Report: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea | Arsenal win 6-5 on penalties (inc. goals)

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Result: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea | Arsenal win 6-5 on penalties
Competition: International Champions Cup
Date: 1st August 2018
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Alex Iwobi kept his cool from 12-yards to seal a 6-5 shootout victory for the Gunners against Chelsea to round off an entertaining friendly in Dublin.

Both sides had converted all their efforts from the spot until Ruben Loftus-Cheek was denied by Petr Cech. The veteran keeper had also saved a penalty from Alvaro Morata in a first half that was dominated by the Blues.

Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring for the Stamford Bridge outfit early, before teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi squandered a number of gilt-edged chances that should have put the game to bed. Those misses proved costly as Alex Lacazette came off the bench to net an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Arsenal squad

Starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Ozil

Subs: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mavropanos, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Iwobi, Nketiah and Lacazette

1′ – Ramsey missing

Aaron Ramsey was due to start the game but was replaced very late by Emile Smith Rowe. He’s picked up a minor calf problem in the warm-up.

2′ – Our new home shirt 🤮

We were hoping we might grow to like it. But that’s just not going to happen.

2′ – We’re very hairy

Combine the Elneny and Guendouzi curls with Bellerin’s mane and Ozil’s floppy fringe and it’s probably the most hirsute side we’ve fielded since the 70s.

4′ – Cech tips over

The first effort on goal comes from ex-Gunner Fabregas who forces a smart save from Cech. Looks like it may have had a slight deflection.

5′ – ⚽ Goal Chelsea 0-1

Hmm, that’s not good. From the resulting corner, an unmarked Antonio Rudiger powers home a header low to Cech’s left. There’s nothing the keeper could do about that one. The defence on the other hand…

📺 GOAL CLIP

7′ – Sweeper keeper

A Mustafi header is claimed easily by Willy Cabellero and distributed in the blink of an eye. Cech races from goal to clear his lines.

14′ – Penalty Chelsea

Fucking hell…we’re not at the races at all. Hudson-Odoi cuts inside Bellerin who hangs out a leg and takes out the 17-year-old. No argument, it’s a definite foul. The ref points to the spot.

15′ – Saved!!!!

Petr Cech throws himself down to his right to push Morata’s penalty around the post. Blimey, his second spot-kick save of pre-season! We’re lucky from the corner as Morata heads over at close range again.

Cech gets down well to his right to stop Morata’s pen

20′ – We’re really struggling

Chelsea look sharper all over the pitch. Keeping possession is a problem for the Gunners and we’re not coping well with the way the Blues press high up the pitch.

23′ – Another big save

Hudson-Odoi’s trickery bamboozles our defence again. He frees Morata on goal and Cech comes out quickly to block with his left leg. If it weren’t for our keeper this game would be over already.

25′ – *Andy Townsend voice* Better

Guendouzi sprays a cross-field pass for Bellerin to chase. He nearly gets past Alonso but then, frustratingly, fouls his compatriot in the Chelsea box.

27′ – Chance Gunners

Smith Rowe curls over from the edge of the box after David Luiz’s attempted clearance falls to him. A half chance, but our clearest opening yet.

30′ – Ooooh!

Brilliant skill from Ozil followed by a nifty pass out to the right sees us flow forward, but there’s no end product as Elneny’s cross is cleared by Rudiger.

31′ – How did Auba miss???

Ozil in full flow frees Mkhitaryan on the right. The Armenian crosses for Aubameyang who just needs to roll the ball home at the back post. Somehow he fluffs his lines, missing the ball completely. Better from the Gunners who get a clap from Unai Emery on the touchline.

35′ – Just wide

Guendouzi has a pop from 25-yards but the ball sweeps past Cabellero’s right post. Nice idea from the French teenager, who has been a bright spark. His willingness to get on the ball and move us forward is a positive.

38′ – Ouch

Kolasinac is down holding one of his considerable buttock cheeks following a clash with Cabellero. The Bosnian had combined well with Smith Rowe but couldn’t quite get a shot off and was subsequently taken out.

41′ – Cech to rescue once more

Again Hudson-Odoi springs the Arsenal offside trap. He’s one-on-one with Cech but the veteran spreads himself well to take enough off the ball before the trundling Mustafi gets back to head clear off the line. Another big let off.

43′ – Chance Arsenal

Cabellero flaps at a cross, it falls to Kolasinac at the back post but he dawdles instead of shooting is closed down.

Half-time: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

You can’t argue with the scoreline. Arsenal may have wasted a couple of half chances but the Blues have repeatedly exposed us on the break. Were it not for Cech, they could easily have four goals to their name. We’re just too open in midfield and the centre-back pairing of Sokratis and Mustafi look very slow. Ozil and Guendouzi have shown flashes of inspiration but that’s about it.

