Report: Arsenal 1-2 Galtasaray

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Arsenal were beaten 2-1 this afternoon by Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup, as Didier Drogba returned to haunt us once more.

Arsene Wenger named a first XI of: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Sanogo

Former Gunner, and witless buffoon, Emmanuel Eboue captained the visiting side, while there there was an Arsenal debut for Yaya Sanogo. The young Frenchman showed early promise with a great turn and shot inside the first minute.

He then played a great pass for Theo Walcott who could have taken it on and gone for goal, but tried a delicate headed pass towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  And Arsenal’s top scorer should have opened the scoring in the 18th minute after latching on to a beautiful long pass from Aaron Ramsey, but with just the keeper to beat he poked his shot wide.

Wojciech Szczesny was then forced to clear with his head as Galatasaray threatened, but Bacary Sagna at centre-half twice snuffed out danger from the speedy Amrabat.

It wasn’t much of a game, so I tidied away some papers on my desk and in my eagerness ripped up an invoice I really needed but these things happen and there’s no point living in the past. It’s just a piece of paper.

But in the 39th minute Arsenal took the lead. After a corner routine, the ball came back to Theo Walcott who curled in a fairly tame cross which missed everyone, bounced across the area and in at the far post for 1-0.

Sanogo then got on the end of some nice Kieran Gibbs play but a good save from Muslera (oh, and the offside flag) denied him a goal, before he fired a left footed effort well over the bar, and the Gunners took their one goal lead into the break.

Galatastary brought on Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba at the break, and even after some time away from English football, the mere sight of Drogba’s hideous face made me angrier than a wasp who catches his mickey in his zip.

The visitors had the first chance of the second period when Eboue set Amrabat free down the left hand side, but he saw his near post shot saved by Szczesny.

Bacary Sagna then found Oxlade-Chamberlain but the keeper got a hand to the pass he was pulling back for Sanogo, while at the other end Drogba lashed a shot wide from a tight angle to great applause from the Arsenal fans. Not long after he got an effort on target having turned inside a tired looking Mertesacker but Szczesny was equal to the task.

Arsene Wenger then made his first changes, bringing on Olivier Giroud and young star Gedion Zelalem for Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo. Giroud got a good shot away after a turn on the edge of the box but the keeper was positioned well and made a routine stop.

Ignasi Miquel then replaced Kieran Gibbs at left back and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have had a penalty when he was clearly caught in the box but the referee waved play on. Giroud had a good header on target before Sneijder’s long rage effort tested Szczesny at his near post.

Drogba’s return to the Emirates wouldn’t have been complete without him being a gigantic minging cheat, and when Ignasi Miquel brushed off him in the area, the Ivorian went down as if he’d been shot and the referee bizarrely pointed to the spot. Drogba took the penalty himself and fired it home to make it 1-1.

In the 81st minute Lukas Podolski replaced Theo Walcott while Chuba Akpom came on for Aaron Ramsey but Amrabat had the chance to put the Turks ahead but he fired a shot over the bar from inside the box.

Drogba threatened again, driving into the box before being stopped by a top Mertetackle, but the horrendous ex-Chelsea striker put Galatasaray ahead in the 88th minute, turning back inside Mertesacker and firing home with his left foot to make it 2-1.

Arsenal pressed for an equaliser, none was forthcoming, and the Turkish side won the match and the Emirates Cup but then nobody really cares about that.

Let’s have a sandwich.

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lordvoldemort
lordvoldemort

fuck off drogba you diving cunt.

CountLeaf

that’s one shitty sunday.

fencegooner
fencegooner

Think suarez was watching, taking notes on his next scuba diving class. Ironically though, it might be in an Arsenal shirt at the emirates.

Bolarinwa Mayowa

Now that the experimentation is over, can we now get some top top top quality players in?

Arsenalist
Arsenalist
Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

Holy Jaysus, he’s such an accomplished diver he doesn’t even have to look to see where Miquel is, he just goes down by intuition. The work of a master, or a colossal fucking cunt.

k
k

Still, you cant deny that he’s a brilliant player.

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

At least Arsene will go into panic buy mode early…

Mooo
Mooo

What do you mean? That was a title-challenging squad out there today…

Danish Gooner
Danish Gooner

Yeah if you are challenging for the uzbeki second division title.

mailwear
mailwear

yup, like what arsene says, 4th is like a trophy.

