While the fans continue to show outmost dismay over the yet-to-arrive marquee signings and asking what is wrong with arsenal, the gunners were at the Toyota Stadium to fire some salvo over Arsene Wenger’s former club, Nagoya Grampus.
Oliver Giroud continued his Asia Tour form, netting in his 6th goal within just 3 minutes of the game. 6 goals in 68 playing minutes for the Frenchman? This Higuan-Suarez saga may have ignited this form; or is it because of the opposition? Grampus are below the mid-table in the J-League. Well, Rosicky’s cross was pin-point and Giroud header was good.
A defender handled the ball in the box as Giroud tried to move past him. Arteta stepped away for home boy Ryo Miyachi to score from the spot. This was his first goal for the club. I await a competitive goal soonest, if he is in Wenger’s plans. I love Ryo’s pace. Is he faster than Walcott? I believe so.
In the 2nd half, Walcott dinked Arsenal’s 3rd from an excellent through pass from Gedion Zelalem. Zelalem is 16yrs but that pass and many previous ones have raised comparism with former-home-sick-captain Fabregas. Is he is the plan? Would he be the next league one hero? Is he the next big thing? Wenger, abeg answer!!!
Just like the Veitnam XI, Grampus did pull ne back in the 72nd minutes thanks from a header from Kiso Yano. Fabianski couldn’t keep his clean sheet. Only Szczesny is yet to concede in this tour.
3-1 it ended in favour of the Red North Londoners: a good work-out, a re-union for Wenger, Ryo and Japan, a good customer relationship, a good fan base. We move on to Urawa Red Diamond on Friday.
In other news, Bendtner is still in London; no new signing yet (forget Sanago) and Santos has moved on. It is quiet unfortunate that one of Wenger’s 2011 panic buy would leave in such manner; Sad but good for the club. The deadwoods are dead-ing away.
Nacho Monreal hurt his back and should miss the start of the season. Not Again!! Is the left back cursed? Is Bernard really coming? Don’t salivate on that yet; wait for arsenal.com
Why we clamour for men upfront, let us not forget the backline. The Vermon is injured and unfit and we need back-up (Williams?) for Merte-scienly. Sagna isn’t competent enough. Don’t be carried away by the pre-season or the Sunderland encounter.
Tata has replaced Tito. United hasn’t signed Fabregas and I hear a United Striker was injured yesterday…..
Finally, where is PARK??