Boreham Wood against Arsenal: (a very inexperienced) running commentary of the first half!

By Tony Attwood

Please note that because I thought Walter would not be covering the match I tried to write a commentary as it went along, but believe me it is much much harder than it looks to do it.

As with everyone else I lost the feed in the second half and so stopped writing, and went over to cursing instead.  But then found Walter was watching, and so stopped writing.  I’ll leave my commentary up as a monument on how not to write, but to read the read please go to Boreham Wood – Arsenal 0 – 8. The Untold report


Sokratis does a pre-match interview and speaks very good English and  says all the right stuff – he’s playing as we expected.  The talk is that Sokratis is likely to be first choice in the back line in the league this season.

Maitland-Niles is playing in front of the back four.  They’ve done a very interesting pre-match interview with Arsenal TV – he’s as unemotional in giving an interview as he appears on the pitch.  Much made of the way the manager has talked up the potential of Maitland Niles.  His aim he said was to get a couple of goals.

The commentary team however don’t like the fact that Maitland Niles can play in so many positions – they want him to settle into one position.   The manager, they say, see him as a key player for Arsenal.  But he has to “do it” this season.   They are also talking up Peres as a player coming back who could prove himself.

And then the commentary team got wet from a sprinkler which was the best bit thus far.

The teams are out; I haven’t got the whole team but it looks like this in part.  No Leno here today.  This may not be perfect I am far from practised at doing a running commentary.  Walter would you like to take over?????


Cech is the captain.

Arsenal XI:


Bellerin, Sokratis, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu,

Maitland-Niles, Willock, Smith Rowe, Nelson,

Aubameyang, Lacazette

1-0 to Arsenal.  Staggering brilliant Aubameyang goal curling across the goal into the top corner.

2-0 to Arsenal, a brilliant run from Maitland Niles and a perfect cross to Aubameyang.  10 mins gone.

Staggering run from Nelson – wow this guy looks to have come on and on in the last six months.

3-0 to Arsenal.  Penalty from Aubameyang.  Hattrick

Smith Rowe looks an incredible prospect.  No more goals and The Wood have come back into it,

4-0.  Nelson, brilliant.

5-0.  Lacazette with a breakaway pass from Aubeyang.

Half time


Bench available for second half: Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Reine-Adelaide, Nketiah, Jenkinson, Martinez, Perez, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Akpom


And the big news is, Walter is doing a commentary on the game which will appear after the match.  Which is great because I have just lost the feed showing the game.  Check the articles after the match and Walter’s will I am sure turn up.

5 Replies to “Boreham Wood against Arsenal: (a very inexperienced) running commentary of the first half!”

  1. Great game. The future looks great. The lads are hungry and that will bring forth goods.

  2. The first XI looked more energetic than our second XI, today.

    Players that caught my eye

    Aubemayang’s movement and finishing AND his growing partnership with Lacazette
    Maitland Nile’s confidence and positioning
    Smith Rowe – some nice touches
    Guendouzi’s movement and confidence with the ball

  3. Tony, I also lost the feed at half time, got it back on a second I-pad just after Eddie’s goal.

    Solid performance for so early in the season, clearly still some things to work on. Interesting to see Chambers playing as DM for the second half. Also interesting that there was no place for Chuba Akpom, I suspect that he will be one of the leavers over the summer.

  4. With the inform goals scoring display, desires and exploits by Reiss Nelson Eddie Nketiah for Arsenal today against Boreham at Meadow Park, I think Unai Emery should start having belief in these Arsenal duo youngsters to play them again against Atletico Madrid in the international Cup on the 26th of this month to see if they’ll convince him further to keep them at Arsenal this summer and not send them on loan.

  5. Nice to see the Football return but no conclusions can be drawn just yet.

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