Hi, Welcome to Game Week One. It’s Saturday 18th August 2018. We are in South Wales, Swansea for our opening match of the season.
The three and a half hour coach journey across the M4 was not too bad, apart from the driver forgetting to bring change for the toll on the Severn Bridge! It’s a good job Steve Bould always brings a few quid incase he needs a cheeky coke from the drinks machines!
The kit man has gone with the new home kit. The new Arsenal kits are supplied by RequestaKit They look the Bees Knees!
We lined up with, two of the three signings starting and the third on the bench. TAA and Jamaal start with away debuts for the club. I also went with Arsene’s last signings Kondogbia in centre midfield and Sabitzer on the right wing.
We open the match by kicking off. The first half was that bad by both teams FM didn’t show any key highlights. Swansea kick off the second half, and after a few minutes Gustavo Scarpa is involved in a heavy challenge. The boy comes out of the challenge with a nasty head injury. Ben Ashworth and Colin Lewin confirm concussion so we bring on left winger Hirving Lozano.
The 55th minute brings the first notable phase of play that FM recognises as a key highlight. Mustafi heads a long ball from Swansea into the Swansea half, Lozano picks the ball up and passes centrally to Aubamayang who turns and hits a shot down the throat of Fabianski.
Fabianski then kicks the ball to the halfway for a repeat of the previous action only this time Aubameyang plays a lovely through ball to Ramsey, who shoots first time. Fabianski is once again up to the task and saves.
The resulting corner sees Mustafi head the ball goalward for no reward.
After sustained pressure from the Gunners we have another corner, the 60th minute flashes on the clocks around the Liberty stadium. Lozano crosses straight to Mawson. Who clears the ball to Jordan Ayew. Swansea counter. But a challenge from Bellerin brings that to a holt. The ball rolls to Mustafi who slides the ball forward to Ramsey. Ramsey sees Aubameyang in space and passes a cute ball forward. Aubameyang composes himself and sees Fabianski coming off his line. Auba, chips a shot over Fabianski and into an open goal. GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!
We finally get that opening goal of the match.
The game goes on. The 80th minute sees Swansea adventure into the Arsenal half, but for Ramsey to intercept a rogue pass. His pass seeks out Xhaka, who spreads the ball to the left for Kolasinac. Kola passes forward to Lozano. who then plays the ball back into the middle for our deep playmaker (Libero) Arnold. Who plays to the advanced Xhaka. Xhaka plays it to the edge of the box to Ramsey, who coolly slips the ball forward into the path of Lacazette. Lacazette passes his shot into the goal past a scarecrow-like Fabianski.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! 2-0 to the Arsenal!
The dying embers of the match sees Arnold pass a lovely through ball to Auba. Who choses to pass to Lacazette rather than shoot. Lacazette shoots at his near psot for Fabianski to pull off a lovely save. The game pitters out. And we emerge as victors.
The coach trip back to London will be bouncing! Our next match is a home league game against Manchester City.