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Arsenal 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Post by arsenal27 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:47 am

The diminutive Russian, together with Jack Wilshere, were in good form for Arsenal as they overcame Atletico Madrid.

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Jose Antonio Reyes' return to north London was made to be wretched, as his initial touches on the ball were thwarted by eager teenager Aaron Ramsey, who broke his play while the home side made vocal their displeasure to see the Spaniard, a former Gunner, on N5 turf.

The 25-year-old, though, marked his intent to silence his detractors as he fired a cross into the path of Sergio Aguero, who struck the post in the sixth minute.

Moments later, Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky, who has spent the last 18 months recovering from a complex hamstring twinge, could have gotten the Gunners off to a strong start with a long-range curling effort that rippled the net but was ruled offside.

The attacking-midfielder's initiative from outside the box would no doubt give home supporters much delight, and would counter the past criticisms of Arsenal 'walking the ball into the net'.

Reyes was again focal to Atletico's attack, and if he was not aiming to set up former Liverpool fringe player Florent Sinama-Pongolle, then he was instead looking to zip a shot goal-ward. Both events occured within a minute of the other as Atleti looked to capitalise on their possession.

The two teams returned to the dressing-room without a goal for their efforts, however, the second half - and the introduction of burgeoning English teen Jack Wilshere - sparked a new lease of life into the game as the prodigy, likened to Liam Brady, linked well with creative Dutchman Robin van Persie, Bacary Sagna, and then, two minutes later, with Nicklas Bendtner, who fired disappointingly high of the target.

Just after the hour mark and Wilshere is once again central to Arsenal's build-up play as he picks up highly-rated Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but the fully-capped international failed to find a flaw in Sergio Asenjo's guarding of Los Colchoneros' goal.

The game's goals all arrived toward's the fixture's conclusion, as Andrey Arshavin broke the deadlock in the 86th minute when the Russian used a well weighted Cesc Fabregas cross to his advantage.

Unfortunately for Arsenal and for the former Zenit St Petersburg ace, Atleti found an instant retort to the Gunners' converted effort, as Pacheco fooled the home team's rearguard and slotted the ball home in the bottom corner.

Not to be beaten or outdone, Arshavin made a mockery of the Spanish camp's defence and finished from a seemingly impossibly acute angle, like he has done for Arsenal, and for Zenit, in the past.

Despite the loss, Atletico were still awarded a point for their goal, while Arsenal collected five (three for the win and two for Arshavin's deuce) and stormed to the top of the table.

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Arsenal - Mannone, Sagna, Djourou, Gallas, Traore, Ramsey, Denilson, Rosicky, Eboue, Bendtner, van Persie.

Subs - Almunia, Clichy, Silvestre, Fabregas, Song, Vermaelen, Arshavin, Vela, Eduardo, Wilshere, Emmanuel-Thomas.

Atletico Madrid - Sergio, Raul Garcia, Ujfalusi, Juanito, Heitinga, Reyes, Assuncao, Dominguez, Aguero, Sinama-Pongolle, Forlan.

Subs - Simao, Antonio Lopez, Rodriguez, Perea, Jurado, Valera, Cleber Santana, Cabrera.

Referee - Mark Clattenburg
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Post by arsenal27 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:47 am

This is why We Trust Arsene Wenger!

Hats off to Arshavin...!
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Post by Lord Melchett QaVam on Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:15 pm

Wilshere was the best player on the pitch for this game, he's going to be a fantastic player for us.

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Post by Quiver on Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:13 pm

Lord Melchett QaVam wrote:Wilshere was the best player on the pitch for this game, he's going to be a fantastic player for us.

Just needs to build on his physique, he has plenty of time to do so.

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Post by arsenal27 on Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:41 pm

He can be a star... if Hopefully he is honest and commits to Arsenal rather than ditching the club...
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Post by Lord Melchett QaVam on Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:42 pm

I think he'll be a Gunner until Arsenal let him go, he doesn't seem to be of the same mould as Bentley and Pennant.

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Post by enigma on Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:48 pm

Jack Wilshere’s maturity is a result of his early elevation to the first-team, according to Reserves boss Neil Banfield.

The 17-year-old burst on the scene with a string of record-breaking first-team cameos at the start of 2008/09. And, after helping the Under-18s to a League and Cup ‘double’ last season, Wilshere was back with Arsène Wenger’s seniors during pre-season.

