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Victory In The First Friendly Of The Season

Victory In The First Friendly Of The Season

The first friendly match of the new season finished at around 245 am BST this morning and saw Mancini`s men see off a Club America side with a two nil victory.

Both goals were scored in the first half. The first saw Ryan McGivern capitalise on a defensive error to sweep the ball into the net after good work from Wright-Phillips and Dzeko. The second saw Wright-Phillips score from the edge of the box seemingly out of nothing.

The game itself was truly one of two halves. Mancini started with Hart, Vaseli, Savic, Lescott and Clichy in defence with three holding midfielders in Barry, De Jong and McGivern and three attackers in Weiss, Dzeko and Wright-Phillips.

In the first half the defence was impenetrable and the attacking play fast and accurate. Weiss looked quick and much bigger and stronger than he was when he left for Rangers last year. Savic looked good and strong in the tackle and his positional sense was impeccable. Clichy was quick going forward and again had great positional sense. Dzeko looked a shade quicker than last year and held the ball well. His touch was certainly better than last season. Mcgivern looked comfortable in midfield and Wright-Phillips looked decidedly better than Johnson. De Jong and Barry looked fit and up to pace already and Lescott and Hart both came through the first half with no negatives. Even Vaseli didn`t look too bad at right back.

The second half saw wholesale changes and a lot more attacking from Club America as Kompany looked somewhat rusty and Richards although attacking with freedom looked a little on the hippy side! Johnson seemed uninterested and as poor as he did last season. Toure ran the midfield and Guidetti lumbered up front. In truth there wasn`t much positive to note in the second half other than Weiss`s running and Toure`s power. Mancini (junior) was poor and Kolarov didn`t look anywhere near as good or as quick as Clichy.

In all I think we can call the game a success. Two goals scored, none conceded and no-one picking any injuries. The new signings look good and Weiss looks big, strong and quick. Richards looks like he needs to lose a few pounds and Johnson looks like he needs a new club but other than that not bad for the first game of the season.

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Date:Sunday July 17 2011
Time: 2:06PM


Looks like Johnno has got to get it together. I've no doubt Weiss can give him a run for his money. As for Mancini jnr - he always looks unfit and overweight to me. Share the view though 2-0 nothing let in. Are we watching Vancouver in the middle of the night?
17/07/2011 14:18:00
Not sure as majorly snowed under at work. May set the alarm and have an early night!!!
17/07/2011 14:24:00
Weiss outshone Johnson majorly. Johnson looked like he couldn't be arsed, I thought Mancini had driven the attitude problem out of him last season but not so sure now. Dzeko was brilliant, he looked both bigger/stronger and faster at the same time than last season. The Mexicans were bouncing off him, he was near unplayable. Clichy also looked great, now that he's at a team with proper defensive training and tactics, he can hopefully return to his early Arsenal form. Savic is a cool customer, very calm and classy on the ball - Lescott is in for a fight to keep his spot.
17/07/2011 14:43:00
Nothing like a spell in the SPL to toughen a player up. No nancies north of the border, that's for sure!
17/07/2011 14:49:00
I'm glad Weiss is proving his worth. He could be a difference maker for the club.
18/07/2011 01:44:00
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