Burgenland XI v Arsenal – Match Preview
Arsenal embark on their third pre-season game against a regional select side. As with all games, the emphasis is on a gradual step up in performance.
The game will see most of the players who took part in the first two game being given another chance to impress Arsene Wenger. Some have taken the opportunity and have made Arsene wonder if they are ready for first team duties.
The performances of new signing Aaron Ramsey have certainly caught the eye as have the youthful and energetic displays of Jack Wilshere. The young 16 year old has shown maturity beyond his years in both games this summer. Other players who have performed well are Mark Randall, who looks ready to challenge Ramsey for a regular substitute position.
Francis Coquelin is ruels out of tomorrow’s game with a thigh injury, whislt Harvard Nordveit who flew back to England to play in the reserves friendly against Crawley Town is also ruled out with injury.
The Hoyte brothers did not perform as a centre back pairing and I doubt we will see either of those partnered again for the first team. With the injury to Norveit, Wenger may introduce Djourou into tomorrow’s lien up.
Niklas Bendtner is one player with a lot to prove and fight for. He knows his touches have let him down so far, but the young Dane has immense talent and will come good. He has set himself targets for the new season and he can attain those target with a few good displays.
Carlos Vela showed some deft touches in his first run out for Arsenal on Tuesday, tomorrow will allow him to expand on that first game and start to get the Arsenal fans longing for the season to begin.
Even though Wenger indicated that the players who joined training on Monday are not likely to be involved until the Stuttgart game, I think Arsene realises that he needs to introduce some of them early.
What a sight it was in pre-season training to see Abou Diaby, he is one player who needs to play and get full match fitness as Arsenal will be relying on the big France international in the new season.
This is the final game of the Austrian camp with the team moving on to play their first high level game on Wednesday when they come face to face with former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehman as they take on VfB Stuttgart.
The game is live on Arsenal TV or Arsenal TV Online.