Last night saw Arsenal travel to Stuttgart to take on Jens Lehmann’s new team.
It was the first opportunity this season for Arsenal fans to see most of the first team players in action, as well as another chance to see the younger talent. With the exceptions of Toure and Fabregas, I think it is fair to say that almost all of Wenger’s first 11 for this season was on display during the match.
Here’s the line-up :
- Manuel Almunia (Lukasz Fabianski 45)
- Gael Clichy
- Johan Djourou
- William Gallas
- Bacary Sagna (Gavin Hoyte 78)
- Samir Nasri (Jack Wilshere 61)
- Denilson (Henri Lansbury 85)
- Emmanuel Eboue (Aaron Ramsey 61)
- Theo Walcott (Mark Randall 78)
- Robin Van Persie (Carlos Vela 45 > Jay Simpson 85)
- Emmanuel Adebayor (Nicklas Bendtner 45)
I traveled to Stuttgart for the game last night and the hosts certainly put on a great welcome for the Gunners. As you can see from the team sheet, Arsenal started with a pretty strong team but worryingly, like so many frustrating matches last season, took a while to get going. The first half showed some promise but was ultimately a scrappy affair, most notably RvP had a good chance to beat Lehmann one on one but looped the ball gently to Mad Jens.
Adebayor, making his first appearance this season, really failed to show any menace in front of goal, displayed some poor touches on the ball and mostly just got himself caught offside. He’ll probably just be happy he didn’t get booed.
For a team that won the Bundesliga the year before last, Stuttgart did not show much in the way of opposition, however in the second half Arsenal were forced to respond when Bastürk scored for Stuttgart in the 51st minute. Happily the Gunners did respond well, putting on a much more promising display and got 3 goals, from Vela (58), Bendtner (65), and Wilshere (73).
Certainly a very positive note to take away from the second half was the excellent performances from players who are looking to establish themselves in the first team this season.
Bendtner had a good half, creating opportunities for teammates, and Vela looked sharp. Walcott and Nasri only shared the pitch for around 15 minutes but there were a few glimpses of great combination play between them.
Here’s some footage from the game :
Sorry it’s not anything exciting like a goal, but well, I was watching the game! If you’re looking for videos of the goals you can usually find them at arsenalist
In other happy news, the Telegraph are reporting  today that Arsenal picked up £7.5million from the David Bentley’s switch from Blackburn to Tottenham. I’m sure the fans will be sure to thank him for that when Spurs come to the grove