It was just a friendly and the Portuguese opponent did not (want to) provide much resistance, but we will not let this take away anything from Sanogo’s fine performance.
We already knew that the young Frenchman can battle physically with defenders and has a natural gift for getting himself in the right position, but now we also know that he can finish off chances. From Sa-No-Goals to Sano-Goals, Goals, Goals, Goals! Let’s hope these four goals will give him the confidence to go on and become a regular scorer for us. Three of his goals were tap-ins, but he was at the right place at the right time and stayed calm to slot home. Simple, efficient, deadly!
But the pick of the bunch was a forceful run with the ball towards goal, finished off by a finely timed toe-poke past the goalkeeper. Sanogo made it all look easy and the more his confidence grows the more he will become a menacing force in our team. Of course it is early days, and we need to see him do this sort of thing more often, but we have a real talent in our squad who could start pushing Giroud all the way soon.
Other players also impressed. Bellerin motored with composure and energy down the right flank and produced a fine assist for Campbell. The latter impressed me tremendously with his body strength and ability to hold on to the ball. Furthermore, he showed again that he can play football and also gets himself in promising positions easily. His goal was very well taken and his unselfish assist for Sanogo showed how mature he already is. At times, Campbell reminded me of Ian Wright: the same hunger and willingness to battle for the ball everywhere; the same dominance and goal threat; the same confidence?
Ramsey was immense – enough said.
Ox looked composed and yet full of energy and attacking intent: a very encouraging performance and let’s hope he will be able to stay fit for a long period now. Chambers was composed and yet driven to take his chance to shine, and I liked what I saw a lot. We need tougher encounters to judge his CB credentials but he nevertheless impressed on his debut. My final word is for Martinez who also looked composed and hungry. I loved his decision making and almost immaculate distribution and let’s hope he will get a few more opportunities in the first team this season.
All in all, a strong first half in which we scored too many goals to make the second half in any way meaningful against our lacklustre opponents (other than Sanogo’s fourth and a badly defended consolation goal for Benfica).
But what was absolutely fantastic was the bringing onto the pitch of our new super-signing, our very own mini-hulk, Alexis Sanchez. The crowd loved it and he loved it, and he looked great in the mighty red and white (will most of us ever come closer to ‘man love’ hahaha 🙂 ). He showed us a few glimpses of what he is capable of: good runs, coming for the ball and protecting it with his body, good passes, thrust, and menace.
Alexis is a Gunner. Arsenal are dancing. And the transfer window is open exactly one more month to find us the beast in midfield. Happy days.
Written by: TotalArsenal.