Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Four-king hell! Sanogo helps Gunners hammer Benfica

Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Chambers, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Campbell, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo
Subs: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Giroud, Sanchez, Cazorla, Coquelin, Akpom, Miquel

Yaya Sanogo helped himself to four goals (yep, four goals!) as Arsenal began their Emirates Cup weekend with an eye-catching 5-1 win over a lacklustre Benfica.

The 21-year-old striker had never scored for the Gunners before today but grew in confidence after an early opener to bag a first half hat trick. Aided by Joel Campbell, who scored the home side’s second on his debut, and the tireless Aaron Ramsey, the Frenchman rounded off a fine personal performance with his fourth just after the break. Nico Gaitan did bag a consolation for the Portuguese before new signing Alexis Sanchez took to the field for a 15-minute debut cameo.


Calum Chambers was handed his debut in a central position as part of a makeshift backline that also included Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs. Up front Joel Campbell started on the right side of attack with Yaya Sanogo leading the line. It was a partnership that was to prove very fruitful…

First half

On a sunny afternoon in front of full house at the Emirates it was the visitors who created the first clear cut chance of the game. Nico Gaitan working his way down the right and pulling back for Maxi Perreira who hit the bar from 14-yards out.

Campbell beat the offside trap in the 15th minute to latch onto a beautiful Ramsey dink only for his shot to slice wide. Moments later Yaya Sanogo bound forward, feinted to shoot before setting up Ramsey who couldn’t find space in the box to get a shot off. The pressure kept mounting and a third chance was missed inside a minute when Sanogo clipped wide from a cross on the right.

The French under-21 international finally got his first goal in Arsenal colours on 25 minutes. Aaron Ramsey was the architect neatly escaping his marker before crossing low inside the six-yard box for Sanogo to bundle home a backheeled effort. He enjoyed the moment, dancing a merry jig in front of the Clock End.

Arsenal doubled their lead six minutes before the break and it was debutant Joel Campbell who polished off a fine move with a great left foot finish on the volley. Bellerin and Sanogo exchanged passes on the right before the Spanish right-back picked out the Costa Rican with a deft cross that was calmly slotted home first time from the edge of the box. It was a lovely goal.

Campbell should have had a second within two minutes but he sliced wide from six-yards after a swift, passing move orchestrated by Chamberlain.

Sanogo ensured Campbell didn’t have to dwell too long on his miss as he bagged two quick-fire goals to pile on the misery for the visitors. First the Frenchman tapped home from a Campbell pass after another defence splitting pass by Ramsey, then the lanky hitman latched onto a Gibbs cross to toe-poke home for his hat trick.

Of the 11 shots taken by Arsenal in the opening 45 minutes, 8 were by Campbell and Sanogo. It said it all.

Second half

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Santi Cazorla at the break and the goals kept coming. Campbell and Ramsey again combined on the right and when the Welshman’s low drive was saved Sanogo was on hand to tap in his fourth. Just to prove he is human, the 21-year-old fell over on his way to high-fiving the exuberant crowd.

Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta all came on for the final half an hour replacing Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini. The Gunners were caught napping in the aftermath of the triple subsitution as Nico Gaitan nodded home from a yard out following a throw in.

The crowd didn’t seem overly fussed about the goal, they were more interested in the fact Alexis Sanchez had begun warming up and soon indulged in one of those god-awful Mexican waves.

Sanogo’s afternoon ended on a sour note as he appeared to tweak a hamstring and limped straight down the tunnel. On the plus side he was replaced by a £32 million signing from Barcelona. As you’d expect, Alexis was greeted to a hero’s welcome.

Ignasi Miquel and Chuba Akpom joined the Chilean on the pitch as Joel Campbell and Nacho Monreal also made way. Gaitan nearly backheeled home from close range, ex-Manchester United striker Bebe forced Martinez into a decent stop from a dipping free-kick and Maxi Perreira hit the post cutting in from the left as the visitors rallied in the closing ten minutes.

In the end the Gunners settled for five although Ignasi Miquel and Francis Coquelin did both hit the woodwork. All in all a very encouraging run out by Arsene Wenger’s men who sit pretty at the top of the table with 8 points, 5 ahead of Monaco and Valencia who drew 2-2 earlier in the afternoon.

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Alexis looks like kim kallstrom all over again…






should have gone to specsavers mate

Edu's Braces

Jesus the internet is humourless sometimes. Fair play k, i had a lol anyway.

