4 Star Gunners Win|Denilson’s fate sealed?
Arsenal began their pre-season preparation with a comprehensive victory over a Malaysian XI in a game played under the uncomfortable heat in Kuala Lumpur.
The starting XI comprised Szczesny; Jenkinson, Koscielny, TV5(C), Gibbs; Song, Wilshere, Ramsey; Miyaichi, Walcott, Cham29.
We dominated proceedings right from the start and after Wilshere was hacked down in the box on 5 minutes, Ramsey converted the resulting penalty.
Miyaichi and Walcott were doing well with their pace on the wings but they could have done a lot better with the end product. We were in control of the game and Ramsey was having an outstanding evening.
Eight minutes before half time, his delightful chipped pass to Walcott was lobbed over the keeper by the Englishman. 2-0 at half time and we were cruising.
The second half brought massive changes with Mannone, Squillaci, Djourou, Traore, Vela, Frimpong all coming on.
The Malaysian side had Kunanlan Subramaniam who sometimes threatened on the left flank with his sheer pace but they had nothing to show it.
Our third goal soon arrived, courtesy of Carlos Vela who beat the keeper with an audacious chip. This is somewhat becoming a trademark for him.
It is great to see Vela among the goals again. He has had a lot of troubles making an impact at the club. He should get his chance next season and we will be delighted if he can contribute significantly when the real business starts.
There was no denying this Arsenal team a win but we added a cherry on the cake. Arshavin who had come on in the 66th minute; after a mazy run chipped a wonderful cross into the path of Rosicky. The Czech Republic captain headed in with precision.
4 nil and game over!
It is worth mentioning that we were sporting the away jersey in this game. While I love the colour of the kit, I have my reservations concerning the crest. The design just does not make me excited.
But one man looks as though he won’t be wearing that kit for long. Brazilian midfielder Denilson came on at half time and was substituted on 66 minutes.
Arsenal fans have been angered because we felt, like other members of #TeamDeadwood, Bendtner and Almunia, the Brazilian should not have travelled with the team.
It is as though Wenger needed just 20 minutes to realize that Denilson is not in his plans for next season. Hurray!!! Wenger has finally seen how poor Denilson is.
The Brazilian was visibly disappointed with the decision and instead of returning to the bench, he headed straight to the dressing room. It is interesting to see how Wenger reacts to that. A move is already on the cards I should think.
There you have it gooners! Solid debuts from Jenkinson and Miyaichi, Vermaelen and Ramsey also put in great performances. Our season opener, and the goals have started pouring again. It is particularly great to see us keep a clean sheet.
Are we sure Wenger will not see this as a reason not to sign defenders for the coming season? I hope not!
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