The Sour Big Apple: New York Red Bulls 1 – 0 Arsenal – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
New York Red Bulls 1 – 0 Arsenal

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After a solid win over Boreham Wood, Arsenal’s pre-season continued in The Big Apple, taking on Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls.

The first half brought a rather big surprise with Rosicky starting off as a false 9 similar to Spain’s approach in the 2012 European Championships.

It took Thierry Henry just 5 minutes to get in behind the gunners defense, he went 1 on 1 with Szcesney only for the Arsenal number 1 to perform a somewhat fantastic finger tip save past the post.

Just 4 minutes later arsenal nearly went in front. Cazorla picked up a pass from Ramsey on the edge of the box and curled the ball towards the far corner with his right foot, it went agonizingly close.

The new York red bulls started to gain more and more possession throughout the first half and it was only a matter of time until they scored. Then in the 31st minutes Ian wright’s son Bradley wright Phillips broke the deadlock. it came from a Thierry Henry corner, the ball was whipped into the box, it was then headed down towards Bradley wright Phillips who stabbed it into the roof of the net.

Neither team really had the majority of possession throughout the first half, both teams gave away the ball easily, but it was the New York red bulls that came out on top after the first half.

Arsenal started the second half off on the front foot, this positive approach led to a Diaby goal in the 55th minute only for it to be disallowed by the linesman for offside.

Both teams were struggling to crate chances in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

It took until the 78th minute for arsenal to create a clear-cut chance. Akpom ran through on goal but fluffed his lines after the keeper ran out towards him to block his shot.

When the final whistle blew it was the New York red bulls that came out on top after a fairly poor performance by Arsenal.

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Arsenal Player Ratings (First Half)

Szczesney: [6/10]

Made a good save to deny Henry, should have done better with their goal.

Jenkinson: [6.5/10]

Made constant runs down the flank, put in a couple of decent crosses.

Hayden: [6/10] 

showed good awareness and stepped in to make good interceptions.

Monreal: [6/10] 

Could tell he wasn’t a centre back, got caught out of position a few times.

Gibbs: [7/10]

Defended very well like always. Bombed forward to put a few good crosses in the box.

Arteta: [6.5/10]

His first touch is always positive, kept it ticking, got caught sleeping on the ball a few times.

Wilshere: [8/10] 

Put in some fantastic challenges, very commanding in midfield.

Zelalem: [5/10]

Gave away the ball more than once didn’t have a very good game.

Ramsey: [7/10] 

Got forward a lot, made good passes and was very involved.

Cazorla: [6.5/10]

Wasn’t in the game much, took a good shot that just went wide.

Rosicky: [6.5/10]

Made good runs when playing as a false 9, came short and linked well with the midfield.

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Substitutes

Martinez: [6/10]

Made good saves when needed.

Bellerin: [6.5/10]

Didn’t do much when he came on, should have got forward and put more crosses in.

Miquel: [6/10] 

Defended well somewhat like Hayden.

Flamini: [6.5/10]

Kept ticking like Arteta, made a couple good challenges.

 Diaby: [7/10]

Looked lively,had a disallowed goal.

Akpom: [6/10] 

Showed good touches. linked well in midfield, should have scored.

Coquelin:  [6.5/10]

Got on the ball a lot, showed some great touches.

Olsson:[5/10]

Got on the ball, tried to make things happen.

Toral:[5/10]

Should of got on the ball more, showed good touches when he did get on it.
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The Sour Big Apple

It’s not that important, but a loss is never good.

All game arsenal struggled to create chances which is inexcusable with the talent we had starting, including the likes of Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky and Cazorla.

Arsene went for a false 9 in the first half but after seeing that, I’m sure he wont be thinking of doing that again any time soon.

Our defensive performance was nowhere near good enough, it should have been a lot better against an MLS side.

The performance was very much under par and it’s not something to go into the new season with.

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