Arsenal’s third pre-season match took place against a regional select team in the Sonnerseestadion in Austria.
True to his word Arsene Wenger selected a team based on the players who have been in training for last three weeks. The late-comers will get their first piece of action against VfB Stuttgart. A last chance to catch the manager’s eye before in his own words, the real games start.
It did not take long for Arsenal to get off the mark, a great run from Traore found Hoyte on the wing, the ball was crossed, it rolled to Wilshereat the far post who made no mistake with Arsenal’s first goal of the game.
Once the frist went in it soon became a matter of how many goals did Arsenal want to score, and score they did in rapid succession.
Bendtnergot his scoring off the mark withtwo well taken goals, taking the ball on the right running into the box and putting the ball beyond the keeper on both occasions.
Carlos Vela was determined to show the travelling Arsenal fans what they will see next season, he picked up the ball from Gavin Hoyte , drifted past the defenders, he waltz into the box and slotted the ball home for 4-0.
The fifth and Bendter’s hat-trick was soon to follow, after some great play from Denilson, he set the Dane free who made no mistake in claiming his hat-trick.
After scoring his third, Bendtner crossed the ball, which evaded Wilshere only to find Vela at the far post to tap the ball in for his second and Arsenal’s sixth.
Bendtner got his fourth and Arsenal’s seventhjust before half-time with a deft touch to control the ball then to put it away.
Wenger brought on Walcott, Simpson, Randall, Lansbury, Mannone, at half-time but Arsenal carried on where they left-off. Walcott was through, his shot was parried by the keeper and came to Simpson who was unable to control the ball and it went wide. Within seconds Wilshere skipped through the defence but a little overelabaration meant he was unable to add to his earlier goal.
Arsenal were able to score at will and score they did, Walcott strolled past defenders as if they were tailor’s dummies, he threaded the ball to Vela who slotted the ball home for his hat-trick.
In fifteen minutes in the second half, Jay Simpson had the opportunity to score a hat-trick, but soem good keeping and over-anxious finishing meant that Simpson had to wait for his first goal of the game.
On the 65th minute, Wilshere led the defenders on another merry dance, only to be brought down in the area, the referee gave a penalty which Wilshere put away for Arsenal’s 9th of the game.
The scoring continued, with neat football leading to Walcott getting on the scoresheet, a goal he richly deserved.
Burgenland then did the unthinkable, they scored!! Buoyed on by this goal, the Austrians got a second just at the death.
This was a stroll in the park for Arsenal, but it was a professional performance and a striker always enjoys scoring goals no matter who the opposition is.
Arsenal step up a level on Wednesday when they face VfB Stuttgart before returning home to play in the Emirates Cup. These youngsters will be involved in the next three matches, and Arsene may add Merida and Lansbury to his squads.
Starting line-up: Almunia (Manonne -45); Sagna, Hoyte (G) , Hoyte (J), Clichy (Randall- 45); – Wilshere, Denilson (Walcott – 45), Ramsey, Traore ((Lansbury – 45; Vela, Bendtner (Simpson – 45)
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.