Daily Archives: July 26, 2015

Arsenal 6-0 Lyon: Match Report and Player Ratings

The Wales international is congratulated by Olivier Giroud after putting Arsenal into an unassailable lead before half-time 

Arsenal 6 (Giroud 30′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 34′, Iwobi 35′, Ramsey 39′, Ozil 62′, Cazorla 85′) – Lyon 0

Match HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference (via Arsenal.com)

There’s this feel an Arsenal fan gets when they see the magnificent Emirates Stadium every season. The magnificent arena with a great fanbase cheering the lads up to do better. After the long-standing trophy drought, Arsenal has won two FA Cups in their new home ground and the fans would be wishing for more.

The Emirates Cup is a decent competition that offers the fans to watch their team play against Europe’s finest and down the years, some great teams have featured in the tournament. As fate may have it, there are also times when an ex-Gunner gets to visit the home ground of a place he once called home and depending on his departure from the club, the reception the player gets varies.

Take Mathieu Flamini for instance, that departed acrimoniously because he wanted some extra coins of silver. When he played for AC Milan in the 2010 edition of the tournament, his every touch was met with jeers and boos from the crowd. Two years later, King Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls visited the home of football and as you’d expect from his adoring fans, he was treated like the King he is. Yesterday, the egotistical and cocky Lord Nicklas Bendtner led the line as VFL Bendtner Wolfsburg lost to Villarreal but the fans seemed to be happy with the Lord and his every touch was greeted with a cheer.

The fans welcomed their heroes for the first time at home and when I saw the lineup, I expected a good game of football. What I witnessed was an awesome game of football. Arsene Wenger did ever so well to find a balanced side as the lads continue to build their fitness for the forthcoming campaign. While I expected to see the experienced heads on the pitch, the likes of Alex Iwobi and Emiliano Martinez offered a different dynamism to the team.

Lyon actually drew first blood when Njie fired a shot straight at Martinez after receiving a neat flick from Alexandre Lacazette. There were some injury concerns as the game progressed – some bloke called Lindsay Rose used his knee to smash Le Coq at the back but Clement Grenier pulled his hamstring after attempting a simple pass, much to his disappointment as the look on his face showed that he was in great discomfort.

After that early spell came the blitz! Arsenal smashed in four goals in eight minutes and I was absolutely stunned with the breathtaking football on display. The first was rather routine – Mesut Ozil swinging in one of his superb dead balls that was headed shouldered home by Olivier Giroud. Following his struggles in the Everton game, as well as the club’s links with Karim Benzema, I was hoping for Arsenal’s alpha dog in attack to come up with the goods and its always nice when you see your main striker opening the scoring.

Former Montpellier striker Giroud opened the scoring after the ball appeared to loop in off his shoulder as he leapt for a header

Giroud opening the scoring

The second goal came from the exciting Ox. Wenger was hoping that the lad adds some end product to his game and I’m sure the manager was very pleased to see the Ox get on the scoring act. After latching onto a brilliant pass from Aaron Ramsey, the Ox guided the ball to the goalkeeper’s far post to make it two.

England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires past Anthony Lopes in the Lyon goal to put Arsenal three ahead

Ox making it two

A minute later, some intricate passing play saw Ozil and Ramsey combine before Iwobi smashed the ball into the back of the net. That was his first goal for the club, albeit non-competitive but the lad expressed his delight after the game. Iwobi even scored a second of the day but the offside flag denied him.

Ramsey’s fourth goal was another living proof that Ozil is such a fantastic footballer. The German schemer dallied on the ball and waited for Rambo to make a darting run before executing one of his orgasmic passes to the Welshman. Ramsey obliged and gave the finish the buildup deserved.

Aaron Ramsey slides in to put Arsenal 4-0 ahead five minutes before half-time to round off an incredible spell for the Gunners

Ramsey poking the ball home

Arsenal took their foot off the pedal in the second half but there was still time for Ozil to get the goal his game deserved and the cake received some icing when Santi Cazorla used his left foot to guide a free kick under the wall to make it six. For a team playing Champions League football this season with Arsenal, Lyon was absolutely demolished and I wouldn’t want to be in their dressing room, even though it’s a pre-season encounter.

The manager stated that the entire squad had the responsibility to add more goals to their team and he must be very excited with having six different goalscorers in yesterday’s game. It was an awesome game of football as I said earlier and I’m obviously looking forward to today’s action against Lord Bendtner and Wolfsburg.


Player Ratings


Emiliano Martinez kept his concentration levels in check and made many superb saves in the course of the game. 8/10

Per Mertesacker had a relatively untroubled afternoon. His only notable highlight was jumping into orbit to stop an aerial ball from going past him. 6/10

Laurent Koscielny made a couple of interceptions but it was bread and butter stuff for the Boss. 6/10

Mathieu Debuchy looks really nice with his new hairstyle but he didn’t offer much from an attacking perspective. He did alright though. 6/10

Kieran Gibbs was a bit sloppy at times and didn’t really contribute much to his team’s attacking play. 6/10


Francis Coquelin had a very tidy game protecting the back four and I also noticed that his passing has improved. Maybe it’s just me. 7/10

Aaron Ramsey put up another virtuoso performance in the middle with his goal and two assists proving that he’s a vital asset to the team when playing from the middle. 9/10

Mesut Ozil was a class act, dictating the tempo of the game and providing two assists for his team mates. His goal was well deserved too. 9/10


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put up another commanding performance and I was happy he scored a goal too. 8/10

Alex Iwobi showed some measure of confidence and he even scored a good goal too. I’m so happy for the lad. 7/10

Olivier Giroud was brilliant as ever, linking up play and doing his thing in attack. 8/10


Mikel Arteta offered his calm presence in the middle of the park and it was nice seeing the captain getting more minutes under his belt. 7/10

Chuba Akpom was unreasonably selfish and was trying too hard to impress. He even had a shot that clipped the post. I feel he needs a loan spell though. 5/10

Theo Walcott had one half chance after receiving a magnificent reverse pass from Cazorla but the goalie denied the Englishman. Bar that highlight, he was largely peripheral. 6/10

Santi Cazorla showed his class as he made an influence on the game and capped it up with a brilliant goal. 8/10

Rene Adelaide is one skillful lad. He even earned himself some sweet words from his manager after the game. 7/10

Isaac Hayden didn’t play long enough to get a rating. N/A


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