Jamie
Jamie

Heh…

Spacktard
Spacktard

Dirty diving cunt!

Spacktard
Spacktard

Chelski fan on here thumbing down then?

GoonerFan1
GoonerFan1

And what was that Gala defender(cunt) on when he made that lunge clearance on Walcott….?

Wenger's Waterbottle
Wenger's Waterbottle

So glad the cup is over. Now we can go back to complaining about signings.

4rs3n4l
4rs3n4l

What is it with drogba againts arsenal??!!

On another note:
Our goal margin for previous matches went from 2 goals,1 goal, 0 goal to -1 goals

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Drogba blatantly cheated, so Galatasaray probably deserved a draw rather than a win, but I was a little discouraged to see how little we created going forward. We lost possession far too easily, and created virtually nothing in terms of goalscoring opportunities.

It was telling that my first thought when we needed a goal was to bring on Koscielny. I realize this is pre-season, but the signs don’t look great for our attack. Massive reinforcements needed.

Ramsey was my man of the match.

Spacktard
Spacktard

Not really! We actually should have had a penalty.

Why are ref’s such cunts to us?

9jagun
9jagun

you guys should stop whining about the emirates cup. We need players thats all. Wenger should wake up things are changing. Top 4 might no longer be sure.

gooner odst
gooner odst

when dog bite scored that second i was also like ‘oh shit bring Koscielny in CF’ too… says it all really

Arsecrew
Arsecrew

Ramseys cross for Walcott was fucking excellent.

AFC
AFC

Agreed. On another note, I don’t really think that you do a player like Miquel a favour when you bring him on against someone like Drogba. Whereas Gala reinforced their squad at Half time, we brought in youngsters. (which is basically a good thing given it’s PRE-SEASON). However, then don’t expect the team to win or turn around a game.

I really liked Zelalem, now he didn’t a massive impact on the game, but every time he touched the ball, something meaningful came out. Great expectations here.

I’ve noticed it already in previous games, but today it was more obvious; the Ox often tends to keep the ball too long and forgets to make a pass at the right moment. I like his efforts and dribbles but he would help the team more with timely passes. Great game by Jenkinson as well.

Drogba = cunt. His second goal was BFG’s wrong placement though.

brad
brad

to be fair, we were missing rosciky and wilshere, but good run out for the young lads. I feel bad for miquel, his confidence shattered after the penalty but better learn it on pre-season than on a league game. All in all other team took their chances well and we didn’t, so if that says anything to wenger, well i’m sure he knows whats missing in this squad.

Jan
Jan

We definitely missed Rosicky, yes. Jack not so much. I really wasn’t impressed with him against Napoli nor has he done anything of real note during this pre-season. Its pre-season, so I’m not really fretting it yet.

gooner odst
gooner odst

drogba is such a bellend, and yeah Arsene knows we need bodies so now we wait and see who comes.

Hucks
Hucks

*Vents frustration in a forceful yet gentlemanly manner*

Gunnersaurus
Gunnersaurus

That’s 15 in 15 against Arsenal for Drogba.

With the left then the right
With the left then the right

Even when he’s no longer in the Premier league he still finds a way to screw us over!

Alex
Alex

I can’t tell if I’m supposed to thumb that comment up or down. . . but yeah that incredibly gifted twat drogba has done it again. Better him than higuain scoring a brace at the emirates (if only for the sanity of the crowd)

NonchalantRepartee
NonchalantRepartee

That was a dire watch.

NCGunner
NCGunner

So have we signed anyone yet? For more than a quid I mean….

TW
TW

You’re overestimating how much we’ve spent by assuming we’ve spent any money

MLK
MLK

Technically, we spent around £400,000 for Sanogo.

XMarksTheCoq
XMarksTheCoq

Technically, we’ve spent nil on anyone else.

Trevor
Trevor

Why did we get rid of Djourou and not Miquel?

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

Agreed… Have not been overly impressed with Miquel

Lukey
Lukey

Arsene didn’t need Djourou anymore, and he wanted regular football. That part’s pretty obvious.