51′ – Neat interplay

Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Ozil and Smith Rowe exchange quick one-touch passes around the edge of the Chelsea box, but a final ball to Aubameyang is cut out.

53′ – Pot shots

Kolasinac skies over after a drilled cross from Smith Rowe. Then Elneny has an effort blocked on the edge of the box. We look like we’re growing in confidence. The Dublin Gunners grow in voice inside the Aviva.

57′ – It should be 2-0

Another Chelsea corner. Another Rudiger header. This time the ball goes wide. There’s a real lack of concentration when defending set pieces. Yes, it’s pre-season, but we need to get on top of that ASAP.

59′ – Ooooh!

Aubameyang chooses not to shoot and instead picks out Smith Rowe who takes a touch and then sees his shot deflected over by Azpilicueta.

62′ – Substitutions

Chelsea make five changes (one has more hair than Guendouzi!). Alex Iwobi comes on for Smith Rowe.

64′ – Kick it harder!

An energetic burst forward by Iwobi frees Ozil who in turn finds Mkhitaryan in space. The Armenian shoots from 20-yards but there’s not enough pace on the ball to trouble Cabellero. Not long after, Iwobi has a go of his own with his left foot. Why does it look like our players are kicking a medicine ball when they shoot?

68′ – Kolasinac off

The left-back seems to twist his knee challenging for the ball and immediately calls to go off. He doesn’t look in too much pain but he does head straight down the tunnel. Ainsley Maitland-Niles comes on in his place.

72′ – More Arsenal changes

Mkhitrayan and Aubameyang are replaced by Reiss Nelson and Alex Lacazette. The TV cameras pick out David O’Leary and Ivan Gazidis in the stands.

75′ – Surely 1-1? No!

Alex Lacazette picks up a pass by Ozil, cuts inside Andreas Christenson and looks sure to score. He opens up his body but there’s no curl on his right foot effort and it goes inches wide.

77′ – Bowie would be proud

Ozil whips a free-kick wide and it signals more ch-ch-changes. Cabellero scuttles to the bench then Maurizio Sarri sends on a couple more new faces. I’d list them, but I’m watching a Dutch stream and the Blues players don’t have names on their shirts…so actually, I won’t. Just for good measure, Calum Chambers comes on for Bellerin.

84′ – What a save!

I don’t know who the Chelsea keeper is, but he’s just stopped Iwobi from equalising. The Nigeria international side foots a low effort that looks destined to nestle in the back of the net, but it’s parried away. Turns out the keeper is Marcin Bulka, an 18-year-old Pole.

90′ – Pinball

More Arsenal intricacy in the final third, but Chelsea’s deep defence is able to suck up the pressure without the Gunners getting off a shot. There are three minutes of injury time.

92′ – Last throw of the dice?

Ozil lofts a free-kick into the box, it’s cleared but falls to Lacazette who lashes a left-foot effort that is saved by Bulcin. It’s an unbelievable stop by the teenager.

93′ – ⚽ GOOOOOOAL Arsenal 1-1

Would you believe it? With the last kick of the game, Lacazette taps home a Nelson cross from three yards out. The Dublin crowd love that. We’re going to penalties.

📺 GOAL CLIP

Penalties

Chelsea: Drinkwater scores (1-0)
Arsenal: Lacazette scores (1-1)
Chelsea: Abraham scores (2-1)
Arsenal: Nelson scores (2-2)
Chelsea: Moses scores (3-2)
Arsenal: Guendouzi scores (3-3)
Chelsea: Emerson scores (4-3)
Arsenal: Maitland-Niles scores (4-4)
Chelsea: Piazon scores (5-4)
Arsenal: Ozil scores (5-5)
Chelsea: Loftus-Cheek misses! Cech saves down low to his right! (5-5)
Arsenal: Iwobi scores (6-5)

📺 Watch penalties

Full time. Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea 

Well, that was fun! For the second pre-season in a row, we’ve come from behind to beat Chelsea on penalties. The Blues will be disappointed they didn’t convert more of their first half chances but Arsenal had by far the better of the second half. In that respect, Alex Lacazette’s stoppage-time equaliser was deserved. That said, over the 90 minutes, the manner in which we were exposed on the break was pretty worrying. We’ll definitely need to do some more work coordinating our defence at set-pieces and we’re crying out for a ball winner in the middle. Just as well we’ve signed Lucas Torreira. Perhaps he’ll get a few minutes when we play Lazio in Stockholm on Saturday?

Until then…have a good evening.

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Pedant
Pedant

Poor first 20 minutes. Lots better second half. Had some good chances, Laca and Iwobi should have scored. Not too bad in the end, great move with Ozil and Nelso providing Laca. Cech saves two penalties!
And a win on penalties!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Fuck you Chelsea

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Hahahahahahahaha Dennis Wise, let me sip on your tears of frustration.

myrtle
myrtle

Dennis Wise has to be the most ironic name in history

xxxrob
xxxrob

Was he that tit pundit in the grey suit with Winterburn post game? Was kind of getting ready for work so wasn’t watching the screen much but I could hear someone whinging with big Chelsea bias, only just caught a glimpse of him as my stream cut out .. he sounded devastated hah.

