Sunday, 20 August 2006

Ashburton Grove a-go-go

Slightly disappointing start to The Gunners tenure at the new Emirates Stadium with a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa to kick off the 2006-7 season:

From what I could tell from the highlights, we started similarly to last year - fantastically stylish football, awesome movement on and off the ball but ultimately finding it difficult to break down teams that put 8 (or 9 and occasionally 10) men behind the ball and defend for most of the game. We're going to need a Plan B if this season isn't to be a damp squib.

That said, Theo Walcott came on and looked particularly lively on the left so Wenger does intend to play him, even if it is as a substitute:

"I am happy because we were in a tricky situation when he came on, one-nil down. I know there is a lot expected from him. He played with freshness and straight away he became dangerous on the left flank and he was involved in the goal we scored. I must say that overall when he came on his performance was very positive."

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