Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Arsenal 1 New York Red Bulls 1

'The thing about the Arsenal is they try to walk the ball into the back of the net', says Moz in 'The IT Crowd' when he's trying to get in with some football fans and never was a truer word said in jest. Arsenal murdered the Red Bulls, but their lack of direct play and short passing game which often has commentators purring was their undoing. It really must be frustrating being an Arsenal fan as their lack of striking and sometimes suspect defending was infuriating. Arsenal did finally get a goal when Van Persie connected with a header on 41 minutes, but it could and should have been more.

The second was more of the same with Arsenal running the ball down to the by-line and then trying to walk the ball in and it just wouldn't go in for them. Ex-Gunner and now New York Red Bull's striker Thierry Henry had wanted to play the last 10 minutes for Arsenal, but the referee wouldn't allow it. It might have worked out because Arsenal needed a striker who wasn't scared of shooting, but instead Arsenal's defensive frailties were underlined when Kyle Bartley put the ball in the back of his own net with 4 minutes to go. The game ended 1-1 and New York Red Bulls, who on Sunday's performances were the weakest team in the tournament ended up winning the whole thing.

It looks like it might be a long season for Arsenal if they don't splash the cash in the next few weeks.

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