Arsenal went down 1-0 to Monaco in the Emirates Cup this afternoon, and amazingly the world keeps on turning.
Arsene Wenger started a strong side with Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy starting with Arteta, Cazorla, and others all involved from the start.
I wasn’t really watching because I was having dinner, but Falcao rocked the Arsenal defence like Amadeus in a swinging Baroque nightclub, heading home from a free kick not long before half-time.
At the break, Giroud was withdrawn and Sanchez deployed down the middle and the Chilean showed some nice touches, firing a shot not far wide and hitting a free kick into the wall.
Monaco looked like a team further ahead in their pre-season preparations – Ligue 1 starts next week – so the Gunners struggled to make much of an attacking impact, but then this is what games like this are all about.
Late on, Chuba Akpom was taking down about 2 yards inside the box, but referee Martin Atkinson, after initially pointing to the spot, gave a free kick just outside the area on the advice of his linesman.
Ramsey’s effort was blocked but that doesn’t alter the fact that the linesman is a blind cunny.
Arsenal couldn’t find an equaliser and didn’t win the Emirates Cup, but it doesn’t really matter.
In the end, folks need to remember this just part of pre-season and at this point it’s more about fitness than performance.
Another hard week’s training ahead, the Community Shield, and then we can start to worry about the real football.