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Jul

Report & Highlights: SK Sturm Graz 0-3 Arsenal


Written by Chris Wheatley

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A double from Samir Nasri and a goal from Henri Lansbury gave Arsenal acomfortable 3-0 win over Austrian side Sturm Graz at the UPC Arena.

French midfield maestro Nasri struck twice in the first half to put Arsenal in control before highly-rated youngster Henri Lansbury added a deserved gloss to the scoreline with a well-taken goal after the break.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger gave Marouane Chamakh his first start in Arsenal colours, the Moroccan having been introduced from the bench in the Gunners’ opening pre-season friendly against Barnet at the weekend.

Arsenal’s Starting XI & Subs

Fabianski
Nordtveit – Djourou – Vermaelen (c) – Traore
Wilshere – Frimpong – Nasri
Walcott – Chamakh – Arshavin

Subs: Szczesny (GK), Koscielny, Gibbs, Eastmond, Lansbury, Rosicky, Emmanuel-Thomas.

Fellow new signing Laurent Koscielny settled for a half-time introduction off the bench after having taken his bow in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Underhill, while the Gunners’ World Cup stars were given another night off, despite having joined up with the squad in Austria.

But it was Nasri who grabbed the attention of a decent-sized crowd at the ground formerly known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium with two first-half goals of some quality.

The Frenchman opened the scoring after 16 minutes, collecting a loose ball on the edge of the Sturm penalty area before taking a touch and firing low past goalkeeper Silvije Cavlina into the far corner.

He doubled the lead from a set-piece just before the break, getting the ball up and over the defensive wall to find the top corner with Cavlina nowhere near it.

At the other end, Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou enjoyed a relatively quiet half, although Imre Szabics did pose a latent danger, as Djourou nearly found out to his cost on 34 minutes. The former Hungary international played in Marvin Weinberger with a cute pass but Lukasz Fabianski was equal to his low drive.

Fabianski was replaced by fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny as Wenger again rang the changes at the break. Having made 11 half-time substitutions at Barnet, he opted to make just seven this time, with Lansbury among the players entering the fray.

It took the 19-year-old just 12 minutes to make his mark on the game, after Jack Wilshere and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had combined to fashion a shooting chance. The midfielder showed remarkable poise as he waited for the keeper to make his move first and then finished coolly into the back of the net.

Three-nil up and the result was never in any doubt, although Sturm has passed up an opportunity to get back into the game just before Lansbury struck. Half-time substitute Mario Haas should have bulged the back of the net when a cross found him unmarked around the penalty spot but his effort was weak and easily dealt with by Szczesny.

Arsenal fashioned a number of other chances as they dominated the second half, notably for Lansbury, who tested the keeper from outside the box on 59 minutes, Tomas Rosicky from a similar position on 72 and then Koscielny with a header from a corner eight minutes later.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, another half-time replacement, put in an impressive 45 minutes and laid on two further chances as time ran out, but neither Armand Traore nor Theo Walcott could capitalise.

Next Up: Arsene Wenger’s men continue their preparations for the new campaign with a match against SC Neusiedl 1919 on Tuesday.

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Mario
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Mario
5 years 9 months ago

Gooner Chris post A.Wenger`s comments when yuo have them cheers

chengiskhan
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chengiskhan
5 years 9 months ago

JET looked like a man amongst boys. Djourou looks very rusty and needs to sharpen up big time before the start of the season.

jj
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jj
5 years 9 months ago

Maybe wilshre is not ready yet, we lacked control and that terrible tempo we played at last year is still there.I know it pre season but players are fighting for places, no fire at all.Come on arsene get them at it.

Joakim Löf
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Joakim Löf
5 years 9 months ago

You should have noted an excellent contribution by Nordtveit, he was more effective than either Gibbs or Traoré, confident, defensively skilled and passes the ball really well. Brought in our forwards on several occasions creating dangerous chances. Wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in the first team this season.

Andreu
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Andreu
5 years 9 months ago

lansbury and JET were very good in the second half!!! lansbury pley well with his goal and almost all the attacks started with him. JEt was fantastic I can only say that.

Tony
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Tony
5 years 9 months ago

not being negative but vermalaen and djourou looked poor together 1st half

GOONER
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GOONER
5 years 9 months ago

GOONER CHRIS, any news on almunia??? Is he leaving or is he just injured?
Djourou didn’t look good at ALL!

Paul N
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Paul N
5 years 9 months ago

What do we expect from Djourou? the guy is just gettin back, no?

chris
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chris
5 years 9 months ago

traore and djourou were liabilities defensively but traore always is. was v impressed with nasri and jay thomas in the 2nd half, walcott was good but was more all action than much end product.