Jack
Jack

Chambers replacing Bellerin was the best decision of the game. The guy owned that right hand side when he came on.

Also, genius pass by Ozil to send Iwobi through to set up Laca

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Was at the game. Bellerin looked quite bad – not sure he has improved in 3 seasons. Got beaten basically every time by his man. Left back a big concern for me too. On the bright side, Guendouzi looks very very good.

Prof Wenger to Emerytus
Prof Wenger to Emerytus

I suggested we should give Bellerin to Barcelona and get Yeri Mina and lot of people here disagreed. They found ridiculous to give our best right back to get yet another CB. Man U is going to get Yeri Mina and he is going to hurt us pretty bad on corners.

Stevstar
Stevstar

Probably because:
A) he’s our best right back
B) that would leave us with only 1 right back again
C) it’s a stupid idea

Austin Lorenz McCoy
Austin Lorenz McCoy

Even Niles is better than him on the right, he crosses better, dribbles better, far more unpredictable and more calm

thank God we have tutu coming up the ranks or even Ben shaef would do better if given an opportunity

Overrated player that we can scan Barça with

mc1892
mc1892

People disagreed because he’s no better than any of our current cbs- arguably worse than most. He plays like Mangala (if you remember him)- big, strong, intimidating but utterly, utterly clueless when it comes to actual defending. He had a decent world cup, but watch some of his games for Barca last year and see what you think.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

5 things we learned-

1.Morata is poor man’s chamakh with better hair products
2.Bellerin needs to cut his hairs asap bad ju-ju
3.Messi keeps Ozils photo under his pillow.
4.Kolasinac really is a tank.100 offense ,-100 defense.
5.Guendouzi is the GOAT.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

I’m really bad at this sarcasm thing aren’t I? 🤔

myrtle
myrtle

I learned this should not be our first-choice defence. No coincidence they scored off a corner, there is zero height back there, and two almost identical, rash centre backs both looking to intercept with a high line. A better team would have been 4-0 by half time.
Why we didn’t go after someone in the Merteseacker mould I will never know, Mustafi and Sokratis look way, way off a premiership partnership.

A Different George
A Different George

Well, everyone who has complained for years about zonal marking should now understand that there can be serious problems with man-marking as well. Smith-Rowe twice completely lost Rudiger on corners–a goal the first time, a clear chance wasted by the German the second. (On another corner, between these two, Rudiger was marked by Kolasinac and he didn’t have a sniff.) I have no idea why anyone would blame Mustafi or Sokratis, whatever their other faults, for this result.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

I don’t think any9ne cares about the result. That doesn’t mean you can’t be concerned by their performance.

A Different George
A Different George

I meant blaming Mustafi or Sokratis for the goal, not the result of the match. Should have worded that better.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

Though why the heck was Smith -Rowe marking Rudiger? Total physical mismatch. Coaching team should have spotted this and changed it.

Stevstar
Stevstar

Maybe for the experience? as said the result didn’t matter. But may prove valuable experience for the Smith Rowe

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Time to unleash mavropanos then!!

N10
N10

Where has the younger Greek gone? Haven’t seen him much these days.

Austin Lorenz McCoy
Austin Lorenz McCoy

Even holding would win more aerial balls, still wish for us to try out Campbell at left back might turn out good like cherychev, Alba or Marcelo who are offensive and good at recovery

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I’d received quite a few thumbs down a couple of weeks ago for suggesting that if we have the dough to buy another player, a decent central defender should be our #1 priority. 😡

Stephen
Stephen

I gave you another for being a Maureen about it.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

It’s okay man, I was feeling a bit of the old masochistic streak after watching Bellerin play…that comment was FOR the thumbs downs…you guys are just the best. 🙂

Flashmob
Flashmob

It really did hurt to see Bellerin today…

Iyke4real
Iyke4real

Yeah he is a complete trash. Should be given out for free

xxxrob
xxxrob

Millennial alert.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

At least then will have to go out there and look for a decent RB.
Nothing worse than a bad player disguised as a talented. You will wait for him to produce and he ofcourse won’t. You’ll never sell him in fear of losing his claimed potential. And you won’t bench him because you think playing him week-in week-out is the way to develop him to reach his best.
And the end product is a “Theo Walcott” type of player with 10 or so years of very little contribution.

