As you probably know already, the former Arsenal star Robert Pires is back at the Club. Arsene Wenger has not re-signed the 39-year old midfielder, but after the summer saga with Mathieu Flamini earning himself a new contract by impressing the manager, you never know. Maybe Pires was encouraged by that situation to try his luck, who knows?
Eisfeld surely deserves a great chance! by Ash
Thomas Eisfeld has often been a player that has been left on the fringes of the Arsenal set up ever since he joined the club back on the final day of the January 2012 transfer window in a deal of less than half a million from German super club Borussia Dortmund.
Winning was not important because of progression in the cup but for the future of the club by KJ
As most of us would’ve seen on Wednesday night, we managed to eventually beat a West Bromwich Albion side that was very experienced and of Premier league quality with a team that was full of youngsters (most of them making their professional debut). I personally wasn’t expecting a winning result simply because West Brom have had the luxury of rotating for players that they’d happily start in the Premier league. On the other hand, Wenger would’ve never started Bendtner, Hayden, Ryo, Gnabry (only forced by Walcott’s injury) and Eisfeld in the games we’ve played so far in the league. There is definitely a gap in quality.
After Arsene Wenger rested most of his first choice Arsenal players for the league cup trip to West Brom, the Gunners should be able to field a well rested first team for the visit to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Saturday. This is great news for a squad depleted by injury, but there are a couple of things still concerning me.
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Arsenal, (3 – 4 on penalties) player ratings by KJ
The Arsenal team in comparison to West Brom’s was a lot more inexperienced and I did fear the worst when I saw both line ups. However, the first half proved that neither team was at it, as it was a rarity to see a team keep the ball for more than a minute.
The second half is where it livened up a little bit. We managed to score thanks to some good work by Bendtner and Eisfeld (both of whom were arguably our worst players in the first half). Bendtner played a well weighted through ball and Eisfeld coolly finessed it past the keeper. 0 – 1.
Arsenal vs West Brom match review by Ash
Arsenal travelled to West Bromwich to face the Baggies in what was expected to be a highly contested League Cup tie. The game certainly did disappoint however as it was overall quite a flat game, however in the end thankfully the Gunners managed to come away with a win after both extra time and penalties.
It wasn’t a good game, nor was it easy to watch, however the final result is all the matters and after having to go through both 90 minutes and the extra 30 minutes of football, it all came down to a classic, nerve biting penalty shootout.
Arsenal travelled to the Hawthorns to face West Brom in the Capital One cup, but most people would not have recognised them, because Arsene Wenger made nine changes, with lots of young players and back up players coming in. The big news was the return of Nicklas Bendtner, who has been given a chance to redeem himself.
The Arsenal defence was the most recognisable part of the team, with Fabianski in goal behind a back four of Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Monreal. Arteta returned, but in a more advanced position than usual, with young Isaac Hayden as the main defensive midfielder. Eisfeld, Gnabry and Miyaichi made up the midfield with Bendtner up top.
Arsenal vs West Brom match preview by Ash
Today Arsenal will come up against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. Expected to be an interesting game, Arsenal will need to be on top form to beat West Brom, who of course will be going for the win in their own stadium, the Hawthorns.
Arsenal may be doing well in the league however with several players supposedly getting a rest for today’s game, which means Arsene Wenger, will allow some of the youngsters and fringe players to make an appearance and just see what they can do.
Gnabry’s chance to step it up! by Ash
Serge Gnabry may be just one of Arsenal’s many exciting young talents, as well as one of our many promising German players now at the club, however the 18-year old seems to stand out amongst the rest when it comes to the youth and reserve teams because his pure talent and skill on the ball has made him reach heights far greater than expected for his age. He seems to have overtaken his compatriot Thomas Eisfeld in the race for the Arsenal first team, but can he cement a place in it this season?
The first game of Arsenal’s pre-season was more about fitness and promoting the club in Indonesia, so not a lot can be read into the starting line up. Arsene Wenger gave quite a few young players the chance to impress, and Mikel Arteta captained the Gunners in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen.
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Miquel, Gibbs
Arteta, Ramsey, Gnabry
Walcott, Akpom, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Although Arsenal started with a high tempo, it took about 20 minutes to hit the back of the net, but it was a great move when it came, Walcott providing a slick, precise and calm finish after a brilliant run and lay-off from the Ox. Before that, Ramsey and Gnabry had stood out with some good skill and drive to get forwards.
A big part of Arsene Wenger’s philosophy at Arsenal involves bringing on talented young players, and he has certainly had a fair amount of success in that area. It has been a while since a young player broke through from the academy and stamped his authority on the first team, and it is high time that somebody did.
The pre-season games are an ideal opportunity for the young players involved to stake a claim for the season to come. The current tour of Asia gives these aspiring talents the perfect stage on which to shine, especially as there are a number of regular players missing through injury, illness or extended holidays.
Arsenal’s investment in youth development and the Academy seems to be paying dividends, with the under 19s having reached the semi-finals of the European NextGen competition after beating CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium last night. That means that the young Arsenal players are just two games away from winning the whole thing.
After a hard fought victory in Italy against Inter Milan in the last round, the Gunners hosted the Russian side CSKA Moscow in temperatures that would have suited the visitors better. The promising young German striker Serge Gnabry scored the only goal of the game, but Arsenal were great value for the win and could have scored more. 17-year old Gnabry has made four senior appearances for Arsenal this season, and proved again why he is so well thought of at the club.