmanuel Frimpong, and another promising pre-season display from new boy Carl Jenkinson.

Tomorrow the Gunners take on Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls in the final game of the tournament.

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NB

No mention of Nasri captaincy?

argonaut
argonaut

Can’t say he was overly impressive today. Maybe we should just take Citeh’s money.

ken

There goes our best chance for silverware this season.

NB
NB

At least we’re in the running to qualify for next year

Stephen
Stephen

From the Boca game looks like Arsene and the defenders learned nothing. Rarely won balls from set pieces. First goal squillaci gave ball away. Second was a hole between squillaci and djourou followed by a missed tackle by djourou. Messy. I did like what I saw from koscielny in the first half. His passes created a lot if great counter attacks.

Hurley
Hurley

Hello? We looked rubbish at the back because none of those players will be part of our first choice back four next season!

Stephen
Stephen

None of those should be AT the club. Those mistakes shouldn’t be made by any Premier League defenders.

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

They are all the time, and Arsenal benefits from them. But yeah, Djourou needs to improve mightily.

5am
5am

if nasri was made captain then I can’t believe how much arse lickin wenger’s prepared to do….not what I’d call the right image of a ‘big club’

Junichi
Junichi

But he did wear the armband last year when Cesc, Vermaelen, Rosiscky and RVP were not on the pitch. Why change that? Because he hasn’t sign a new contract? Who should have wear it? Chamakh? Arshavin? Mannone? Squillaci? Djourou? Jenkinson? Traoré? Eboué? Frimpong? Ramsey?

NB
NB

Djourou

Ringo Star
Ringo Star

RVP is team vice captain,He should have wear it . YEP, Wenger is arse kissing

argonaut
argonaut

In the absence of TV5, RVP, Cesc and Rosicky, my next choice would be Ramsey. Not the want-away Frenchman.

JamesM
JamesM

Bit difficult for van Persie to be the captain when he wasn’t on the pitch. Did you watch the game?

Badaab
Badaab

Ramsey is entirely too young to shoulder the responsibility of being captain. He’s also not very vocal. Out of the players we had on the pitch, Arshavin is the most experienced, then Squillaci, then Nasri. Giving Samir a bit of added responsibility might have been Wenger’s way of saying to him “I have my eye on you.”
As for the order last season it was: Cesc, RvP, Almunia, Rosicky, Vermaelen. This year, I believe it will be: Cesc, RvP, Vermaelen, Rosicky. I’d also like to see Sagna’s name on the list. While he’s not a vocal player, he leads by example through hard work and application.

5am
5am

hurley – they will when injuries start kickin in……

Jrk
Jrk

That is the main fear and horror if injuries should reduce us to central defensive pairing of Squalaci and Djorou! Funny that Djorou does better along Kolschieny but is crap along Squalici!!!!

Jrk
Jrk

Can someone find an appropriate translation for ‘squeaky bum’ in French for poor old Squalici. Djorou is decent when he concentrates, but his rather frequent lapses in concentration always seem to result in the opposition scoring!

Badaab
Badaab

While Djourou did a crap job clearing the ball for the Boca equalizer, I’m putting Mannone at just as much fault on that one. He didn’t come for the ball, didn’t shout, and just stood there looking crap (much like a goal West Ham scored against us two years ago with him in goal). I think this speaks to the experience of our ‘keeper.

Ramy
Ramy

Loved Traore! Definitely best defender in 2nd half.
Djourou is not good enough as a 1st choice. There’s been too many errors leading to goals from him.
Jenkinson was good defensively. Can cross well too.
Wilshere was fouled a LOT. Deserved a penalty. Ramsey was a good sub and took his goal very well.
Vela’s dribble that lead to Ramsey’s goal was brilliant. Faded later on, mainly because Arsenal kept attacking from the left side of the pitch, so didn’t have a lot of opportunities.
Frimpong showed he is a good back up to Song. Held the ball for too long some times.
Was Hoping Bartley would come on. Would have definitely been better than Squilllaci

The Grand Old Duke Of Teddyshire
The Grand Old Duke Of Teddyshire

Same old crap with the defence we have all been going on about this for years and bloody years. When will Arsene get it into his fucking stubborn head we cant defend for shit. It fucking winds me up watching this shitty defence time and time again.