As for Miquel, I think Monreal and Vermaelen’s injuries meant Arsene badly needed that left-footed defender who could provide back-up at both CB and LB, so any plans for sending Miquel off were scrapped, atleast before the Emirates Cup. But then, I could be wrong. Who knows?

Kai
Kai

Hate to say it, but if there was any truth in the rumors, Jan Vertonghen would have been a good buy for this last year.

Kops
Kops

Why did we ever sell eboue?!

CountLeaf

for the same reasons that we sold Santos.

Arsecrew
Arsecrew

Sagna is not a centre half and Miquel is not good enough. Defence is shit even if Drogba is a diving cunt.

RealHarry
RealHarry

I would rephrase that slightly.

“Sagna is not a centre half and Miquel is not a left-back.”

I think Miquel has promise but he needs to play as a CB to become better.

gar14
gar14

I actually thought Sagna was good in the centre. And easily one of our better players again.

damien joyce

Wenger Out anyone????

Arsecrew
Arsecrew

Yeah why not, i’ll have one of those.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

No thanks. I only like mine all in upper case.

Cheers.

damien joyce

I was only joking!!
Couldn’t give a fuck about friendlies……at……all……!!

Smiley
Smiley

A game with Drogba in it wouldn’t be complete without a murderous tackle, wouldn’t it? Freakin’ Miquel, you disgrace the Arsenal crest with those kind of tackles. I mean, you could of punched a damn hole in his back! Wenger, make sure this kid never plays again!!

Smiley
Smiley

holy crap, did people actually think I was serious? 23 thumbs-down?

DENCHures
DENCHures

I think it’s a shame that some people think irony is what you make ploughs out of…

Glasgow_Gooner
Glasgow_Gooner

Meaningless or not. This presentation might be a little embarrassing. So what’s next ?

Well one thing is certain..sort of. There are known known’s; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.

TW
TW

Why is this getting thumbed down? I say comment of the day

XMarksTheCoq
XMarksTheCoq

It’s getting thumbed down because it sounds like something that Brendan Rogers would say.

neutral
neutral

Actually its what Don Rumsfeld said during the Iraq war when things started to get out of hand.

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

Aah, the good old days, when the most powerful people on the planet came up with classics like:

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee…I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee…that says, fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”

“They misunderestimated me.”

“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

eleanor
eleanor

If you’re not Donald Rumsfeld then you really should have this in quotes.

If you are Donald Rumsfeld then you really should be in the dock at the ICC in the Hague along with Blair, Jack Straw, and Alastair effing Campbell (for starters).

Comment of the day, my arse.

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

If Rumsfeld is a Gooner, then he’ll go into that Piers Morgan/Osama Bin Laden/Ronnie Biggs/Kevin Costner category of undesirables.

XMarksTheCoq
XMarksTheCoq

Apologies for my ignorance. To be honest I stopped listening to Rumsfeld after he said “it’s not about the oil”.

With the left then the right
With the left then the right

Three things learned: 1) Chamberlain’s not ready to play in the middle, in fact not ready to become a regular in the first eleven, gave the ball away far too much. 2) Zelalem is a class act, eerily comfortable in this team. 3) WE NEED A FUCKING STRIKER!

Jagger
Jagger

Even if we had Falcao we still wouldn’t have won. No creativity means no goal scoring chances means no goals. Simples.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

We’re so far from where we need to be. The difference between our forwards and Drogba is miles apart. We seriously lacked creativity, ideas, anything threatening. Apart from a lucky goal we didn’t really do much to kill the game off. Oh well, still a few week left to go.

TH14
TH14

Even though the result counts for zero, I agree. 1-0 up and all we did was sit back and even though the goal came from cheating, it probably would have come anyway. We didn’t do anything in virtually the whole of the second half.

Chair
Chair

I’d take Drogba at 35 over every single attacker we have (or all together) ANYTIME.
Not even close.
And that is telling.

Manchester Gooner
Manchester Gooner

We have good strikers but we need someone who could connect midfield and the front three and sometimes suck a tight defence out of their formation.

The bitey angel would fill that position nicely.

Danish Gooner
Danish Gooner

Listen,as long as Wenger is here these defeats will be the norm.It is ages since we turned over a decent side and forget about us impeoving on that without a host of new signings.