Nketibag
Nketibag

I get the impression he already thinks he’s the real deal. But he’s actually a 23 year old kid with a hell of a lot of work up to do. Have to say the crucifix earrings, hair and tattoos don’t do him any favours either. A lot of this has to go back to Arsene, who completely indulged him as first choice RB from day 1, without any pressure of cover from the absent Debuchy, he was bound to stagnate.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Jesus, stop with the Bellerin hate. Criticize his football, sure. But stop moaning about his clothes, earrings, hair and all that. Just makes you look stupid.
You even see people claiming he “lost it” when he started eating vegan.
He’s a young man, and a great role model too imo. Eats healthy, wears whatever he likes and seems to be loving life at Arsenal.
How about we get behind the guy and see if he can reach his extremely high potential, instead of bashing him for stuff not related to football.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

Seriously. Who the hell CARES about his eartings, hair and tattoos? The idea that these somehow detract from his footballing ability is getting beyond a joke

Mikhi's Mickey
Mikhi's Mickey

Something the grumpy old lad in the corner of a pub would complain about over his pint of Guinness… Or in football punditry, Roy Keane!

A Different George
A Different George

Or, unfortunately, Martin Keown.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

And it did hurt to see the wengerball of recent years is still how we play.
The amount of backward passes was cringe worthy.
We were easily contained most of the match.
press the defenders and they will turn and run back towards Cech.
Press Elneny and he would produce a backward pass.
The only players that seemed to play a positive football were Ozil, Guendouzi and to a lesser extent ESR.
Around the edge of the box we still have no idea how to proceed,
pass pass pass and that’s it, safe passes all around.
And I’m not gonna start with how poor Miki played.

Paul
Paul

Very happy with things at Arsenal at present! COYG…

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd
Paul
Paul

Haha but we are looking good so far. It’s a work in progress don’t you know?

Samgunz
Samgunz

No apparently most of these “fans” think this was the fa cup final, and we won too. Game of two halves for me, which is good, especially because we got better rather than worse, exactly the way a pre season top tier match should go if you’re the new coach who is still missing Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka and Lichsteiner, very likely all big players for us this season.

I can see Emery dropping a Mhki for a Nelson without a blink, same goes with Bellerin for Lichy, and so on, basically it is kinda pointless whinging about stuff that is not even cemented yet, I.e Cb pairings let alone a 1st 11. Better off picking out the positives and let Emery figure out the hard stuff, that’s what he’s paid and trying to do as we speak. Let’s sit back and enjoy this for once ae!?!?!

Thought Ozil had a decent game, good work rate, strength and balance on the ball, think his head is in a better place. Guendouzi again stood out and throughout, Saed was better than recent performances, Sokratis was the best I’ve seen him so far, Mustafi made 2 obvious gafs, hector was eeesh… yep. Auba performing average through middle, probably because he want’s his buddy on the pitch with him, but his close control and dribbling was a bit slow, looked a little heavy on his feet, Laca’s dribbling and passing ability immediately made a diff, as did Nelson and Maitland-Niles. Great pens and Great Cech.

A Different George
A Different George

I thought this was the best Kolasinac played in a long time, hope his injury is not serious. Ozil was very good and, I thought, would have been even better with Ramsey making runs.

Gooner2045
Gooner2045

Iwobi looked good when he came on, unlucky not to score. I hope fans can get behind him this season.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

Not too worried about our performance today. It’s pre-season and none of our 1st choice centre mids were playing. Love Maitland Niles and for all the hope around Smith-Rowe and Nelson I still think he has the best chance of cementing a place in the team over the coming season. Two ice cold penalties from the big man this pre-season.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Love AMN. I think him and Eddie are looking the best of the young bunch.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Yes, we obviously haven’t seen enough of what ESR is made of mentally. But AMN really is the friggin Ice Man out there. Nketiah seems to have his head screwed on right too.
Nelson still has a lot to prove imo.

Samgunz
Samgunz

I felt the same but after the last few games Nelson has really impressed me, and we are crying out for a natural RW, we lacked pace and width with Ozil and Mhki on the wings, so in terms of places up for grabs I think Nelson has a better chance of nicking Mhki’s spot than AMN does with getting in the midfield or ESR or N’ketia getting in the front 3. His technical ability has shone more this preseason than it did last season, good to see.

Samgunz
Samgunz

I would love to see AMN in the first team though, so far this pre season we’ve basically looked a better team when Nelson, AMN, Holding, Chambers (who was brilliant at RB for the last 20), Iwobi, Smith-Rowe and or N’ketia have been on the pitch together, this has been clear to me, I wonder how ruthless Emery will be? I sense heavy ruthlessness if they keep impressing.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Don’t know what to make of that game in the grand scheme of things.
The worst and the best of Arsenal on show tonight!