Davey G

That’s good, take the Lords name in vain, real sweet there buddy, glad I’m not you!




Must. Install. Sarcasm. Font.


People could just sign off their comments with /sarcasm.

Though I’d thumb them down for using annoying internet terms if they did that.


A font resembling sanogos limbs as he danced would be fitting.


His performance backs my claim of… (sanogo > Giroud)

On another note-
i Love joel campbell and he is a future arsenal star- NEW DEAL PLEASE!!


Campbell looked great today I completely agree. Excited to see him grow this season with arsenal. His chemistry with Ramsey already looks promising. Some great ball control and eye for the game. Sanogo better then Giroud? I’m not sold on that one. He scored 4 goals against a team with $hit defense (how many would giroud score?). Then he injured himself trying to dribbling around 4 players; did that show a lot of maturity and quality? Why not pass the ball and not get hurt during the preseason. I’d still take Giroud up front at this point. Saying that if… Read more »

Gutbukket Deffrolla

It’s the guys that dribble around four players that get me all excited.


Yeah you’re right , proper waste of money. Wenger out!

Good Omens

You can’t fool us Kim by calling yourself ‘k’.


his full name would be K-Ji


I note that most people are taking that down as an insult. Kallstrom didn’t let us down in the 2 games he played, it’s a compliment!

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Happiest man on the pitch award every time he played


Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arsenal! The Arsenal!!!!!!! Wow! Just wow! Yaya SIR PLENTY GOALS! so happy for him, he’s always done everything right apart from score all this while lol…patience! Now i see why Jenkinson had to go….Bellerin is READY! Right back sorted… Ramsey the boss! >>>>>>>>>>> Super Excited to see Joel Campbell play well (He’s clearly going nowhere!)….That run by the Ox…did you see that too? Chambers…cool, calm and assured for such a young lad. Marinez(Rrd choice keeper) had a decent game Rosicky is ageless! Alexis Sanchez is a gooner! And this isn’t even like our first 11 lol…. The absent… Read more »


Well, if he can keep attacking every game rather than defending, Bellerin could already play in the Prem…unfortunately I feel most teams won’t be so accomodating.


Well played all round by our boys. Well done Sanogo.


Sanogo once quit football to become a postman. Damn.


I wish people would stop perpetuating that. While injured he considered quitting football to become a mail carrier. At no point was he a mail carrier.

New Magic Hat

He was just thinking about his future nickname at the Arsenal.
Yaya Sanogo … a.k.a. “The Postman”

Gutbukket Deffrolla

As opposed to the Liverpool squad…. The “Post” Men

(I think this may be two years past it’s Use By date, but I couldn’t help myself… congenitally weak-willed)


This is why giroud needs to sit on the bench for majority of the new season and watch the hungry,mobile,sharp, and young front three of
sanchez-campbell-theo or
campbell-sanchez-chambo or
chambo-theo-campbell or
chambo-sanchez-theo tear defences apart!! Coyg!


Martinez, Chambers, Bellerini, Campbell and Sanogo all look so good! OMG I can’t wait for the start of the season!


wenger's glasses

I’m sold on our young players! And my god, again, Bellerin, where did he come from?? He’s brilliant!


he came from bathelona

Gutbukket Deffrolla

…and he’s going to clean up.


Of course, he came from one of our feeder clubs!

Moby01rt f

Great Game! Sanogo proving to Wenger that he is the man!

Great start for Sanchez!


Yaya Sanogo is now the Emirates Cup’s all time leading goalscorer.
How many goals does he need to score against Crystal Palace to overtake Shearer?


At this scoring rating, Sanogo will have 152 league goals by the end of the season.

Arteta's hair


Arsene Nose

Sanogoal’s dance > Sturridge dance






Lord I have missed my Arsenal

Anoop goon

Ozil , poldi , theo , Mertasacker , koscielny , sczceny didn’t play and we beat them 5-1 foooook me


+ Giroud and Debuchy (+Ospina).

Pretty decent result for what could well be our Carling Cup team.

Gunnersaurus Rex

Ooohhhhhh Yaya Sanooooogooooo!!!!


bellerin!!!!i can see why jenkinson was loaned out!


We actually have pace upfront now. Brilliant to see. And Ramsey, fuck me, our sexy welsh jesus has got it all.
Bring on the season already!