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

March 2013 wasn’t that long ago, especially considering that the season finished in May.

Ramsey
Ramsey

Obviously Wenger won’t spend and in stead try and dupe everyone by getting the players to take up new names. Or summat.

gar14
gar14

You’re stupid!

TH14
TH14

What! Still no “that was your one chance to win a cup” and “you can’t even win your own trophy” comment from some sad Chelski fan.

Spacktard
Spacktard

Miquel looked way out of his depth when he came on. Sanogo? Well it was his first match at the top sort of level, so we can forgive him.

medi
medi

Such a flash. Do you use some kind magic? I just watched it finish on my tv couples seconds ago.

Btw, we lost it because a diving c***. Positive: players got enough minutes against tough opponents. Next week must a win against mancit.
Negative: Still no improvement in final third.

Alex
Alex

Boy google translate sure has left something to be desired here

Lord theo

Its time to sign a new striker, we cant always rely on theo to get us the goals. He needs world class help ASAP.

Jagger
Jagger

This comment is very funny.

Silent Stanley
Silent Stanley

Well…

XMarksTheCoq
XMarksTheCoq

Keep it shut, syrup thief. Bog off and count your money.

DaMobot
DaMobot

I can see the knives coming out now, run Wenger run!!!

Didn’t like the way we played today. Lost the ball and gave it away alot. I Sagna was great at CB. Strong and comanding. Mertersacker wasnot. Doesnt mean he is a bad player. Just didnt play well today.
This leaves the Man City match next week to really asses how strong we are by playing a first eleven (minus maybe Cazorla because he still short of fitness).

Vinayak

I thought metersacker was great for most of the match. I loved how he faked by standing still for walcotts goal (watch it again) that was classy!

Danish Gooner
Danish Gooner

Arsenal are the one of the most sloppy sides when in possession,it is so infuriating when we constantly looses the ball where it would be easier to hold on to it.

Savage
Savage

False. Arsenal are one of the best at keeping the ball, and that’s part of the problem – we need to shoot more often.

I’m personally really looking forward to seeing how Poldi, Giroud and Cazorla fare this season. They have the first adjustment season behind them, and all three of them are very willing shooters.

What’s really pleasing about Giroud in the pre-season is that he is scoring every type of goal: long range, headers, chips, bicycle kicks. We need that kind of confidence.

gee
gee

Meh.

Lukey
Lukey

Effing Drogba cunt. Thanks for ruining a warm Sunday evening.

TH14
TH14

It really was literally the only way i’d have cared about this game, him doing that leaves that horrible feeling in my stomach even in an irrelevant match. It almost feels like we actually just lost a competitive match

trex d' gunner
trex d' gunner

I realy hate Drogba.
Drogba = Terry = Gigantic Cunt

Wise One
Wise One

Whether it was a dive or not. You see the influence of a world class striker. Came on scored two goals..

Ignasi and Jenkinson not ready. Chamberlain poor. Actually enjoyed Ramsey’s performance as he was the only one driving the team forward. Arteta solid. Walcott invinsible. Sanogo, meh, but it’s his first game.

Recruits needed ASAP! Get on it Wenger..

Savage
Savage

You mean like Higuain’s stunning display yesterday? I don’t deny that we need signings, but don’t draw that conclusion from a single game in which our main striker only came on midway through the second half.

Trevor
Trevor

Wenger: ‘we can win the league even without adding to the squad.’

No. We can’t.

Lukey
Lukey

Win the league? Ha! We’ll be crapping our trousers for the 4th place trophy if we don’t add something else to the squad this summer, especially forwards/creative midfield. The only thing more baffling than the lack of inventiveness and penetration in the final third today is Arsene apparently happy to sit there and refuse to do anything about it.

gooner odst
gooner odst

its hard to argue that (player x) and/or (player y) would have added a bit more had they been bought. added to the depth offered by the junior lads.

Savage
Savage

We can win the league with this lot (we finished last season in title-winning form), but the odds are stacked against it. It would only take a few injuries to leave us threadbare.

Everyone is agreed that we need signings in order to increase those odds. Wenger knows it – he’s just trying to boost the confidence of his players, which is fair enough.

shitbird
shitbird

Wenger knows he can’t win the league with what he has. But we don’t really expect him to say that at a press conference, do we?