Aviz
Aviz

Few things to consider
1.Bellerin is still dog shit
2.Guendozi is already better than all the Cms we have(elneny,xhaka,Ramsey)
3.ozil and mkhi shouldn’t be playing at same time
4.we need a new pacy winger
5.Defence still looks shaky on the counter

Kingsley
Kingsley

Guendouzi’s ready to do a job for the first team. The way he’s not afraid to play the more incisive pass, you’d think it was him who was the CM with more experience and not Elneny.

xxxrob
xxxrob

The thing I love and am concerned about him is basically the same thing..

My concern with him is that because he often turns as he is receiving possession, opposition players are going to learn sooner than later to anticipate that and will move to tackle him. Pedro for example read it in the first half, granted he bought the free kick but EPL games aren’t always forgiving in that regard. If he tries to turn and gets tackled in our half we will be punished once the season is in full swing.

At the same time, I love his first touch and turn! It just opens up the entire pitch to him and he has shown that he is capable of playing incisive passes as you mentioned.

If he can build his awareness and learn when to turn or when to just knock the ball back to the CB or GK if there’s an opponent coming he’s going to be an asset as early as this season. For the most part he does it right already at 19 though so this is by no means a criticism just my observation so far.

I like!

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Communication from the players around him should let him know when to turn and when not to turn.

Hantal
Hantal

Three penalties saved in preseason- is this the improvement emery promised?

afan
afan

auba has lost his confidence

A Different George
A Different George

Still a troll.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

A few thoughts on way home from game…
Cech looks sharp. Real competition for first time at Arsenal making him raise his game ?
Mustafi is frightening. And not in a good way. Surely got to gamble on one of Chambers etc before season starts. He’s just quite poor.
Guenduozi? Very impressive. Naive but so much more to offer than Elneny.
Ozil & Micki…are they enough as a 2 behind a lone striker? Not for me. We need more pace.

Bodies to come back still so we will strengthen but centre half is the big worry.

Tungor
Tungor

I have my doubts on ozil and mickey together as well, we dont have the backbone to afford 2 playmakers.

Iyke4real
Iyke4real

On Ozil and Micki I think what we need is more power not necessarily pace.

Finlay307
Finlay307

Nah man. Mhiki is going to be a boss this year and score loads of goals. Go down as another one of ‘ the special cunt’s’ monstrous fuck ups. Like Salah and De bruyne, innit

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

No it aint.
A bad bargain he was. More “bad” games than good since he arrived.
No wonder he was a bench warmer.

joseph kakondere
joseph kakondere

u r just a maf

David C
David C

all these random comments and almost nobody is talking about how cool Laca’s goal was and how amazing his penalty was. That guy is just so bloody calm in front of the net, I’m proper jealous. I’m a defender so if I’m anywhere near the net I just try to smash it as hard as possible without aiming 😉

Laca was really hot at the end of the season after his surgery and now he’s used to living in London/playing in the EPL. I think we’re going to see a big season from him. 25 goals all competitions at least!

COYG!

GunneRon

Pre season or not, its always nice to get one over the chavs. But Emery has a real job in his hands to sort out our defensive frailties and stop us from leaking avoidable goals. If he succeeds in doing so, I am confident we’ll have a fairly successful season. COYG !

Gizzo
Gizzo

John terry is a cunt

Volting gunner
Volting gunner

I pretty much hate it when people state the obvious

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Yeh but we need to repeat it so the younger generation can have it burnt to thier memory as well.

Stephen
Stephen

I like it. Never forget.

   kaius
   kaius

Absolutely disgusted that Hudson-Odoi plays for Chelsea. Poor guy. Get out while you can kid!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Don’t worry you won’t see him again

Tungor
Tungor

Thumbs down peps didnt get the point at all

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

As much as Guendouzi is good going forward he is liability on the other side. He is careless on the ball, weak in duels and sometimes he forgets to track his player so I don’t think it would be wise to start him against Man City next week. But overall his perfomances are encouraging. He is not a defensive midfielder.

Rowe is ready. He should be involved in the first team this season. He is special and it seems that he is not afraid of the chances he gets. I liked him today again. Not a goalscorer like Ramsey but already more useful in the build-up play and transition.

On the other side I am little bit worried about Emery not using Niles that much in the pre-season. Of all the youngsters we have, he is at the moment the only one who put consistant performances and should have a future with us.

In my opinion we shouldn’t buy a new winger this summer. We should give more chances to Nelson and keep Welbeck. Imo Niles could also play there. After all he was a right midfielder/winger.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Sorry, totally disagree. Not sure about other pre season games but Smith Rowe looked like a talented kid who is still quite a bit off first team level tonight. He really struggled.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

He struggled at defending corners. It is true it was more or less his goal. But what did he struggle otherwise?

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Mostly at knowing what to do & what positions to take up, and in attacking positions as well as defending. Probably not as easy to see on tv but from where I was sitting the game mostly passed him by. It’s stuff he will learn but he has quite a bit to go yet. We won’t see him much outside of the league cup imo. (this season)
No need to hype kids up early. His time will hopefully come.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

He will only learn that with training and playing with the first team. Do you think Fabregas and Wilshere knew everything when they started? Do you remember how Niles played his first games in the CM? Bad but he is getting better every game. I didn’t mean he should play in the first eleven but to have a fair shot in the Premier League next season.

