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Arsenal: Life after Wenger

Arsenal: Life after Wenger
Started on 8 September 2013 by RyanD
Latest Reply on 11 September 2013 by RyanD
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Pre-season review

A rather productive pre-season for The Gunners saw quite a few of comings and goings and 4 impressive wins against Dundee, Inverness and Ross County during a tour of Scotland and a win against English lower league outfit, Tranmere Rovers. The final match came against a strong FC Porto side at The Emirates but a rested and weakened Arsenal side could only pull out a boring 0-0 draw.

The first game of the season sees North London rivals, Tottenham make the small trip across to The Emirates which promises to be an exciting and thrilling encounter which will not let down as Tony Adams looks to get one over Spurs in his first game as Arsenal boss.
Nice signings, hope they do well for you!
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Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Huddlestone, Dembele, Sandro, Lennon, Bale; Adebayor.

Arsenal starting XI: Mandanda; Mallo, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Carzorla, Arteta, Walcott, Arshavin, Podolski; Giroud.
GOAL! Andrey Arshavin fires The Gunners ahead at The Emirates after just two minutes! It was good work from Carzorla and Podolski that found the Russian free in the box and he drilled it low past the helpless dive of Lloris. 1-0.
Tottenham come so close to levelling the derby after Bale's cross found Lennon at the back post who had far too much time and he struck the ball low past Mandanda but his shot bounced off the post and Mertesacker managed to clear.
HALF TIME: Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham

Arshavin's early opener splits the North London derby after 45 minutes.
ARSENAL SUB: Arteta (off), Ramsey (on).

Mikel Arteta forced off with slight problem at half time to be replaced by Welsh midfielder, Aaron Ramsey.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Vertonghen & Adebayor (off), Dawson & Defoe (on).

Both subs made after 53 minutes as Tottenham try to unlock the Arsenal door.
ARSENAL SUB: Arshavin (off), Gervinho (on).

Goalscorer Arshavin replaced by Gervinho on 69 minutes.
GOAL! Tottenham snatch an equaliser with just two minutes to go! Hugo Mallo scythed down Gareth Bale in the box and Jermain Defoe stepped up and rolled the ball calmly into the bottom corner. Heartbreak for Tony Adams and the Arsenal fans. 1-1.
Instead of doing a post for each update can I recommend doing a match report in one post...I think it is the preferred method but it is up to you.
FULL TIME: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham.

Disappointment in the end for Arsenal after Defoe's controversial late leveller from the penalty spot.

Possession: Arsenal 54%-46% Tottenham
Shots: Arsenal 11-8 Tottenham
On Target: Arsenal 5-6 Tottenham
Fouls: Arsenal 10-14 Tottenham.

Man of the match:-

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

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