R7
R7

I really don’t think Miq(g)uel has it…

boilk
boilk

Watching the game, I have smaller and smaller wonder that Jenkinson and Miquel are ready to be a starter for the full back postions this season. We do need to be straight at front.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

If Gibbs gets injured, we are in deep trouble, though you can’t really blame Wenger for that one. We have Gibbs and Monreal for LB, and I can’t think of too many clubs that have more than 2 fantastic specialists for the LB position. We should have been covered there, so it’s just bad luck, really (furthermore because Vermaelen, who would start ahead of Miquel for LB, is also out).

rossi88
rossi88

Oh please guys. Lets bot get on tgeir back already. Its not the teams fault the club are doing their buisness slowly. Lets support them so when we start the season theyre confident. No wonder were shit at home when theres negativity eveywhere. By all rights when upset with the club but channel it the right way. Booing the team off aint the right way.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

I think the boos are more directed at the management and board rather than the players. The players did their best, not their fault if they’re not good enough…

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

I wonder whether the players get that distinction? Do you think there are a few fans shouting at them as they enter the tunnel, “DON’T WORRY, THAT WAS FOR WENGER, NOT YOU! OKAY? WE COOL?”

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

I agree, it doesn’t help the players at all. But the expectation that the club have built up throughout the last 10-15 years means the fans want and expect more. And the only way most fans know how to vent their frustration is sadly through booing.

goonerLAD
goonerLAD

we can’t even win a pre-season trophy played on our own turf. bollocks

Denis
Denis

And if Arsenal did win, you’d be part of the lot that’d be ridiculing the Emirates Cup “for the joke that it is” and that it doesn’t mean shit that we won it. These games are all friendlies. They do not mean anything. They are meant to get our team match fitness. Understand that.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

The problem is we looked rubbish whatever the result, whatever the competition. We used to be a class above these teams in Europe.

Look at us now.

Richie
Richie

Can’t wait for the season to start. A hunt for the top four this season will be intense…..Don’t fuckin sit there thinking about a title challenge

arsewizard
arsewizard

That’s the more reason we should buy suarez, he dives better than Drogba

TW14 is not the same as TH14
TW14 is not the same as TH14

Why does Wenger continue to allow Walcott to be our dead ball taker, he is terrible.

Arteta & Cazorla are miles better

TH14
TH14

It must stop. Arteta put a beauty in yesterday for our first goal

TH14
TH14

Actually it was the second but he may have delivered the first too come to think of it

+_+
+_+

Actually, Theo whipped in the corner Giroud scored. How Awkward…
But yeah, totally agree, the madness needs to stop

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

One of the mysteries of the world… Remember someone jokes it was part of his contract

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

Joked*

dareeee
dareeee

soo disapointed with ox and jenko…hope we can sort it out for mancity game.

Eric Irish gunner
Eric Irish gunner

I fucking hate Drogba, now sign some fucking players

Ebuesgoosebumps
Ebuesgoosebumps

Can we sign Drogba up please. At least he will cost a fraction of the Suarez bid and we can still have Wenger sign his new contract and still make everyone happy.

TH14
TH14

Goal.com are just putting the finishing touches to their “Wenger targets new Drog after striker breaks Arsenal hearts again” article…

Aamir
Aamir

Drogba’s son is an Arsenal fan. I’m glad this is his last season, he will be 36 this summer and will retire after the World Cup. I never want to see him again.

sundman3
sundman3

Let the rant begin

Comedian
Comedian

Ahhh not good not good at all.Come on dont just keep on dropping weights from the parachute you gotta add some too to get down.

Ibrahim
Ibrahim

That was a preview of how our season will be if we don’t spend some fucking money.

Ian Goguel
Ian Goguel

its not even the start of the season, same old sh..t, no new players (one on a free) ,COME ON AW! ,we need players, every fan knows it but u, sack AW

JB
JB

Drogba wins (and scores) a penalty: *Throws up in mouth*.
Drogba scores the winner: *Projectile-vomits all over screen*.

Going to have nightmares tonight.

Silent Stanley
Silent Stanley

We are so used to 4th place… now at the Emirates Cup too?

TH14
TH14

Does 4th place get a trophy? 😀 Even a microscopic one will do