Bois
Bois

If we want to give chances to Nelson, then we might as well play Joel Campbell who is an international experienced winger who is effective in the final third as we have all gotten to witness in the league. The other players had to basically point out to Nelson where to go next. HE has time to learn his trade but first team is coming a bit to fast for him

Tungor
Tungor

I would be very suprised if Emery didnt share your thoughts, to ve confirmed vs Lazio

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Wow, let’s not buy a world class winger and give the chance to mediocre nelson and Welbeck and then let’s hope for a great season!
yay!

Sten
Sten

Was like a home game – 70% gooners. Nice! The crowd even managed to get frustrated like at the Emirates!

GunneRon

Shout out to the Gooners in Dublin. Great atmosphere in the stadium !

Trez
Trez

If we don’t get another CB, we are finished. Sokratis – Mustafi will be the undoing of this team. If Ramsey wants to leave – Sell and get a CB and a winger.
Sokratis WILL struggle in the league. Sven must have been out of his mind when he chose this guy over Benatia.

Almọnd
Almọnd

He’s cheaper, but I don’t want to conclude yet

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Don’t disagree about Sokratis, but is Benatia actually that good? I don’t have any other suggestions, mind. At least if we’d gone for Pavard or Soyuncu they have time on their side, so even if they didn’t do brilliantly they’d have some sell-on value.

Bois
Bois

Unai has a job on his hands to bring out better offense from this team. There is a lot to be desired. If our wing backs were to remain back defending I really cannot see how our attack can manage. Chelsea had one attacking player killing us.
And it really sucks to see 9/10 players pressing. We cannot afford to carry anyone this season. Maximum Effort!!! (A la Deadpool). COYG

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

As far as defending goes, it sounds like nothing’s changed then.

Sean
Sean

Well sadly it has changed a bit, in the sense that amidst the occasional tactical chaos, we don’t have a peak Koscielny or Mertesacker to fall back on anymore :/ No doubt the defensive issue’s a worry, but it was always going to be a rocky period for the new man practically starting with a blank slate as far as our defence goes. Let’s see how we knit things together after a few weeks of the new season.

Chidi
Chidi

The day we’d move on from Mustafi, our defending would have gone up several notches

Kostas
Kostas

It was just a friendly but the rivalry was obvious. I am a bit worried on this high pressing style that leaves the midfield wide open and the lines too far away. Hopefully we will improve with time. I don’t want to be pessimistic but it feels like we lost.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

We hardly pressed.
It was the same ol’ wengerball all over again.
Just look at the start of the play that led to their penalty. 5 or 6 of our players were strolling around the Chelsea man with o pressure at all.

Andrew
Andrew

I know it’s a nothing game but fair play to all those kids stepping up to take penalties ahead of more experienced players. Good form.

Gandalf
Gandalf

How broad is Ainsley Maitland-Niles? Looks like he should be in NFL!

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Those letters won’t support themselves..

89 was fine
89 was fine

Our faults were clear to see in the first half, but on a positive note, in the second half we played some good football and kept the ball well. Emery still has plenty of work to do but I felt the team didn’t give up or fold when struggling in the first half and slowly improved. To score with seconds left and win the shootout against that lot…brilliant.

King 14enry
King 14enry

Interesting that Loftus-Cheek is back playing and Welbz is still on holidays, despite the former playing more at the world cup

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Liking the lingerie adverts btw

Dewey
Dewey

First time I’ve seen this match report layout. Love it!

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

Sanogo’s 4 goals
Ox winning us the Charity Shield
Beating Chelsea again today
The ARSENAL never disappoint me on my Birthday !

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Ramsey – minor calf problem in the warm-up.

Being prepared to be sold?

Cheetoh_Slick_esq.
Cheetoh_Slick_esq.

Our goal was really cool. I wish you showed the entire play from that short corner because we destroyed them on a 3 on 2 before we put that one in.

Mark
Mark

Definitely good to see us against an English side that we’ll be competing with, though both sides were short key players (our whole central midfield and left back out). Definitely a worry with lack of pace in the back (even when Monreal returns) other than Bellerin (who can be outrun) and how high we were playing without enough pressure on the ball. If we are going to play so high then we need better pressure on the ball when pressing and it’s going to be tough to do that in a coordinated fashion with our three central midfielders not having played together at all yet.

Great to see the two youngsters show very well against another solid opponent, interesting that Smith Rowe got the start over Iwobi after Ramsey was ruled out.

Edzo
Edzo

Mustafi and sokratis are slow. We will struggle when teams counter attack.

