Daily Archives: August 3, 2014

Arsenal 0 Monaco 1: Player Ratings

Alexis Sanchez

After a great outing against Benfica, the Gunners failed to replicate that form against a resilient AS Monaco side, that got the goal that was enough to hand the Emirates Cup to Valencia. Gooner Daily reviews the performances of the players on the night,

DEFENSE

Szczesny (6) was relatively untroubled but he had no chance in Hell to catch that close-range header from Radamel Falcao.

Debuchy (7) was a constant threat on the right and he put up a good showing in his first Arsenal performance.

Koscielny (7) was his usual dominant self in the heart of the Arsenal rearguard.

Chambers (7) made some inch-perfect tackles and was assured in possession. He’s a great one for the future.

Monreal (5) struggled a bit on the left and his wing was always exposed.

MIDFIELD

Arteta (6) tried to stabilize things in midfield but there were times he was found wanting.

Ramsey (6) didn’t influence the game as he would have liked.

Wilshere (7) was always trying to make things happen and spread a lot of carefully-threaded passes.

ATTACK

Cazorla (6) probed a couple of times in the course of the game but he didn’t make the impact he would have liked.

Sanchez (7) was inventive with the ball and he tried to make his mark on the pitch. Didn’t do badly as the lone striker when he was afforded the chance.

Giroud (4) looked clearly out of sorts and he was very sloppy as well.

SUBSTITUTES

Miquel (5) struggled in center back, but did well to get a card from a cynical challenge or it would have been curtains.

Zelalem (7) threaded a sexy through ball to Akpom that was meant to have resulted in a penalty.

Flamini (6) wasted no time in getting a booking. He sure loves a booking, doesn’t he?

Akpom (7) showed his pace to win what was meant to be a penalty but thanks to poor officiating it was ruled as a free kick.

Bellerin (N/A) didn’t play long enough to get a rating.

Sayonara.

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Arsenal 5 Benfica 1: It’s the Yaya Sanogoal Show

Emirates (Emirates Cup)

Arsenal 5 (Sanogo 26′, 45′, 45′, 49′, Campbell 40′) – Benfica 1 (Gaitan 61′)

Player RatingsMatch HighlightsWenger’s Press Conference

Following the hilarious own-goal infested 2-2 draw between Valencia and AS Monaco, it was Arsenal’s turn to bask the Emirates sunshine with Benfica set in their sights. Arsene Wenger’s lineup had a mix of youth and experience as Damian Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Joel Campbell, Ox and Yaya Sanogo forming the youthful section while old hags like Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini rode the experienced train.

Early on Rosicky fashioned a chance for Campbell that bore down on goal before he was impeded in the box but his penalty appeals fell on deaf ears. Bellerin managed to skip past his marker and sent an inch-perfect cross to Sanogo but the lanky Frenchman miscued his shot and it went wide of the mark. Arsenal’s woes were almost compounded when Nacho Monreal, in the spirit of the No. 18 jersey, attempted to score an own goal but the ball went wide.

Chambers put up an efficient performance

However the match opener arrived when Aaron Ramsey used his incredible skill to get the ball in his stride before drilling a cross that was flicked home by Sanogo. That was his first goal in Arsenal’s colors, albeit a non-competitive game, but it was a moment to savor nonetheless.

Arsenal doubled their money when Bellerin teed up Campbell with another peach of a cross and the Costa Rican forward side footed the ball beyond the hapless goalie. Some intricate passing play between Ramsey and the Ox ended up with Campbell having a golden opportunity to score his second goal but his finish didn’t match the exciting build-up. However, Campbell was involved in creating a good chance for Sanogo that tapped the ball into an unguarded net to make it three. Sanogo then completed a scintillating hat-trick when he fought hard to get to Ramsey’s cross to make it four.

Campbell had a great game and a goal to cap a really good performance

Wenger brought on Cazorla at the start of the second half but Arsenal picked up where they left off at halftime with Ramsey blasting a shot that was parried into the path of Sanogo that fired the ball into the net to make it five. A player had not scored for the club since joining but somehow he had managed to blitz four goals in a game.

Wenger brought on some reinforcements as Jack Wilshere replaced Ramsey among other subs. However, Benfica managed to get a consolation goal when Maxi Pereira pelted the ball into the danger area and Nicolas Gaitan reacted quickly to Bebe’s header to nod the ball past Martinez.

With Sanogo’s confidence higher than Sergy Bubka’s Olympic pole vault record, he attempted an unorthodox dribble as he skipped past three to four men before sending the ball into the heart of the Benfica defense. Wenger then summoned Alexis Sanchez that got a massive ovation when he stepper into the pitch.

Late on, Bebe had a couple of close shaves from free kicks while Maxi Pereira blasted a shot that hit the post. Arsenal’s last chance arrived when Cazorla and Sanchez connected well on the right and the Chilean’s cut back was fired goalwards by Francis Coquelin but the ball clipped the post and crept away.

At the end, it was purely entertaining stuff from the Gunners but the star of the day was undoubtedly Yaya Sanogoal, that inspired the fans with one hell of a show.

Sayonara.

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