Attackers impress in Arsenal win
Eduardo Da Silva and Bacary Sagna had yet to don an Arsenal shirt, but this evening gave both the chance to experience competitive action with the Gunners.
The opposition only managed sixth place in the Turkish League last season, and it’s true to say that there will be sterner test ahead for the pair in the Premiership season. But both came through the test unscathed, and will hope to build on their performances.
In humid, difficult conditions, Arsenal began to show their ease on both ball and eye in the 3-0 victory. Adebayor, Walcott and Van Persie all impressed in the game, with the former showing a maturity that would encourage Arsenal fans in the absence of Henry.
The first goal came from young Walcott moments before half-time, using his speed well on the wing, before drifting a ball to the far post where Van Persie was waiting to execute a low finish.
Half-time rang in the changes for Arsenal, with Sagna coming off for Eboue after a solid first half. In all, Wenger made twelve changes throughout the game, evidence that this fixture was intended to stretch the legs, rather than the strategic intelligence of the players.
After the break, the Gunners soon settled in to a rhythm, with Denilson and Adebayor combining well after six minutes of the half had passed, to set up Walcott for the second, who was clearly enjoying his opportunity to shine in the absence of his mentor.
Adebayor also played well, holding up the ball nicely whilst Van Persie got in the ideal position to send the ball into the back of the net for Arsenal’s third just after the hour.
Eduardo came on for a fully-fit Van Persie for the last twenty minutes, but by that time the game was over and Arsenal could relax safe in the knowledge that there is life after Henry after all.
Match report thanks to Goal.com
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