Barnet Analysis: Thomas Vermaelen may not be tall enough but Barazite will definitely be a top Gunner
Written by Hasmat on July 19, 2009 13:30
This game was a good test for the Arsenal team, especially to the first team players as Barnet played with a high tempo.
First let’s start with the negative of the game. Remember not being too harsh on any of the players as this is the first pre season game.
Well Arsenal’s new signing Vermaelen did not look to add any height in the team, he did seem to be quite short and so it proved when Barnet scored their first goal. None of the defenders (Gallas, Silvestre and Vermaelen) attacked the ball, leaving the opposition to score.
This has been Arsenal’s problem throughout the past two seasons; our failure to defend set pieces. I still think judging by today that Wenger may add another defender into the squad that will add more height. I know that Arsenal have been in talks with Bassong and Naldo but nothing is concrete. If Arsenal keep defending like this, it will be déjà vu for all Gooners fans once again. We have so much possession and create so many chances but leave the field at half time at 1-1!
I don’t blame anyone for the second goal as it was a very young defence but this statement kicks off the positive from this game. Vermaelen, in the second half, leaded by example by reading the game well and stepping in to clear at crucial period in the game. Therefore he is not a bad signing at all; he will need more time to adapt to the vigorous premier league game.
Tomas Rosicky made a really positive comeback after 18 months out. He looked a bit out of pace but that is expected; his overall game I was delighted to see. The most exciting prospect of his comeback was seeing how he combined with Arshavin. I am sure that both playmakers will be instrumental for Arsenal this season.
The other big positive from this game is that Arsenal have a secure future with some football talent who I am sure have the potential to be world class. Most notably, the 19 years old striker Nacer Barazite, who scored the second goal with a magnificent curling effort into the corner of the net. He ran across the pitch demanding the ball and made positive moves; always looking to attack. When he scored that goal, he almost reminded me of a younger version of Inter Milan’s Ibrahimovic. The potential for him to be as big as the Swedish striker is there but Arsenal will need to develop the player carefully and keep hold of him. His attitude as a striker seems to be good as when he lost the ball, he quickly ran back to get it back.
Other players that caught my attention was Frimpong who did his job as a holding midfielder very well in the first half. Jack Wilshere, I described in my match report as ‘pivotal’. He is going to be a massive Arsenal player in the near future.
Despite the negative in the match, the squad travelled today was very young and I am very much looking forward to our trip to Europe where more first team players will be involved but overall Arsenal’s future remains very bright indeed.