Gunners stump Sturm/Dudu says goodbye.
Hello gooners! I am currently enjoying an exceptional week, with major exams in two days and a trip back home the next day. I really can’t wait to get home. Arsenal has given me a reason to smile with a birthday present just some hours after celebrations had ended.
We got our pre-season engagements to the best possible start with the 4-zip drubbing of Barnet at the Underhill. Goals from Arshavin, Simpson (a brace) and Nasri made sure we started the season on a high note. There were debuts for Marouane and Koscly too, and while Marouane was involved in virtually every move since he came on, Koscly was largely undisturbed. It was a joy to see the lads again and in a new kit too. Arshavin posted a man of match performance, notably unselfish and Rosicky was close to his best.
With “Mission Barnet” accomplished, the lads flew to continue preparations in Austria and our next match was against SK Sturm Graz which was played yesterday. Fabianski started in goal, Nordtveit started at right back and Marouane was given his first start in Arsenal colours. But it was Nasri who stole the show with two first half strikes, an angled drive on 16 minutes, and a wonderful freekick two minutes from half time. Lansbury added a third on 57 minutes and that was all we needed for what seemed like a routine victory. In all fairness, SK Sturm were just clueless and simply could not cope. So 3-zip the match ended and we are still enjoying an unblemished pre-season record which stands at 7 goals in 180 minutes of football. Not a bad stat, no matter the quality of opposition.
Meanwhile, with all the noise about Cesc leaving, it seems another deal was going on behind the scenes. Our Crozilian striker, Eduardo “Dudu9” Da Silva has completed a move to Shakhtar Donetsk. The club confirmed this on their official website and stated that Dudu had passed a medical and agreed terms of around £50,000 a week. His record with us stands at 20 goals in 67 appearances and while it’s so sad to see the back of such a master finisher (when he got the chance), there’s no denying the fact that he lost “a lot” in THAT injury at Birmingham two years ago. He has not really reached previous heights since then and even missed a couple of sitters, an anomaly for him two seasons ago. I feel quite disappointed that he didn’t really get a chance to get back to his best and was not effective for most of the time he had on the pitch. If Arsene feels it’s time to move Dudu on, and he’s agreed to it, I think it’s in the best interest of everyone connected to the Arsenal. We at Memoirs of a Gooner will like to thank Dudu for the memories and wish him all the best in future.
So the team is falling into place, the kids impressing and the big boys doing their part. The rumours are still lying around but one man that’s definitely not joining us is Joe Cole. He signed for Liverpool two days ago and says he’s looking forward to creating goals for Torres and the forward boys over there. We never really needed him in my opinion as we have too many similar players. What we need now is a decent goalie and some defensive cover, as a fully fit TV5 is currently what stands between us and a Koscly-Djourou centre defence partnership. Catastrophic innit? No not really…
By the way, a statement on the official website says the club has decided to forbid the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium with immediate effect.
“This decision has been taken to ensure the enjoyment and safety of supporters on matchdays, which is of paramount importance to the Club.”
So that’s it gooners, what happens in South Africa, stays in South Africa! Have yourselves a nice week and enjoy our players have fun in their pre-season matches. You can see pictures of them in training here.The Emirates Cup is in a week…yeah, the new season is that close and I frankly can’t wait for the carnival to begin.
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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