Chambers at right back? Already learned that won’t work.

Our two best goal threats aren’t on the field at the dame time

And why is ozil starting on the wing.

arsepedant
arsepedant

Wow, Morata is bad. If Morata’d had nine shots at Tupac, Tupac would still be alive.

KingKolo
KingKolo

Worries AMN isn’t getting time in midfield. Not sure Emery sees him as a real prospect as he hasn’t got minutes yet. Maybe he trusts him and wants to get a very good look at Guendouzi. Guendouzi looks good but so did Zelalem and Reine-Adelaide. AMN performed well against good sides at a faster pace than I think Guendouzi could cope with yet (not strong enough or quick enough to not get robbed a fair bit in the PL, see Xhaka for details). It took Granit – an experienced CM – a season and a half to get to grips with PL… AMN is ready now

Savage
Savage

What’s with the team’s crazy new celebrations? I’m loving it.

joseph kakondere
joseph kakondere

This is going to be another unbeaten run. Lucas is going to eat them up in the midfield thus giving the defenders good cover, Though we conceded 2 identical headers but knowing how much the coach is keen on the finer details,thats something that is being worked on. See you after the 38th unbeaten game.

santori
santori

As I mentioned before, I think certain people tend to want to imagine improvements that are not (yet) there just bc it isn’t Wenger in charge…

Plenty of work still to do.

1) High Line. Very dodgy at times at the back. We were lucky we did not get a marginal call against us (in one instance the Chelsea player was actually on side).

Again HIgh press is nothing new and may in itself create dangers for us behind the fullbacks pushing forward (as it did last season BOTH with Monreal and Bellerin)

We had less problems with CHelsea but if we face Liverpool (Mane-Firmino-Salah) or City (Sterling-Mahrez-Sane), I just wonder if Mustafi and Papas may get stretched. They will not have the recovery pace without the likes of a fit Koscielny.

2) Zonal marking for set pieces still an issue. Why we repeat the same mistake and asign young Smith Rowe again to defend against Rudiger is beyond me.

We will also have potential issues with height now that Torreira is in the squad. As I mentioned many times before (taking nothing away from the better qualities of the Uruguayan), we could well benefit from a player with a bit of height to cover at CDM, this particularly when faced against Fellaini tactics.

Some many years ago, the fleetingly seen Abou Diaby did a superb job keeping Fellaini (then at Everton) in his pocket. Sadly we do not have that capability anymore in midfield.

3) As illustrated by the excellent young 17yr old Chelsea had terrorising out right, we lack a winger (particularly left side)

Sarri went 4-3-3 which is in effect similar somewhat to how France prosecuted their world cup to great effect.

Emery does not at present have the right asset to do so.

IMO we are still very much married to either a 4-2-3-1 or a narrow midfield with a back four, midfield diamond and possibly 2 up.

That is OK in itself but we could well benefit as well from going 4-3-3 and exploiting space out wide better.

Particularly even with current formations, Iwobi was effective adding threat for us and instigated a better attack second half but he is not natural to the position.

Nor do we have a player who can complement Aubameyang on the break if we should elect to take advantage of the ability of Granit, Torreira or Guendouzi to quick release from defense with an accurate long ball forward.

Therefore currently, (perhaps Wisely) Emery is concentrating on details as to what we have ALWAYS been doing with Wenger.

When/should he get a different sort of asset, he will be able IMO to introduce a different capability/style to the way we approach things.

santori
santori

As for the players performance against Chelsea, lots of work to be done by most of the players but it is good we have rough edges exposed in pre-season so we don’t believe we are suddenly ready to compete (like unfortunately some people all too easily fall into)

Performance –

1) Cech – As I mentioned, he is the stalwart. It is on the onus of BOTH Leno and Martinez to prove they can unseat him. Good penalty save (even if it was poor from Morata) and seems to have been working on this part of his game

2) Kolasinac- Better this game, playing a bit more to his strength as a bulldozer (with quick feet). Got forward well and ha da very good opportunity with that one two with Smith-Rowe. Unfortunate to take the knock, hope it isn’t serious.

3) Bellerin – Torrid time against the superb Hudson-Odio. But he got a bit better once he had better measure of the youngster and manage to get forward. Still distribution needs a bit of work. Underpar though and timely reminder to him that he should not take his place for granted.

4) Mustafi – Some good some bad. Got beat for pace by Morata too easily, but later cleared off the line. Some good intercepts seemed to coordinate fairly well with Papas but on one occasion second half ventured too far forward unnecessarily.

5) Papas. Largely didn’t do anything wrong. Composed on the ball. The worry of course is against pace across the line, we will have issues. Mustafi is the more mobile but even so, Koscielny’s speed (as the sweeper) helped last season (even if Koscielny himself made some glaring errors). BUT Papas will have to rely on positioning. If we play the high line, we will be in danger of getting caught. Liverpool (Mane-Salah-Firmino) and City (Sane-Mahrez-Sterling) particularly worrying.

