Sunday, November 28, 2021

Arsenal draw 1-1 with Lens (inc goal)

Arsenal drew 1-1 with in their first pre-season friendly against Lens this evening.

Arsene Wenger’s first team of the new campaign was: Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, The Jeff, Akpom.

The Gunners fell behind in the first half but equalised in the second via a beautiful lobbed finish from substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Goal GIF here.

Afterwards, Arsene Wenger said, “It was a good workout for us. It was a very tough first pre-season game.”

For more see the report on the official site. And to do your blood pressure a favour, don’t get too stressed out about it. It’s just a pre-season game.

I started watching then decided to watch Zootopia instead. It had funny sloths.

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Xhakira

Ox proving he’s capable of truly epic moments

Bob's Mexican Cousin

Lets hope it doesnt happen like last season. Great goal to start it all, pretty much nothing else thereafter.

Timo

Fucking tasty goal to be fair

Mesut O'neill

Can’t believe Debuchy is back at the club after the way he behaved last season.

Sancheezy

Wenger is looking into converting him into a striker. Oh Hell he’s looking to convert anyone on the team into a striker! FML

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Gibbs happy with his situation will have to leave. Debuchy unhappy with his situation may stay. That’s how football works.

Paul

I thought Gibbs played really well.

Matt

Wonderful goal. Oh, and not only we have a central striker with no pace but also our captain hasn’t in the middle of our defense.

Double98

Mertesacker has ample pace. He gets exposed because we play a style of football that exposes centre backs. This is due to possession based football concentrated in the opponents half, breakaways are more dangerous when 8 of your team are all 5 yards from the edge of their box. Strikers are almosr always faster than centre backs. Peter crouch types aside. If a kid is faster than the forwards on a team he will not end up playing in central defence Our central striker has two fast wing forwards around him and doesn’t require a lot of pace be cause… Read more »

DanishGooner

(Who was not bad for his time…)…..and when it comes to hairstyle..hmmmm

020302greatestgoal

Smudger was top goalscorer in two title winning teams , golden boot winner in 91 a season where we lost only once ….now I’m not against giroud I agree with everything else you say but he ain’t no Smudger

020302greatestgoal

Smudger was top goalscorer in two title winning teams , golden boot winner in 91 a season where we lost only once ….now I’m not against giroud I agree with everything else you say but he ain’t no Smudger

Me So Hornsey

Nowhere near as prolific as smudger. Giroud’s lack of pace is compounded by not being clinical either. His hold up and link up play is possibly second to none in the prem though I’ll give him that.

A Different George

The only team that finished ahead of us last year had a central defense of the speedsters Robert Huth and Wes Morgan. I’m not sure Pique and Puyol won too many races either.

Fletcher

Well, he is faster than John Terry for sure…

Cornelius P. Snuffington III

That depends on whose wife is at the end of the pitch.

Ponsonby gooner

Fair play ox. Hope you can take the step up this season we’ve all been waiting for.

assistantref

What I learned from this match:

1. Ox still doesn’t know to pass, and his skill move is still “tackle self.” But man, he can finish.

2. Theo still can’t do anything.

3. Gibbs was the best man out there. Hope we don’t lose him.

Stringer Bell

We won’t mention Calum Calamity Chambers. £16 million.

Cracked

This may sound harsh, but he hasn’t scored a better goal since preseason of last year.

All I’m saying is I hope he can keep it going for the whole season.

Nick

We haven’t won a game this entire preseason!

Wenger out! Gazidis out! Stuart MacFarlane out!

Fletcher

As funny as it might be it just reflect upon the fact that we sadly have few low steem weak characters among our fan base.

DanishGooner

Everybody out!

A Different George

Sam! We need Sam!

ay

Great to see the arsenal back on the pitch.. I don’t really believe so much in pre-season until last season when our noisy neighbours lost 3 pre-seasons matches and the disrespectful coach kept saying “you will see the real Chelsea when you season starts” 10th position.

Third Plebeian

As one of the senior players today (and yes, factoring in pre-season), I was looking for a little more from Walcott, but he gave this Ligue 2 defense no problems at all. Ba had him in his pocket, and was pleased to concede corners off him because, well, they were delivered over everyone’s heads by Walcott.

Some positives: great save in the 2nd half by Matt Macey; Ox’s goal (though not much else worked for him); watching Debuchy get stuck in; no injuries.

Third Plebeian

Ok, I now realise that grammatically, my post implies that I was one of the senior players on the pitch today. I was not.

DanishGooner

Hahahha…..love you!

assistantref

We know you arn’t, Serge.

Paul

Were you injured then? 😉

Samgunz

Coquelin, Campbell and Gibbs stood out for me, rest were hot and cold. Although we looked a better possession team once Zelalem came on as he knows how to make a midfield tick. Willock also looked sharp in the short time he was on, and a mention for Bielik who’s distribution from the back looked promising.

Getso gunner

Lens 1 Arsenal 1
Mourinho’s Manutd 1 Dortmund 4
Hahhhhhhhhh

Toure Motors

I’ve got the sloths for you, do diddy dum dum did did do

Dobbi

Wenger in a track suit and full on coaching mode on the side lines. Now there’s a something you don’t get to see too often.

Shane

Did anyone see the Lens defender run into the post when the goal went in? Comedy gold!

postface

Hahaha…I missed that the first time. Dude was so much in awe of the goal, he didn’t notice a 10-feet post in his face.

ArsenYUL

Seems like he knocked himself out cold!

Pavan

I watched the whole game at work, couldn’t take my eyes off it! Not because it was that entertaining or anything, it was just so heartwarming to see all my players with the familiar body language, the first touches, turns, passes playing together…..didnt realize I’ve missed this personal connect with the game so much, can’t wait for the forward signing and the season to start!

Touraine Gooner

Deja vu anyone ? Lets hope, finally, it all comes good for him this season… COYG !!

Onenil

Good assist work by Gnabry and followed up at the back post in case. Welcome back young man.

Spuduhate

We hope to see the year of the Ox. BTW did anyone notice that dude running into the post on the goal, hilariously comic fall.

griffothegunner

That Lens defender runs into the post watching Ox’s chip hit the side netting hehe

Stillmatic

Just preseason, so nothing to take from it…
Other than the fact that those who truly believe Theo may become our striking option may be in for a surprise.

atrocityex

Goal was only bettered by the defender running into the post and ouch flopping.

atrocityex

Oh and I got ox on the back of my shirt last year as expected big things. Hope it’s this year! Gonna get Iwobi and watch him do a knee.

Samgunz

The post didn’t touch his face if you watch the replay he slaps his face in reaction to conceding an equalizer

Ozenal

chipped the tallest player on the pitch as well as the goalie. Well done Ox!! Keep it coming.

AnonymousGun

Some of the fans needs to be shipped out of the clubs.. Alongside Debuchy.

Paul

How poor was Theo? It’s not like he has been injured or on international duty either!
Blimey O’Riley!…

Wahlaneh

Anyone else noticed the defender running his nose into the post for Ox’s goal? Haha

Jarnik001

I don’t if I am the only one, but I feel Chambers played better when he was moved to right back. Better than Debuchy IMO.

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