‘Sexy Welsh Jesus’ haha brilliant! 🙂


Careful … you’ll get that bloke from above whining about your use of his Lord’s name …


Can not wait for the start of the season


Is it me or was Campbell>Chamberlain Today?
I think we should definitely keep him.
Very exciting and promising player.

Joel Campbell's gurn.

Chamberlain hasn’t played in so long though. Missed the end of the season, and the world cup. Chamberlain will probably be back on form in the CS next week, or against Palace.

Campbell however was fucking sublime


Yeah but Sonogo is so raw!!


I thought his positioning and finishing was perfect though!

Third Plebeian

Just our luck. Plays an incredible game and gets injured!

Waiting for the dreaded “three weeks”.

Gandalf the Gooner

Have no fear sir… He’s in Shad’s hands now…



He is still young and has that predatory feel to him. Compared to last season, you can see him getting a better eye for movement, and just being in the right place; right time.

If he doesn’t do a Bendtner, he could become something very special.

Stuart Steele (@Stuart_Ten

I reminded my friend of the players that weren’t even playing today..his response ‘Holy. S**t’.
Chambers excellent, Sanchez exciting. Happy days.


Bellerin, JC and Sanogo all played brilliantly. I was very impressed by Bellerin, damn. Can’t wait for the season to start! COYG!!

Die Hard Gunner



Anelka 1997 anyone ??? Are you old enough to remember

Ray Parlour's boot boy

Wonder if we’ll sell him to Real for 22M…

True Red

Sell to our feeder club? Unlikely

Easy tiger

Sadly yes…

Easy tiger

And kevin Campbell in 1991. Never thought I would see a Campbell who can shoot in an Arsenal shirt though, but I did today;)


Kevin Campbell? Sorry I’m an Arsene era Gooner. Nearly 18 years but might as well be 50.

Just watching BT sport Premier league legends, Robert Pires. Holding the tears back. What memories. What a great era for us. I don’t care about the trophies as much as the feelings that I experienced. It was like I was on the pitch myself, incredible…

Easy tiger

Kevin Campbell came through in the 90-91 season when we won the League. Moved on later to Forest-turky somewhere and later Everton and maybe others. We called him Rambo too I seem to remember…… I was maybe 14 back than….

wilshere's ashtray

rioch swapped him for that flop bergkamp 🙁

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I’m too old to remember.


Very impressive. Bellerin surprised me thought he was outstanding but Ramsey wow looks like he just going to carry on where he left off last season. Sanchez only started training yesterday some people need to get a grip.

Easy tiger

Agreed Rasey is the key in Our team…..

Edu's Braces

Can see why space has been opened up for Bellerin. Tastey playa


In all seriousness, Sanogo today shows that he’s capable of being an excellent player to have in our squad ahead of the new season. We’d all probably like another option up front that’s the ‘WC Striker’ but since it appears Wenger’s only looking for a DM and a CB now, it’s beautiful to see players like Yaya and Joel Campbell doing well and hopefully giving us some options up front.

And of course, there’s Alexis fucking Sanchez to have a go there too…


I guess I wasn’t the only one who orgasmed each time he turned on the ball


Very impressed by Chambers at CB and Bellerin at RB. Campbell had a great first half, shouldn’t loan him out IMO as he offers directness much like Theo and Ox does. However he completely fatigued out by the 60 min mark which is very concerning. Maybe he’s finding his fitness back after a long summer, but it could also point to why Arsene doesn’t really rate him. Coquelin just lost the ball too many times. Jack also didn’t impress. But wth it’s only preseason. All in all really great match, if Khedira comes in we might have a real shot… Read more »


Shut Up.


very mature

Al Gilmore

I wouldn’t read too much into a player looking fatigued during pre-season. There will be different players at differing points of their pre-season. It is not unusual for players to be totally spent, because they are doing fitness/stamina work before a match day, which they wouldn’t do during the season. The game itself is an extension of that work. He was probably told to give it all for an hour.

Bean flicker

I thought Bellerin had an outstanding game. Defensively aware and brilliant when joining the attack. Hope he really pushes on this season.

Ray Parlour's boot boy

No wonder Wenger was quite happy to let Jenks go on loan…


I think he actually will be our #2 RB sO Chambers can focus on CB

Thin Gooner

The manager signed this youngster instead of a bitey racist. #WAGNER OUT



Been waiting patiently for my Mr. Postman to deliver


HA! This is brilliant!! 😀

Gandalf the Gooner

Can this please be a thing?

