By Bulldog Drummond
Trying to get background and history on this fixture is tough. For example, visit google and you find “Boreham Wd 0 – 2 Arsenal – Match Report & Highlights – Sky Sports” which takes to a page headlined Results Friday 13th July 2001 which contains nothing of the kind. Are they trying to mess with me?
Actually that was the result in 2014.
There is a video of the 2017 game
Getty have some images of Boreham Wood v Arsenal, which of course I can’t print here because of copyright reasons, but you might want to have a look at their site.
So who are we going to see play for Arsenal? 22 players I suspect with a total turn around at half time, and maybe even more if some are subbed as well, although that assumes that the new boss will follow the approach of Mr Wenger as we got used to seeing at Boreham Wood, and before that at Barnet (oh that does seem such a long time ago that we would toddle along there for the first game of the new season).
I would be surprised if Ospina is in the squad but otherwise we should see some of the players listed in the last piece. And maybe we will see some loanees back. Here are the men who were out and about – their loans ending on 31 May this year.
|Player||Where he was|
|Reine-Adelaide, Jeff||Angers SCO|
|Akpom, Chuba||Sint Truiden|
|Campbell, Joel||Real Betis|
|Jenkinson, Carl||Birmingham City|
|Bola, Marc||Bristol Rovers|
And indeed this can be a moment to look back at the players we lost during the past year…
|Date||Player||Went to||How much||What we know|
|31 Jan 2018||Debuchy, Mathieu||Saint-Étienne||Free|
|31 Jan 2018||Giroud, Olivier||Chelsea||£18m||Reported fee|
|30 Jan 2018||McGuane, Marcus||Barcelona||Undisclosed|
|22 Jan 2018||Alexis Sánchez||Man Utd||Player exchange with Henrikh Mkhitaryan|
|17 Jan 2018||Walcott, Theo||Everton||£20m||Reported fee|
|11 Jan 2018||Coquelin, Francis||Valencia||£12m||Reported fee|
|31 Aug 2017||Oxlade-C, Alex||Liverpool||£35m||Reported fee|
|30 Aug 2017||Gibbs, Kieran||West Brom||£7m||Reported fee|
|24 Aug 2017||Toral, Jon||Hull City||£3m||To £4million maximum|
|22 Aug 2017||Mourgos, Savvas||Norwich City||Undisclosed|
|22 Aug 2017||Bennacer, Ismaël||Empoli||Undisclosed|
|18 Aug 2017||Gabriel Paulista||Valencia||Undisclosed|
|19 Jul 2017||Szczęsny, Wojciech||Juventus||£10m||Reported fee|
|17 Jul 2017||Crowley, Dan||Willem II||Undisclosed|
|13 Jul 2017||Kamara, Glen||Dundee||Free|
|08 Jul 2017||Hinds, Kaylen||VfL Wolfsburg||£2m||Reported fee|
|07 Jul 2017||Sanogo, Yaya||Toulouse||Free|
|06 Jul 2017||O’Connor, Stefan||Newcastle U||Free|
|01 Jul 2017||Willock, Chris||Benfica||Undisclosed|
As for the squad tomorrow, the Boreham Wood site says
The Gunners have now confirmed that the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mikhtaryan and Aaron Ramsey, amongst others, are all expected to play, in what will be Emery’s first game in charge.
Which is all to the good. More info and a look back to earlier summers will follow anon.
- As the season starts: Update on Arsenal Youngsters, Women and the PGMO referees
- Boreham Wood v Arsenal. Football’s coming home. At last.
- Boreham Wood v Arsenal this weekend. Who will be available for Arsenal as football returns?