Arsenal fielded a young team for the clash with Juventus with the average age of the squad being just 20. Carlos Vela started upfront with Nicklas Bendtner as they looked to continue their good pre season form against Juventus.
The first chance came Arsenal’s way when youngster Jack Wilshere found Aaron Ramsey on the edge he skipped past the defender and shot low, but the ball was beaten away by Buffon. In the 35th minute Juventus would have a goal disallowed, and rightly so as Nedved played the ball David Trezeguet was offside. Just 3 minutes later and David Trezeguet looked offside again as he put the ball into the net, replays showed he was clearly offside but the goal stood and it was 0-1 to the visitors.
Carlos Vela was showing some neat touches and gave examples of pace in this match and was one of Arsenal’s most brightest players in the first half, as the half dragged on Juventus was keeping the ball and looked happy with their 0-1 lead. It was half time and Arsenal went into the interval 1-0 down due to a dubious goal which looked offside.
At halftime, Carlos was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor, Ramsey went off for Abou Diaby and Senderos made way for Gallas. Arsenal started the second half looking eager for the equalizer and nearly got it with their first chance Wilshere whipped the ball in from the left and Bendtner heading just over. Samir Nasri came on to make his Emirates bow for the impressive Jack Wilshere and Nasri when on the ball showed some nice touches and crisp passing.
With 80 minutes on the clock Arsenal had to be quick if they wanted the equalizer, Bendtner and Adebayor combined well playing a one two but the latter fired it over from the edge of the box. Arsenal was showing great possesion football but wasn’t creating alot of chances. Arsenal would have one more chance Adebayor picked the ball up 25 yards out and tried to curl it in the far post, it was just wide and that was Arsenal’s final chance, a dissapointing result for the Gunners but plenty of positives to take out of the game including the performances of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
Article by – A.Zimmermann