Ok, we should have had a penalty in the first few minutes but Atkinson waved our pleads away.
A super goal by Robin van Persie after a great bit of play from the new man Gervinho put us 1-0 up and a wonderful strike by Ramsey made it 2-0 in the second half, again, some great play preceded the goal but this time it was by Carlos Vela.
So, 2-0 up and cruising really…
In the first half we were caught out yet again a few times with a ball over the top but Boca were poor and missed their chance.
Second half highlighted once again that we have serious issues in defence, we were beaten in the air on corners and both Squillaci and Djourou committed howlers to gift Boca a goal on each occasion.
Our defence is poor and if we head into the new season without adding a centre half and a left back, we will get slaughtered….
Sorry that sounds so negative but that’s how I see it! Ok, I know TV wasn’t playing but will he stop the ball over the top, will he stop others from making gaffes?
At least Jenkinson looks like we won’t have to worry quite so much if Sagna gets injured or rested.
Wenger gave his view after the game:
When asked about letting in two second-half goals…
You never want to concede goals, but overall I do not give too much importance to that. What is important for us it to find a collective rhythm. When we could we managed to play at a good pace for 60 minutes, after it was much more difficult. It was expected, we came back from a training camp in Germany with heavy work and I knew that the second half would be much more difficult.
Boca Juniors are a good team and we got caught counter-attacking when were 2-0 up and we tried to build up the game, but when you are tired you miss some passes and were a bit more under threat.
And about the lessons he has learned:
That we can score goals and Gervinho is a good addition to our squad. He is very interesting because he gives us options on both sides and through the middle. He can integrate well with our team. Also we have some improvements to make in some areas, especially the way we win the ball back. On set pieces we were not convincing today, but overall it was quite positive.
Arsene Wenger is right, Gervinho is a very good addition to our squad and on set pieces we were far from convincing but yesterday we were also very poor at defending in open play, something which many have suggested hasn’t been a real weakness.
Just sort out the set piece weakness and all will be ok, well today showed that that isn’t the case.
We were not caught on the counter attack for their goals, we were sloppy and sub-standard!!
Doesn’t give too much importance to conceding goals?
Well that comment stuns me, maybe it’s about time Wenger did give a bit of importance to conceding goals because if we stopped conceding, we’d start winning!!
He says we need to make improvements, well I for one hope he means signing players that will stop our defence conceding stupid goals rather than burying his head in the sand and thinking we will improve at the back.
How long have we been vulnerable??
It’s great to be linked to the likes of Juan Mata but right now I’d just rather we signed Gary Cahill…..
Today we should see our favourite Thierry Henry play at The Emirates, I hope he doesn’t do to us what he once did for us against others, but then again, if he does……..
That’s it guys, not very positive I know but I’m sure you will all tell what positives there were….