Months ago, after the fixtures were released for this Emirates Cup, I looked forward to see any new blood that Wenger could add to team. Gibbs, Wilshere, and couple of others have been featured in their younger years in this 2 match preseason competition. So I hoped to see Zelalem, Akpom and Hayden but Wenger added Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide made waves in the games he featured and it seems Wenger is poised to keep him in the 1st team. The 17yr old no-45 shirted lad provided the assist for Arsenal’s lone goal against Wolfsburg to win the Emirates. Wenger sure has some nice words for the lad:
Yeah definitely. He is 17 years old and he looks very promising but he needs to work with us for a year in the first team. To be an adult, to play for the under-21s and to develop. There is fantastic potential there but he will stay with us.
on how much Reine-Adelaide will play…
I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. But today was a good opportunity to see him. In some situations of course, he has the game of a 17-year-old player but on the other hand he has shown great potential as well and looks very advanced physically for his age, and I’m sure he has learned a lot these last two days
I also looked forward to seeing the reaction at the Emirates when Nicklas Bendtner will play against Arsenal for the first time since moving to Wolfsburg. The Dane failed to score but his shot stung Cech’s hands in the games. He was cheered when he was subbed in against Villarreal and subbed out against Arsenal. The Lord, The Legend.
With Szczesny on the train to Rome, Martinez manned the sticks against Lyon but Cech made his Emirates debut against Wolfsburg and kept a clean sheet. The Czech international has now won two trophies in just two games. Haters will say it is preseason. At least I am not saying the preseason was bought like a certain Portuguese.
A day before, Arsenal scored 6 against Lyon of France. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Chamberlain, ALex Iwobi, Ramsey, Ozil and Cazorla was enough to begin the Emirates Cup. The team from France looked turn apart by the fluidity and the pace of the team with Ozil the orchestra. You must note that this is Ozil’s first preseason with Arsenal since he joined. This season has to be better.
In all Arsene wenger is happy with the weekend and will hope that this continues till the end of the season. Arsenal’s next game is the glorified preseason game popularly called the Community Shield against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho. This may be the best time for Arsene Wenger to get one over Mourinho especially with this momentum.
In Nigeria, Warri Wolves took El-Kanemi Warriors to the cleaners with 5 goals with no response from El-Kanemi. The Seasiders are now 4th on the GloNPFL log with a game in hand. An away win in Ilorin on Wednesday will push them further up to 3rd just behind Enyimba and Sunshine Stars. Warri no dey carry last.
So many things to talk about: Jay Jay’s Nephew in Iwobi, Walcott’s runs, Chuba Akpom’s misses, Gabriel-Chambers pairing, Ramsey-Wilshere, Cech’s hat, the away kit, 7 goals from 7 different goal scorers, clean sheets and what have you.
Why is no one talking about the Gold Cup like the Copa America?
Happy new week.