Arsenal 3 - 0 Man City
The Premier League is so close, I can almost smell it. You know, if it had a smell. Tradition was kept today though, with the Community Shield acting as the season opener.
Both sides fielded teams that weren’t quite first teams, but there was still plenty of quality on show. Ramsey, Alexis, Toure and Nasri were amongst the starters.
Arsenal started well. Sanchez was bringing a new swagger to the side, and Debuchy was helping to pump crosses into the box. Possession was very much ours for the first few minutes.
Manchester City were seriously struggling to keep tabs on The Gunners. Alexis, Ramsey and Cazorla were strutting their stuff, leaving Yaya Toure and Fernando were scrambling after them.
It was no surprise then, when Cazorla got the first goal in the twenty-first minute.
[Cazorla] intelligently dummy-turned Gael Clichy, and slotted the ball into the far corner. It was a classy goal.
The ball trickled across the face of City’s box, coming to Cazorla in the middle. He intelligently dummy-turned Gael Clichy, and slotted the ball into the far corner. It was a classy goal.
Thankfully, Arsenal kept their foot on their pedal as the half went on.
City were growing into the game too, but by the forty-second minute, Ramsey had scored Arsenal’s second.
Alexis got down the right-wing (again) and played a perfect ball into the path of Sanogo. The big front man held off Boyata before playing Ramsey in. The Welshman flicked the ball into pace inside the area, and smashed it home. Another beauty.
To begin the second half, Wenger replaced Sanogo, Alexis and Koscielny with Gioud, The Ox and Monreal respectively.
I was worried about Arsenal’s solidity at the back, as The Gunners now had four full-backs making up the back line. Yet, they managed to hold strong.
Strong enough in fact, that Arsenal soon managed to grab a third goal, through Olivier Giroud.
[Giroud] muscled his way into space, before launching a rocket into the back of the net.
The big Frenchman picked up the ball around twenty-five yards out, muscling his way into space, before launching a rocket into the back of the net. A goal from nothing, and a stunning goal at that.
Giroud needed to make himself heard amongst the names of Alexis, Sanogo and Campbell, and he certainly did that with his long-range belter.
Manchester City were looking more and more dangerous as the game went on, but Arsenal just weren’t budging.
In the end, the Community Shield was secured, and Arsenal were lifting some more shiny silverware. The way it should be.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Made some good saves, dealt with crosses well and was brilliantly quick off his line.
A very strong performance from Debuchy. He muscled players off the ball, pumped in good crosses and worked hard down the wing. An instant upgrade on Sagna.
Yet another impressive performance from Callum. He held his own against the likes of Dzeko and Jovetic, making good tackles and winning aerial battles. A worthy backup defender for this season, and a very hot prospect going into the future.
Chambers was taking the brunt of the pressure, but Koscielny chimed in with some well-timed tackles and blocks too. Subbed at half-time.
Defended well, pushed forward when he could and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Mikel had a fine game in the middle. He didn’t exactly bully Toure and Fernando, but he certainly had his way more often than they did. Still think we need a more battle-ready defensive-midfielder.
Jack didn’t create much,although he technically got the assist for Cazorla’s opener. However, he was the link between Arteta and Arsenal’s attackers, and he helped keep things flowing nicely. Looks fit and ready.
Santi looked lively today. He was tricky on the ball, passed well and got himself a very classy goal.Good to see him upping his game in recent times.
Ramsey: [8.5/10] - MOTM
Aaron was the jewel again today. He started slowly, but as the game went on, Aaron was looking like the live wire we’ve all come to expect him to be. He linked up with Alexis well in the first half, and took his goal excellently.
Only played for the first half, but he was highly involved. He picked up the ball deep, running a the City defence. Played a superb ball into Sanogo for Ramsey’s goal, and played a part in almost every other attack. What a player.
Yaya was making positive runs throughout the first half, one of which led to Ramsey’s goal. He battled well, worked hard and created space for others. Had a chance to score, but dragged his shot wide. Subbed at half time.
What a strike. Olivier made himself heard today with an absolutely stunning effort.
Replaced Koscielny and surprisingly looked comfortable in the face of Dzeko, Jovetic and Silva. Made some decent defensive clearances.
The Ox [6.5]
Alex didn’t really get involved after coming on. Kept things moving, but that’s about it.
Flamini, Rosicky, Campbell [N/A]
Another piece of silverware? I could get used to this.
Ramsey, Alexis, Debuchy and Chambers really stood out for me today, despite three of them being new faces. Debuchy and Chambers already know the English game, whilst Alexis is simply world-class. Brilliant buys by Arsene.
City just couldn’t stop us today. Our wingers and full backs all had field days, our finishing was top notch, and you could see our confidence was sky high. The beautiful goals came as a result of all that.
Walcott, Ozil, Merteacker and Podolski are yet to re-join us, and so I’m pretty damn excited for this new season. How about you?