Big Chief from Antarctica

Another classic in the making? Here’s to the new season!

wenger's coat zipper

LOL! Awesome! However I prefer the Beatles version


can someone please make a sanogo chant out of this?

Wenger's rain coat

Bellarin looks really awesome at right back, he’s so technically gifted, plus he’s calm in possesion, I have a feeling he will be our first choice right back in the coming years. Also all of a sudden with Campbell, yaya and OX in the side Thers so much pace, plus we also have Walcott and of course Alexis. COYG let’s take the league by storm and f*ck shit up.


And i don’t know, why you hate Mexican waves so much?
Its a friendly and its good fun for the crowd. You could tell that by the noise.


Racism – i bet he has no issue with English or Welsh waves


Good days ahead #COYG


Who says you can’t beat Benfica with 5ish fullbacks… (flamini in case your wondering)

No one?

Well you can.. come on you rampant gooners

S4noGoal Benfuckeda


If Chambers is going to be used as a center back then we should keep Bellerin. He looks ready for first team football. Only 19, so a loan would probably be the right move for him, has more potential than Jenkinson


Good to see le coq get a go, still have high hopes for him.


Wenger “Campbell played very well. He has good balance and I was very impressed by him today. I want to keep him”


Been saying to anyone who’d listen, Sanogo would come good 😉

I like the look of Campbell.

Alexis is going to be a dream with Walcott and Ozil.

Nicest surprise for me was how good Bellerin looked.

Joel Campbell's gurn.

Same. I feel so vindicated.

dink arnold

Nice to see ya not hiding after the Sanogo remarks last week. Well in!


Ha Ha …you remembered.

Really happy for the player. His confidence must have sky rocketed after today.

Springbank 1965

Nice performances all around. Especially from Bellerin, Ramsey and Rosicky. Chambers looked comfortable. Campbell’s goal was good. And, of course, the goal-machine that’s Yaya Sanogo.

We all know there’s more to do before MC and the start of the season proper. But it was nice to watch us play in the sun with confidence and style. Yum.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Is he gonna score? Yaya Sanogo
Is he gonna miss? Nono Sanogo


the first half team was quite good. the partnership monreal-chambers looked a bit dodgy at times and too raw.bellerin is excellent going forward and possess great technique but defensively he ‘s not there yet.yaya was outstanding. i think giroud ‘s gonna have to reach the next level. cause they are similar but yaya’s more technical, looks like there will be great competition ahead between the lanky french guys. but benfica were just bad.did not recognize them. they did lost a couple of major players in this window though. arsene is trying different options at cb ( monreal, chambers, miquel, a… Read more »

Merlin's Panini



Take a bow, son


His 3rd goal was a lovely deft touch. You need a bit of luck to watch shots like that go in, he seems to have found some. Happy days! C.A.S. For the win.


I don’t think Sanogo is getting enough credit for his 3rd. His body positioning, the deft touch with the outside of his foot…more please. Campbell was outstanding first half, but kind of disappeared once Benfica started battering him. Chambers looked very good at CB. Bellerin was outstanding except on the goal allowed. Let’s stay grounded but wow that looked good today.


Bellerin, Chambers and Campbell were very impressive!

physwell the gooner

Sanogo and campbell good partnership? Didn’t watch the game though i can see from your coments guys that the game was interesting. Where is my Diaby?

Da Faq You Looking_keep Scrolling

Damn that Bellerin kid is a beast!

Sowed Hozi
Le Coq

Awesome win today!

Only negative for me was, did anyone else see Jack pull up near the end ? I thought I saw him clutching his ankle a couple times in the final minute. Can anyone confirm this? Really hope he’ll be fine!


So impressed with Campbell allround game…such a good passer. Very promising!!

Stewart Robson's therapist

No such thing as a perfect human being, but God came bloody close when he designed Aaron Ramsey.


Joel Campbell. So happy this kid is fulfilling all the high hopes for him.

Mental strength

Interesting that when wenger was asked about khedira, he didn’t completely reject that we were in for him, he just said we have put a bid in for him (yet). I think Thers something going on here because when wenger is not intrested in a player he says so plainly case i point balotelli, Quintero. I think we may be see khedira after all (hopefully)

Dark Hei

Sanogo is indeed the mailman, cause he always delivers.
Keep it up and football will have its own Karl Malone.


He had a great game but to say “he ALWAYS delivers” is not strictly true!

Lets hope he can continue to improve against better sides than he faced today.

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