6) Guendouzi – He’s a real talent. Like the way he turns to engage and he splays the ball out from deep very well. Certainly reinforces similar capability from Granit and Torreira. BUT if we play a diamond with him at the base (for the matter Torreira), he will have to be very careful. Some naive decision making still when cornered with the ball in deep positions where he gambles in possession.

My feeling is we are actually more secure with 2 in deep midfield (but that may have impact to us further up at times).

In any case, Guendouzi also has to be less flimsy. The way he goes down against a challenge right now, if we have a less sympathetic Ref, we may pay the price.

7) Elneny – He’s decent but the problem with him is he doesn’t add anything beyond. Back up is all it is. In that he has the edge on AMN bc of experience.

All the same, likely deep midfield first pick will be one of Granit, Torreira or Guendouzi for two positions.

8) Ozil – Drops deeper to help control and orchestrate. We saw some of this last season. HIs distribution and vision are key. If he stays aggressive this season, we will have a good edge in midfield.

The issue with captaincy will be more about his fight when the going gets tough.

9) Smith- Rowe – As Wenger says, everyone always thinks he has the prettiest wife.

We see that Chelsea’s double barrel youngster Hudson Odoi is even better.

Smith-Rowe needs to develop. Sure keep him for league cup but he is frankly best off on a strong loan if we can identify a team that can develop him further.

10) Mhkitaryan – As I said when we signed him, he’s a decent player but not what we really needed last January. He seems to me more a hedge against Ozil and/or Ramsey leaving, either that or the old school tie ala Mslintat has precedence.

The problem I have with our current assets is they can’t beat opponents for pace or on technical skill. Therefore the attack breaks down bc they need to wait for the cavalry to reinforce them further up and its another pass backward or sideways.

Again as we’ve seen with Hudons-Odoi, a quick asset with skill brings you more direct threat and a faster transition into attack.

It was similar with France deploying Greizzman and Mbappe in a 4-3-3.

We will face similar against City with Sane-Mahrez-Sterling and Liverpool with Mane-Salah-Firmino. These will be very dangerous teams against us because they can bypass our high press and get in behind the gap left by our need to push forward fullbacks to add width…never mind the highline in defense.

11) Auba – A quick asset can also help unleash Aubameyang. His touch controlling the ball at apex is better than Lacazette but he needs someone to complement him up top on the break and at pace.

12) Chambers – Interesting to see Emery explore Calum again at Rback. Naturally Lichsteiner will be more likely the candidate but Chambers (as I have mentioned many times before )IS a natural rightback even if he isn’t as pacy. When we signed him from Soton, he was doing damage as a fullback against teams like us.

In the game, we saw very good distribution from Chambers during his cameo…better than Bellerin. Pace is one thing but there are assets to bring to bear.

13) Reiss – I think we have a role fro Nelson this season. Did not do as much in the short time he was on but he adds pace and technical ability on the right which will help Bellerin both offensively and defensively.

Whilst (IF) we can do with adding an extra wide player left side, I think Nelson can be the candidate to do similar on the right. This will prevent us from over committing Bellerin forward.

14) Iwobi – Again many people prefer to over emphasis certain new players but Iwobi to me was way MORE effective instigating attacks for us when he came on for Smith-Rowe.

Got himself into several dangerous positions, needed to take that shot with a bit better conviction.

BUT he creates things for us in the way Alexis did.

Problem is I am not sure wide left is his best position. He looks to me still better coming up from deeper and closer to middle. Not a natural wide player but clearly a HUGE asset for us.

15) AMN – What’s not to love about him. Just the most unfazed player.

Again as I mentioned before, don’t think it was necessary to have got Lichsteiner, perhaps our efforts were better served getting someone quicker at Cback (like say Boateng from Bayern).

AMN has made mistakes but his recovery rate is superb. I don’t think he will get too much of a look in at midfield (bar injuries which is the Arsenal curse of course) which is why I would have preferred we used him as alternate to Bellerin (and with propensity to also cover at Lback and in midfield)

Just a superb asset, well done Arsene for introducing him into the first team.

16) Laca – When playing Laca we must understand how he functions and what are his best strengths. As I have mentioned before there is a reason why Deschamp started Giroud ahead of Laca for France. He simply does not protect or hold the ball up as well.

Where Laca is most dangerous is closer in the box. He isn’t the quickest like Aubameyang so at distance, he is more likely to get caught. BUT at short space closer to box, he is in his own element.

He looks hungry Lacazette.

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Finally a word has to be said about our penalties. Massive improvement from against Atletico (maybe it was heat and jet lag in Singapore)

Calm dispatch by Laca- Ozil- Nelson-AMN-Guendouzi and of course Iwobi.