Arsenal’s relatively slow start to their preparations for the new season continued after drawing 1-1 with Hungarian side Szombathelyi Haladas (or Zombie-Bath-Eye, as they will now be referred to) overnight.
As with the game against Barnet, it was a mix of first-choice and reserve-team players who started the match as Mexican striker Carlos Vela finally made his debut, playing alongside Nicklas Bendtner up top. Gavin Hoyte joined his brother Justin in the centre of defence, while Aaron Ramsey again started in the centre of the midfield and 16-year-old Jack Wilshere began on the left.
Despite an intimate knowledge of who started the match (thanks Arsenal official website!) I did not get to see the game and have very little to say on how we played, save for the goals scored by Theo Walcott and some fellow from Zombie-Bath-Eye.
Young Theo must have been reading the blog yesterday because the finish he provided was exactly the sort of thing we are all expecting of him this season. It was like a little message to the readers of this blog to assure us that, yes, he is ready to rumble. Or maybe I’m just deluded?
Anyway, the next pre-season fixture will see Arsenal take on some club called Burger Land XI (or something) on Monday. Hopefully the boys can keep their hands off the burgers and knuckle down on their fitness training this week and put in a good performance against Ronald McDonald, Grimace and The Hamburglar.
In other news today Thierry Henry has been speaking about Arsenal’s chief troublemaker, Emmanuel Adebayor. The Frenchman praised Adebayor for his excellent season last year but also admitted that the Togolese striker needs to make up his mind up about where he will playing soon.
“The only thing I can say is that he had an amazing season last year. Whenever you have a season like he had a lot of teams are coming to get you. It is up to him in his mind. I can’t talk for him about what his choice is going to be.”
Henry is right, Adebayor did have an amazing season last year. And he’s also right in saying that when you have a season like Adebayor has had it is bound to attract the interest of the biggest clubs in Europe.
But what he fails to add is that Adebayor should respect that the reason that he had such great season in the first place; because of his teammates, his manager and perhaps most importantly, the club. Without these three working so well Adebayor would not have had the season he had last time around and for that reason alone I think he should repay the faith that Arsene Wenger and the club have put in him and stay.
Samir Nasri has only been at the club for about five minutes and even he can understands the stability that Wenger and Arsenal provides. Speaking about the manager in particular:
“He represents stability and continuity. We understand we can work on the long term with him. It means the world. I was looking for that kind of guarantee to advance my career. I didn’t want to go to a club, even a legendary one, where everything could change from one day to another.”
They are wonderful comments to hear from a new player. It’s clear the lad has his feet firmly on the ground and understands the advantage that a club like Arsenal has over the Barcelonas and Real Madrids of the world. Hopefully Adebayor can wake up and understand that before he makes a decision he regrets.
That’s it from me. It was a pretty scattered post today, I have to say. Apologies for the mayhem and try and enjoy yourselves.
PS. Almost forgot the Wednesday Poll! This week it’s about our good friend Adebayor and whether or not you think he will leave Arsenal or not. Enjoy!
|Will Adebayor stay at Arsenal?|
|Yes – but I don’t want him to|
|No – but I want him to stay|
Have your say on the draw with Zombie-Bath-Eye, Henry, Nasri or Adebayor by leaving a comment.