Arsenal 4-0 FC Twente – Match Report
This was billed as a routine game for Arsenal and so it turned out. Fabregas’ first appearance of the season coincided with Arsenal’s most fluent and attacking performance of te season and a 4-0 rout of Steve McClaren’s FC Twente.
Arsenal knocked the ball around without threatening, until the 28th minute when Nasri picked the ball up on the edge of the area, he jinked past a couple of defenders before slotting the ball home for Arsenal’s first of the night and effectively killing the tie off.
Arsenal should have added to the goal, but Arsenal’s strikers were having a bad night. First Bendtner received the ball, his first touch let him down when he was through on goal. Next it was van Persie to show that he too has not yet found his scoring boots. Following a great run from Walcott, he squared the ball, with the goal at his mercy, van Persie curled his shot around the post.
Denilson and Walcott both came close, but the Arsenal fans could not believe that the score was still 1-0. Fabregas was the difference, he controlled the midfield, always available to receive the ball, shielding it well and his distribution was first class. His display coincided with Theo’s best game of the season. Runnign at the defenders with great pace and aggression, this is the type of display that we want to see from Walcott.
In the second half Eboue replaced Nasri, but Arsenal pushed on. Bendtner was having a nightmare game trying to control the ball. It was no surprise that Fabregas nearly engineered Arsenal’s second, a ball to Gallas saw Arsenal’s captain run through the Twente defence, only to be tackled, the loose ball fell to Fabregas who threaded the ball to Denilson, his shot was parried by the keeper, but Gallas knocked in the rebound.
Adebayor and Song replaced van Persie and Fabregas. The game entered the training ground phase with Twente having plenty of possession, but little to show for it. In the 68th minute, Walcott scored a typical Henryesque goal, a goal that should become his signature goal if he is confident to execute it.
With game over, the fans were hoping for a Bendtner goal and at last the Dane got his rewards, but neither he nor van Persie could be happy with their performances.