Also for those that say this is not our back 4 wake up and smell the coffee these are the squad players who will be called upon to take over when someone get injured.

They arnt good enough and I am sick and tired of this living within your means bollocks. The place is packed weekin weekout with people paying top dollar and the season tickets cash up front.
So fucking spend our money we put in year on year and Cesc fuck off if your heads not there and Nasri FUCK OFF and warm the bench with Cesc.

Rant over

argonaut
argonaut

Agreed re Cesc and Nasri. That’s the second pre-season game where Nasri has been undeserving of a pay rise, and not worth the money from City that we are giving up by keeping him.

Eboue's Grandpa
Eboue's Grandpa

Its frustrating isn’t it? The attack has you jizzing your pants before the defence smears it all over your face. I know, its that disgusting. Its not about the personnel but the technique. Wenger’s boys can’t defend against Ol’ Harry’s Ma and we can’t do shit. Lets just sit tight and hope Gervinho’s forehead and RVPs chocolate leg bag more goals than “Squallci” manages to allow …

ArsenalWhinger

All went wrong when Squillachi come on. I don’t beleive Djourou can defend properly when playing on the left side of the centre half pairing, he always looked more comfortable last season when playing on the right of Koscielny. Still not convinced with our midfield shape at times, we lose the ball at the top of the field and suddenly the opposition has loads of room to run into and the back 4 don’t know whether to push up or drop off. We still look vunerable at times, so yeah, not convinced, although it is only pre-season. On the plus side, Gervinho looks exciting and comfortable on the ball, and some of the other lads looked decent. Watching Robbie Savage on ESPN, oh do shut up you c**k.

Fabolous_fab
Fabolous_fab

“As Arsenal began their defence of the prestigious Emirates Cup” LOL – is it prestigious because its the only cup we ve been able to win lately!
Traore played alright(had forgotten he still an arsenal player)

Redsy
Redsy

Arsen doesnt know how to teach defence. He inherited Georges defence and if it wasnt for that he would never have won anything.
Same old mistakes year in year out the defenders are probably ok he is just playing a system with poor defensive coaching that makes them look worse as they dont defend as team…… Its the usual bollox of we can outscore you.
well we didnt against newcastle and we wont against anyone else.

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

“George’s Defense”: Lehman, Cole, Campbell, Toure, Lauren.

Oops!

AR
AR

Sol, Lauren, Toure and Cashley had nothing to do with Graham. Likewise the defensive qualities of PV4, Petit and Gilberto. I’d much rather have us play what we do and be entertained even if we lost 5-4 every other week than see us throw on 3 defenders for the last 30 mins to defend a 1-0 lead. It’s a privilege to get to go to the stadium and watch the team play and while it’s been frustrating these last few years, it’s still a million times better than watching any other team in the world. If the prices for tickets go up again next year and every year after, I’d keep buying them until I can’t afford them any longer, because for me they’re worth the time and money. I’d rather take 3 more price increases to my ST than get to watch the mancs free for life. It’s time we started supporting THE ARSENAL..no matter who plays, what we win or lose and who’s in charge.!

Sorry Redsy not all of this is meant for you but I just find an incredible number of hypocrites who call happy, contented and optimistic folks deluded just for being positive and then end up spouting so much negativity….you have to wonder if all of these people have such troubled lives!

Niro
Niro

Now this is someone who I’d like to have a pint with! Well said

Chamron
Chamron

Just afew quick points, Firstly Wenger says it’s not about how many players we sign, but about the quality we sign, and also whether the player adds something to the squad.

So will somebody please tell me what the fuck jenkinson

Jimbobsalamiface
Jimbobsalamiface

Jenkinson’s amazing… Always crosses when he gets the ball. Loves conceding possession. His crosses always go to someone on the same team too! Hmm.