He started against Barnet, and twice on the Gunners’ Austrian tour, before illuminating the Emirates Cup with two goals and two Man of the Match performances against Atletico Madrid and Rangers.

Wilshere’s contribution may have surprised the watching fans, media and England manager alike, but Banfield hardly raised an eyebrow.

“Jack has gone into the first-team, worked hard and now we’re starting to see the sort of player we hope will be there in the end,” the second string manager told Arsenal.com. “I think if you have a season working around Arsène you can’t help but mature in every area.

“You can see the heightened maturity in his play and the physical development. It is all a result of the manager taking him in early. I think he [Wenger] saw something there and it has paid dividends.

“He has had a year with the first team and has learned a hell of a lot being around Arsène and his coaching staff. I think from now on we’ll see the fruits of their labour.”

It is less than 18 months since Banfield handed the then 16-year-old Wilshere his Reserves debut - on which he scored - in a 1-1 draw with Reading.

The second-string manager admits that Wilshere’s latest exploits have made “keeping a lid” on the situation the primary objective. But in Wenger, there could be no better mentor for the 17-year-old.

“Jack will be developed and used when the manager thinks he is ready. Arsène has been doing it for years and he knows,” Banfield continued.

“The lid needs to be kept on, without a doubt. But I don’t think Jack could be working under a better man.

“For Jack it’s another year of working, listening and taking these opportunities when they come along. Hopefully he’ll have a really long career at Arsenal Football Club.”

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Post by arsenal27 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:09 am

we should keep our fingers crossed!
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Post by Quiver on Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:34 pm

Lord Melchett QaVam wrote:I think he'll be a Gunner until Arsenal let him go, he doesn't seem to be of the same mould as Bentley and Pennant.

Okay, a honest question. I presume you have been a longer fan follower than i am of Arsenal.
Do you think we at Arsenal let players go off easily? Most of the clubs, manage to get a year or two more out of the players even when they want to go. Allright, its fine if we let a moron like cashley cole go. But why toure for example. Didn't find him such a bad character anyway.

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Post by Lord Melchett QaVam on Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:53 pm

Quiver wrote:
Lord Melchett QaVam wrote:I think he'll be a Gunner until Arsenal let him go, he doesn't seem to be of the same mould as Bentley and Pennant.

Okay, a honest question. I presume you have been a longer fan follower than i am of Arsenal.
Do you think we at Arsenal let players go off easily? Most of the clubs, manage to get a year or two more out of the players even when they want to go. Allright, its fine if we let a moron like cashley cole go. But why toure for example. Didn't find him such a bad character anyway.

The trouble with Toure was simply either he or Gallas had to go, and it was Toure that got a bid.

Once a player wants to go, there's no point keeping them as they wont be brilliant and will destablise the squad, but some are convinced to stay a bit longer. Toure wanted to leave back in January because of Gallas, but Wenger managed to convince him to see out the season. We kept Vieira a season longer than we should have done, and various other players are the same, but once they set their sights on leaving, the best thing to do is let them go. As for the youngsters, it's rare to have a large bulke make it in any team, most teams might get one or two if they're lucky every few years. We've had lots of kids who had the potential, but not the mental attributes to make it, but the current crop of youngsters do seem to be the ones to take the club forward.

Of course the biggest problem Arsenal has in keeping players is simple, we're not a club who throughs money around, we handle our finances properly, but that comes at a price as players who are motivated by greed or to heavily influenced by agents will always want to leave to go to clubs who spend far to much money. In the short run we are suffering, but in the long run we will be laughing, as clubs like Chelsea, City, Man Utd, Real, Barce and so on will be heavily effected by the credit crunch they'll find money very tight as they will have to start paying back their creditors, while we be in a healthier position as we have managed our finances better.

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Post by arsenal27 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:20 am

Well, There have been rumours that Arsenal have to pay huge debts... Is that true ? ? ?
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Post by Lord Melchett QaVam on Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:21 pm

The only debt we have are the ones connected to the stadium and Highbury Square developement, and these are all mangeable with the income put aside to pay off, our debts are no where near as bad as those Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Real, Barce, Juve, Inter & AC have.

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