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Going Going Going ….Gone…!!+ Arsenal vs Barnet FC and Arsenal vs Barnet FC

He’s finally gone. Yes Adebayor has left Arsenal for Manchester City.The deal was finished yesterday and the player passed a medical at Manchester ending speculation regarding the Togolese’s future. I’m sure there was a loud cheer in London yesterday after the deal was made official. With Wenger and his boys away for the pre-season fixture,it did make a swift and silent exit from Emirates for the frontman.

Adebayor now joins other hungry for money and greedy strikers like Santa Cruz and Tevez at the suddenly rich club, Manchester City. I am a bit sad to see him leave but having £25m in the bank does make me feel a lot better.  Its another Anelka like sale which benefits the club a great deal. Now Wenger does have a lot of money to spend which I really really pray he does. I say use all the money if needed. Don’t get cheeky and buy some one cheap just for the sake of it. Get in a quality replacement. But Wenger did squash my dreams yesterday when he said

 We’re not on the verge of signing anybody but I’m able to spend the money if we find the right players,” he said,

 “We have Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo back so we’ve lost a big striker but have gained two offensive players who were absent last season.

 “We also have Nicklas Bendtner, Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott who can play striker. We have top players we can use as strikers.

  This is a big big indication that we might not see a replacement for Ade. Instead Wenger might use the money to buy a DM which is fine with me, but we do need a replacement for Ade and a good one. Considering RVP’s and Eduardo’s injury record it might be a good thing to have proper quality back up instead of relying completely on Nicklas Bendtner.

Coming back to Adebayor for one last time…. Wenger did have some kind words to say for the striker.

we’ll miss Emmanuel – he’s a great player. I’m sure he’ll give something special to Man City.  

So that’s it for Emanuel Adebayor at Arsenal. Good bye Ade!!!!!!!

 Moving on to other stuff.

 Arsenal (a)  1- 1 Barnet FC … Arsenal (b)  1-1 Barnet FC

Three teams played one fixture at Underhill yesterday. Two teams of Arsenal vs Branet FC.I named it Arsenal (a) and Arsenal (b) vs Barnet FC because after half time Arsenal had completely different set of players on the field. In the first half Wenger went with 4-4-1-1 formation with Arshavin playing just behind the young striker Sanchez Watt and Tomas Rosicky (captain for the 1st half) and Jack Wilshere occupying the wings. 

Understandably all the attention was on Tomas Rosicky who was playing his first game in an Arsenal shirt (btw the new blue kit ) after almost a year and half. The 1st half also marked the debut of Thomas Vermaelen and the comeback of William Gallas from a lengthy lay-off.The back 4 consisted of old Silvestre,Thomas Vermaelen,Gallas and Djourou. Unlike Eduardo’s return earlier this year, Tomas didn’t score but came close to scoring which would have given him some confidence.

One player who seem to have carried his form from last season was Andrei Arshavin. The Russian scored from a Sanchez Watt cross just 4 minutes before the break.With Arshavin also eligible to play in the champions league, it does make a mouthwatering prospect. Anyways Arsenal then displayed something which we have seen a lot in the past two seasons, squandering their lead soon after scoring. A free kick was headed past Manuel Almunia by center back Yakubu.Just makes me wonder if we have still sorted out our defence or not. The 1st half ended all square at 1-1 .  

There were a few changes expected after the first half but I am sure no one would have expected an entire new set of players on the field. Except Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger substituted each of his remaining players, including Manuel Almunia for the young Italian Vito Mannone.The second half captain was former Ajax captain and new Arsenal recruit Thomas Vermaelen. It took the new Arsenal team just 4 minutes to take the lead through Barazite. The Dutchman scoring from 20 yards, was another example of what Wenger has for the future. After the goal Arsenal looked quite content to retain  possession and end the game but Barnet did have something left to offer.Once again Arsenal were pegged back. Charles scoring with only 8 minutes remaining surely looked to have fizzed out all the energy from the Arsenal players.

 In the end it was a 2-2 draw but the result is not one which would matter. Nonetheless something for Arsenal to think about their defence. With William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen pairing up at the back, Wenger surely gave us a glimpse of what to expect this season. He has been showing a lot of faith in his fellow Frenchman which could only mean some more time on the sidelines for Kolo Toure. It is some thing I don’t mind considering William did give some very good performances last season after he was stripped of the captaincy. Its between Thomas Vermaelen and Kolo Toure for the other spot. Also with Tomas Rosicky back, Samir Nasri’s appearances on the left will surely be limited and Wenger might just use him as a playmaker along with Fabregas. Also with Adebayor leaving and Wenger not in a hurry to replace the striker, I expect Arsenal to go with a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 formation. The team is now off to Austria for a pre-season training camp with Fab, Theo and RVP back  after their summer holidays. The Emirates Cup will be a more interesting tournament because it will give us an indication of Wenger’s tactics in the new season.  Good to have you back Tomas Rosicky!

That’s it for now.!

Cheers

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