Chamron
Chamron

Adds to the squad, and also what quality he has. Wenger is a liar, I thought it was gonna be a busy summer? I know we can’t sign messi, but nobody is asking that, but we certainly don’t want jenkinson, Wenger is a compulsive liar and until the fans realise that and stop turning up to watch that shit he will keep getting away with it. That team is pathetic, simple and plain, and I’m nit wasting 1 hour and 30 minutes of my life every weekend watching that crap, brace yourself guys, channel 5 on a Thursday is round the corner.

ZachCotner
ZachCotner

Then shut up and go support spuds.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

@Zach – Spot on mate.

Et al – Today was a run out for squad players for the most part. Yes we had some first XI there but the rest…

Positives – Traore has come back from Juve a MUCH better player. Gervinho looking good still. Set pieces defended well.

Negatives – Schillaci shouldn’t play alongside Djourou. Ever. I think he’d do ok with Vermaelen though. Djourou sadly lacking again when it counts. Probably would do better with Vermaelen. Bartley would a better squad player I think. In fact I’d prefer him as backup CB than Dj/Sch. Lastly we don’t seem to have that end game composure still. When the going gets tough… We fall apart.

Oh and off topic – stop bashing Chamakh, he scored 10 goals in almost as many games and yeh recently he’s been shit but come on he’s not exactly the lumbering idiot that half of you portray him as.

Eboue's Grandpa
Eboue's Grandpa

You know life isn’t too bad. We demand the best because “we” pay the highest ticket prices (am on the couch out here in Kenya though). But consider how much bitchy we’d be if we was like em Spuds who spend on average €60m a year yet can’t make it to Europe. Its not the money spent but how the players we have perform (Hello, Senor Torres!!). So if we hang on to Nasri, he better deliver the goods and win us some shiny. If we pay to watch “Squallci”, Djourou, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Jenkinson… WE BETTER WIN A TROPHY!! We support a team so that it wins. We really don’t care who breaks Terry’s legs while they’re at it.

kas
kas

I only caught the 2nd half. Someone mentioned when we lost the ball high up Boca had a lot of space in midfield. I totally agree. Maybe Song and Frimpong should sit back and allow the attacking midfielders do their thing. Speaking of which, is Nasri trying to force through a transfer playing like that. That’s not last season’s Nasri! If he does leave may he play like today the rest of his career! What can I say, I hold on to grudges.

Chezza
Chezza

Is there any reason that Chamakh is preferred to Vela as our backup striker? At all?

JamesM
JamesM

Cos Vela’s shite.

zachisatwat
zachisatwat

maybe because vela isn’t a striker ?

zachisatwat
zachisatwat

zach cotner fuck off about go and support spuds etc chamron may well be overreacting but some points he makes are right people have had enough where is this defender he is supposed to be signing? squillacci is shit everyone knows it except wenger djorou is capable as back up to tv and kozzer we need 3 new signings and still nothing happens ? afobe and bartley sat on the bench again yet he brings the clowns on again eboue ffs wasn’t he ment to join galatasary or is it bullshit paper talk ? now we hear spuds are signing mata wha tthe fuck is going on we need some stability in this side and experience not fagots like eboue and squillacci, almunia and bendnter somehow are still at the club its a joke the whole summer wasted and only gervinhoface and a back up kid at right back fucking piss take arsene wenger is a bellend probably a spud ey zach? i was glad in a way that squidman had a fit but was unfair on mannone, btw what happens to wenger if next season the club wins no trophies again and by the time the transfer window closes he hasn’t signed any new players?? will all the brown nose akb cunts keep it shut? doubt it

Jasonisimo
Jasonisimo

From what I saw, Bacary Sagna has a guaranteed space at RB. Yes, Jenkinson can defend, but his passing was not good enough. I think he was far too casual, from the 20 minutes or so I saw of the first half.

Turning to the goals conceded…

First, wasn’t it Ramsey who was caught in possession and gave the ball away in midfield leading up to goal No. 1? How did Squillaci figure into that to be deserving of the disparagement while Ramsey is in for none of it?

Second, Djourou was not good enough in the lead up to either goal. For the first, as ESPN commentary pointed out correctly, he should have stayed with his man. He got drawn away from him and had too much ground to cover when the pass inevitably went to his man. For the second, again ESPN rightly said, he was favorite to get to the ball. But instead of standing up and clearing, he tried a panicky sliding maneuver. The attacker came away with the ball and scored. Tsk, tsk. We do not have enough quality at CB to win the league. Wenger knows this.

