Arsenal won the Emirates Cup yesterday with a 1-0 triumph over Wolfsburg. After Villareal triumphed over a poor Lyon, Arsenal needed to at least draw with the Germans to ensure we won the competition. A Theo Walcott 50th minute goal was the difference. In all, it was a great tournament, here are 5 truths that came out from the tourney.
THE YOUNGSTERS ARE JUST EXCEPTIONAL
Every Emirates Cup brings its own share of young players to give some excitement to the gooner faithful. So its was no surprise when Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide impressed when given chances; but they did not just excite, they brought belief among the fans that they could something special. Iwobi’s confidence must have been boost when he scored and as I started in a previous article, he could be a star of not just the future, but of now! (Read the article here).
Jeff Reine- Adelaide does not win the best U- 17 player in France for nothing. His movement, long strides and charisma at the age is just heart-warming. His assist to Walcott for the only goal was just Vieira-like and his movement reminds many Nigerian Gooners of Kanu Nwankwo.
These two along side Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem, Isaac Hayden, Daniel Crowley, Jon Toral, Chris Willock and so many others are the future!
ARTETA IS NOT THE SOLUTION.
Arteta has been great servant of the club. He was surely a stabilizing influence in a trying time for the club. His leadership skills, his ability to keep things simple on the pitch is just admirable. However, he is not a young chap any more.
In the game against Wolfsburg, he was almost non existent in the first half, Andre Schurlle, Kevin De bruyne and co had a free day in the midfield and when out full backs went forward, there was no adequate cover for them.
This just makes me scared, what if Coquelin gets injured or is suspended or his girlfriend gives birth or his dog dies or his neighbour slips on his door and can’t move, are we going to be stuck with a slow Arteta?
Morgan Schneiderlin, Kondogbia, Imbula and the injured Carvalho have all been rumoured this season, none of them came. It seems we have to look inward this time, Isaac Hayden did a decent job when he came on, while Kristain Belik can be a good understudy.
But Wenger should not sit easy that he has Arteta is an excellent backup to Le Coq because in all fairness to the amazing captain, he is not!
CARZOLA IS INDESPENSABLE!
There is no doubt that Santi Carzola is just indispensable this season. He is one of the main players that we need to keep fit. His ability to spot a pass, his dexterity with both feet, his set piece ability are just a few on why the fans love him. The Emirates Cup has gone further to prove that our Spanish Magician is not only important to us having a great season ,but he is crucial!!
OZIL CAN ASSIST ANYTHING
In Modern day football, assist are sometimes more important that goals. You see fans standing to clap for an assist and give little compliment to the scorer.
You would not blame them especially when you have a player like Mesut Ozil.
The German is just wonderful. His assist for Ramsey’s goal was just awesome. The way he waited and waited for the Welsh man to make his run and just put it on a plate for him was just sweet.
I think Ozil would have a great season as I stated on this article on why Ozil would be the Star this season ( check it out here). More interesting his is understanding with Santi Carzola and Ramsey, it bodes us well.
THIS COULD REALLY BE THE YEAR OF THE OX!
I wrote an article on my blog a couple of weeks back that this could be the year of the Ox; many people doubted my prediction but I am so happy that my prediction looks more likely to come true ( read the article about the rise of the Ox here). Against Lyon, the main catalyst behind the 8 minute rampage where we scored 4 goals was just Oxlade-Chamberlain. He was the driving force. No other person.
This chap could be a really great player this season but still needs to work on some areas of his game like not losing the ball so easily at times, but in all, he is just exciting to watch. Proud that he is a gooner….
Thanks for reading…see you tomorrow…