By Walter Broeckx
A bit late this match report but better late than never is what we say in our country. The big surprise (not for those who listened to Wenger in the last days) was the first start given in a home match to Iwobi. He started on the left flank in attack. Martinez was in goal and Cech on the bench with Szczesny taken selfies in Rome.
The team that started was Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi, Giroud.
Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin, Hayden, Arteta, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Walcott, Akpom. Ref on the day was John Moss whom we have seen rather a lot lately each time with some good results for Arsenal at the end of the match.
Arsenal starting with attacking intentions from the start but nothing really worth mentioning when it comes to goal chances. Lyon and Arsenal both pressing high when they lost the ball. Gibbs with some early nerves it seems. A player who feels he has a big battle to win his place and therefore a bit overdoing it and trying to impress too much. Iwobi at the edge of the penalty area, could have taken a shot but went for a pass to Ramsey who stepped on the ball and the shooting chance was gone.
Iwobi showing some nice touches and dribbles but also losing the ball on a few occasions but that is learning when to do it and when not as can be expected with such a young kid. Lyon trying to go forward when they can. Martinez with a good stop when Lyon get a good shooting chance. At the other end Giroud with a missed shot that ends up behind Özil who tried a back heel that went over. Nice improvisation. Rose from Lyon getting a yellow card for a rash challenge on Coquelin. Still 0-0 after some 16 minutes of play.
Lyon player Grenier hurting his hip without an Arsenal player near him forced him off the pitch after 25 minutes. The Mexican wave rolling through the Emirates. Özil trying a shot with his right foot but he couldn’t get passed Giroud. Arsenal more and more dominant nearing the half hour mark. A foul on Debuchy resulting in an Arsenal free kick taken by Özil from the left and GOAL!!!!! for Arsenal. Giroud shouldering the ball in the goal a la Mertesacker after 29 minutes. 1-0 to The Arsenal.
Minutes later a counter started just in front of the Arsenal penalty area, the ball going to Giroud who waited on the overlap from Oxlade-Chamberlain who burried the ball at the far post with a low hard shot. GOAL!!!! 2-0 to the Arsenal after 33 minutes.
Arsenal win the ball back again hardly a minute later some nice one touch passing coming from the right hand side ending up on the left flank and Alex Iwobi finishes it off with a hard shot under the cross bar. GOAL!!!! 3-0 to the Arsenal after 35 minutes. What a way to make your home debut.
And as if that wasn’t enough hardly a few minutes later Özil puts the ball delicately in front of Ramsey who pokes it in at the near post! GOAL!!!! 4-0 to The Arsenal after 38 minutes. Unbelievable stuff from Arsenal in the last 15 minutes. Just before half time Martinez with a good save after a Lyon attack. But that was a rare effort from the French team while Arsenal completely dominated the match. Coquelin picking up a yellow for pulling a player back. What a first 45 minutes from Arsenal resulting in a 4-0 lead at half time. And in between even a disallowed goal from Iwobi for offside….
No changes at half time in the Arsenal team. Oxlade-Chamberlain with a goal bound shot but a defender diverted it in corner. Arsenal not really giving it 200% as in the first half and that was very understandable, this is only the Emirates cup and no need to risk too much for this trophy but still a few promising attacks but no end result for now. Giroud with a half volley just wide and some more situations that could have lead to another goal. But it was only a matter of time because Özil set up an attack and with the assist from Ramsey and Giroud it ended up at his feet again and with a low shot he scored a 5 GOAL!!! to Arsenal. Time to make some subs. Ramsey, Özil and Iwobi came off and Santi, Akpom and Arteta came on.
Akpom with a good run on the left but his shot was smothered and the keeper could pick it up. The Mexican wave again rolling through the stadium. Theo and newcomer Reine-Adelaide came on for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud with some 20 minutes to go.
The match was of course already completely over by now and so Arsenal took their foot of the pedal and was more or less satisfied with playing the ball around a bit. Lyon trying to score at least a consolation goal but the Arsenal defence wasn’t in to giving any presents.
A foul on Akpol just outside the penalty area and Cazorla stepped up behind the ball and GOAL!!! to The Arsenal. Santi counted on the wall to jump and he steared it low under the jumping wall in to the net. 6-0 to The Arsenal after 85 minutes… Unbelievable….
Akpom almost made it 7 but the goal post stood in the way. Replace that one please people who work on the pitch. Theo also with a chance but good goal keeping denied him this time.
What a great match from Arsenal to start this tournament with. Özil the assist master and scoring himself was leading the line in a very impressive way. But after such a team effort it is difficult to pick one player out as they all performed exceptional.
Looking forward to the second day of the Emirates cup on Sunday.