Up above, someone said the midfield shape was wrong, because Riquelme et al. had too much time and space whenever Arsenal lost possession. That was definitely true in the quarter or so of the game I watched. Frimpong and Wilshere are young yet, but this defensive aspect of their game needs work.

zachisatwat
zachisatwat

it was squillacci im sure of it lol even if it wasn’t him why was he out of position???

zachisatwat
zachisatwat

on letting in two second-half goals…
You never want to concede goals, but overall I do not give too much importance to that. What is important for us it to find a collective rhythm. When we could we managed to play at a good pace for 60 minutes, after it was much more difficult. It was expected, we came back from a training camp in Germany with heavy work and I knew that the second half would be much more difficult.

what a smackhead

The BearMan
The BearMan

Arsenal looks like a team fighting for 10th place in the Premier League.

The first order of business is a defensive coach. Sending Squallaci on loan in Turkey, so when he messes up the fans will lunch him. Arsenal needs two defenders and one must be Chris Samba.

Should Arsene fail to take action to strengthen this squad, he and the Arsenal board will pay dearly!

The BearMan
The BearMan

Get the videos out to show the lads the mistakes they are making in the defense. I really believe they do not know what they are doing wrong.

tixka
tixka

missed the match today… but from what i’m reading above, not worth watching the replay. hopefully tmw’s better…

Gnasher
Gnasher

Squillachi out!

A solid experienced competitive central defender (preferably with EPL experience) needed now.

Highbury_Squirrel
Highbury_Squirrel

Um, have I missed something? So much reaction to a friendly. Just a friendly.
I was there, soaking up the sun and the beer. It was one of those days, chilled on the pitch, chilled off it. You can’t read anything into it. People are so keen to get the knives out. Just chill for a bit, the season hasnt even started yet.

Niro
Niro

Don’t you know, this may be a friendly to you, but to the gooner universe, this match is a tell-tale affair of how the season goes. Since we tied today we’ll probably finish 4th in the epl, maybe 3rd, possibly a semifinals in the fa cup, and quarter final birth in the champs league. good thing we didn’t lose, because that would have meant relegation, shame we didn’t win though, cause that would have meant a quadruple plus the fifa world cup too, and perhaps the womens world cup, but i’m afraid abby wambach and hope solo might put up too much of a test for us to compete effectively in that competition.

Stephen
Stephen

Were made because the exact sane mistakes that cost us last tear are what showed up today. No improvement in the most needed area.

Chamron
Chamron

@ zac

First of all there’s no need to swear bro, I’m merely stating an opinion. One that you don’t have to agree with hence why it is called an opinion.
Secondly some of the things I said were fact and not opinion, Arsene Wenger said it was going to be a busy summer, he also said he was going to add “quality” to the squad rather than quantity. So far he’s managed a 19 year old that barely played 10 games for a championship side that didn’t do too well last season, and gervinho who as far as I’m concerned is not the type of player we should be signing at this point in time. Now I’m not taking nothing away from the lad, he looks to be a decent signing, but al did Chamakh when he joined and now look at him. It’s as simple as this, Wenger says he is looking to bring in quality that adds something to the squad, but these days you get what you pay for, if you spend 1m on a 19 year old thts never played at the level he is currently, don’t expect nothing but an own goal on his debut, poor passing and crossing, etc.

I don’t like to watch what other clubs are doing, but when mine is doing nothing at all and others are splashing on real talent it’s bait hard. Like I said I’m not expecting him to go and sign messi or ronaldo, or any player of that calibre. But there are players out that he can sign and he’s not doing anything. The players we have at the back are shocking( minus vermalen) they are not even squad players in my opinion. Perhaps sagna is but the rest have got to go, they just aint good enough, yet he’s done nothing about the situation. So zac you can tell me to go and fucking support spurs, that’s fine but one thing I won’t be is getting my hopes up like you this season. I’m an arsenal fan till the day I die, but I’m also realistic, and right now the team is shit. People work hard all year round and don’t earn half of what some of these guys earn in a week, yet they still go and give away their hard earned cash and get nothing in return. Wake up Zac this cannot continue anymore, the fans deserve a he’ll of alot more than what we are getting.