My Name Is Earl
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My Name Is Earl
5 years 9 months ago
Walter Raleigh
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Walter Raleigh
5 years 9 months ago
Get off Djourou’s back, this is the 2nd game of pre-season. The lad is a great defender and will become good, he’s been out for a full year! Someone said he looked rusty…you think?! Let him get back into the flow of things. I’m not a big fan of JET at all, I struggle to think where he will play in a team that, at least formerly, plays at a high tempo. But fairplay to him, he played very well today, and as one person said he did look like a man against boys. I think he could be very… Read more »
josh
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josh
5 years 9 months ago

lol @ everyone freakin out over djorou. the guy missed a LOT of time with a terrible knee injury. he came on for 30 minutes in the last game of the season, and youre expecting him to be match fit?

big boy
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big boy
5 years 9 months ago

where are the highlights?

john
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john
5 years 9 months ago

PPl are way too fickle its too early to judge players.

I dont think ppl realised but in pre season players are usually nakered playing in friendly games because of the hard core training sessions.

mitul
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mitul
5 years 9 months ago
I think djorou is playing better considering he has come from a serious injury which does not help a young player like him. However i do not believe that it will be his fitness no doubt. I believe he has to focus more on his awareness and positioning. I think top defenders sometimes do not have to rely alot on their fitness, If they read the game well they can prevent crucial goals going in. Koscienly on the other hand is a player who will improve in time but we need a top centre half who has a knowledge of… Read more »
Scott
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Scott
5 years 9 months ago

I may have missed something but where is Denilson? Injured?

dan
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dan
5 years 9 months ago

the reason to freak about djorou is that the new guy looks no where near ready for the physical PL and that leaves us with djorou who looked awful today.

dan
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dan
5 years 9 months ago

sadly denilson is injured and hasn’t been sold!!!

big boy
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big boy
5 years 9 months ago

you sure they are up? it doesnt seem to be working

realisitically...
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realisitically...
5 years 9 months ago

“…judge the team in May” Heard this one before…

true gooner
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true gooner
5 years 9 months ago

we need a solid defender, a quality gk n anotha cdm btw denilson iz a great plya largly underated n doesnt deserve dat! he haz scored crucial n fantastic goals n he shud b praised 4 it nt hindered!!

WillyG
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WillyG
5 years 9 months ago

Did Wenger avoid the questions after the game?

john
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john
5 years 9 months ago

Willg wenger never avoids a question lol have you not see his post,pre match conferences, interviews?

American Gooner
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American Gooner
5 years 9 months ago
overall arsenal did not play particularly well. nasri was absolutely top shelf quality today – two goals were excellent and he played arshavin and walcott in on numerous occasions (anyone else notice the many poor offside calls?). frimpong was again outstanding. he does all the simple things well – tackles, breaks up play, never loses the ball (even makes penetrating passes – not sideways balls all the time like denilson), is tenacious, etc. he only got beat once and he constantly helped out in all areas. he was far superior to eastmond, who just does not have any defensive ability.… Read more »
arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever
5 years 9 months ago

walcott needs to be sold on loan and wenger must wake up!! I can see more empty seats for next season if we dont get a great GK and another CB + DM!!!!! Fans have enough from you french kunt!!!!

WillyG
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WillyG
5 years 9 months ago

@arsenal4ever: I can only see us sign a back up CB – It could be Sol Campbell still….As for A new GK? I always taught that A.Wenger will not sign anyone there.Hopefully i`m wrong..Wenger already ruled out a move for an offensive player.

WillyG
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WillyG
5 years 9 months ago

With this current squad I cant see us winning the league.At the very least we need a proper Gk and a partner for Vermaelen.I Think Djourou makes to many mistakes as for Koscielny,he needs time.

ilya
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ilya
5 years 9 months ago

arsenal4ever = cunt, what was the point of that statement besides repeating what everyone already knows? Ur opinions are always garbage, at least try to keep them original….

alf15
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alf15
5 years 9 months ago

As per usual we aint getting a new keeper! This pretty much confirms it http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-keepers-have-to-accept-competition

It really annoys me that wenger wont buy a proven world classkeeper! If I made so many fuck ups as Almunia has in my job, I would of been fired and replaced along time ago. Yet wenger seems to be blind to it all and sticks teh two clowns Almunia and Flapanski!! Wish he was my boss!

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY
5 years 9 months ago

@ iyla
your twat who thinks he is the only REAL arsenal fan, when obviously you aint so STOP PUTTING OTHER FANS OPINIONS DOWN JUST COZ U DONT AGREE WITH THEM…… u w4nker

pete
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pete
5 years 9 months ago

arsenal4ever….

Have you ever been to an actual match…? Didnt think so…
What age are you…? 12..? I thought so…

My Name Is Earl
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My Name Is Earl
5 years 9 months ago
My Name Is Earl
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My Name Is Earl
5 years 9 months ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A72064307

some of these r quality lol

ilya
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ilya
5 years 9 months ago
sorry for being so rude, i confused arsenal4ever with the left hand deuchbag, didn’t mean to put u down like that, it was meant for the dude that usually spouts all that purposeless negative garbage- the left hand that’s never touched a woman…..or the left hand that doesn’t leave his computer….something like that i think. I like this blog cause chris makes decent points and most comments are productive and not overly dooming. But then I see some people just whining like spoiled kids about how arsene is a “kunt” for not buying 5 new players every transfer season and… Read more »
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