James
James

Can you believe Wenger gave Nasri the Captain’s armband? What’s that, a pathetic last attempt at getting him to stay. What a joke this manager is, a complete fucking embarrassment.

jgunz

its sad to see the same points/problems occuring season after season, on a brighter note this defensive lapse will force us to buy a least one of the two central defenders we need.
jagielka for mental strength and chris samba for brute strength.
……can you see stoke,blackburn,bolton,or wolve elbowing samba and not reciving some punishment for that action.

Badaab
Badaab

My thoughts on today’s match:
First half… great, free-flowing pace to the match. We held possession pretty well, and pressured down the flanks nicely.
Second half… same old, same old. No communication between the CBs and ‘keeper, lots of dawdling on the ball instead of passing forward. Looked like four Denilsons on the pitch with all the sideways and back passing we had.

Players:
Man of the Match: Jack Wilshire. It might have only been pre-season, but were Boca Juniors trying to foul him off the ball! He was massive in the middle for us. We really missed him in the second half.
Gervinho: He does look a talent. I love how his change of pace can really leave defenders flat-footed. I wonder if we can convince Theo to give up number 14 for him, because since Henry, I haven’t seen a player that moves like that in from the left.
Arshavin; Actually looked lively today. He was pressuring the opposition when we didn’t have possession. He’s also looking like he lost some weight in the off-season.
Jenkinson: Looks alright, but inexperienced. He’ll make a good Carling Cup RB and understudy to Sagna.
Ramsey; Besides his goal, largely anonymous.
Vela: one moment of brilliance before Ramsey’s goal. Otherwise, sloppy in possession down the left. I still think he’s a luxury we can’t really afford at this point.
Chamakh: Looked decent in passing between himself, Nasri, and Arshavin on the left. Took an elbow to the face from a defender, too. Had that been in a PL match, that player would have likely gone off. He was turning defenders when he had the chance, too, but I think this formation doesn’t suit him as well. Should have been used in a 4-4-2 leading the line with Vela in behind.
Nasri: Certainly looked like he’s been practicing sitting on the bench a lot, which is what will happen if he goes to Citeh. Wasted plenty of possession and chances today.
Frimpong: Looked energetic. There was one part of the second half where he must have sprinted some 70 yards closing down defenders and forced the ball back to their ‘keeper. Good on him for the effort, but he’s still inexperienced.
Traore: Had his best defensive performance in an Arsenal shirt today. Not saying much, I know, but he didn’t get caught forward TOO often… even if he did his best Gael Clichy impersonation for their first goal.

Badaab
Badaab

Oh… and I loved seeing Martin Atkinson waving away a clear penalty (or PELANTY according to the commentator) for us already. Who is officiating tomorrow? Fat Ass Phil Fucking Dowd?
We should have invited Bussaca to officiate for the Emirates Cup, and instead of leading him to the dressing room, lead him to a small closet filled with a tiger. And perhaps fire. Maybe we can lure John Terry in there as well when Chelsea come to play us next. Call it the “VIP Dressing Chamber” or something.

Thorough

Number one problem Arsenal has but will not acknowledge – some of our players are so shite no other team wanna take them off us. If Djorou (no matter the context i.e playing with Kos, Verm., or Squil) who is utter shite, Squil, Bendtner n Almunia leave us where can they fit in in the world of football? Cant see anywhere. So if you can move Djorou n Squillaci on, how do u create a space for Samba n Cahill? I love Samba, he is class, pure n simple, and he has the desire to play for us. And he can actually lead, ask Phil Jones where his confidence n direction comes from, from the Blackburn captain no doubt. And Cahill? Need i say more. But Wenger wont buy them cos 1) he wants to prove to us we are all wrong and that his shite matter r actually shiny. 2) Nobody wants them. I pity for the future of this once-great team. But i dont blame only Wenger, I blame Peter Hillwood n other board members who watch as this evil is being perpetrated.

Graham

Idiot