Report: Cologne 0-4 Arsenal – This looks exciting!

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Arsenal saved the best for last as this pre-season was brought to an end with an impressive outing against Podolski’s former club Cologne.

It was indeed the German ace who stole the show with an exciting display on his debut in an Arsenal shirt. The Gunners won 4-0 through goals from Vermaelen and Gervinho which were sandwiched by a terrific brace from the man returning to his old ground, Lukas Podolski.

With the season’s opener against Sunderland now looming, Arsene Wenger wasted no time to test out his latest recruit Santi Cazorla as the Spanish midfielder started in midfield along with fellow new faces Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

Arsenal were in rampant mood from kick-off and Giroud’s dangerous effort from the left had to be parried away for a corner by the goalkeeper. Santi Cazorla then stepped up to deliver the set-piece and Thomas Vermaelen was right on the money to head the ball home from close range.

The Gunners sensed this could be a nice work-out and threatened the Cologne back-line before the home side buckled again under pressure as Oxlade-Chamberlain was fouled in the penalty box.

Podolski, who had announced his wish to score ahead of the match, stepped up and coolly converted the spot-kick to make it 2-0 in favour of the visitors.

Cologne finally came to life after that goal and went inches away from pulling a goal back as an effort which saw Mertesacker and Arsenal’s defense beaten went just wide off the bottom corner of the net.

But Arsenal continued their domination on the scoreboard and just before the break, Podolski netted a fantastic goal. He first found Kierran Gibbs on the left with a long ball before racing into the box to smash the left-back ‘s cut-back pass into the net. His second goal of the game and a tremendous way to end the first half.

The second-half saw a much-changed side enter the field for the Gunners and after Gervinho went on an astonishing solo run and netted Arsenal’s fourth goal, Podolski was withdrawn for Robin van Persie of all people.

The Dutchman interestingly took the captain’s armband from Vermaelen after being introduced but failed to really catch the eye with his display as he looks to improve his fitness following his short holidays after Euro 2012.

The scoreline was a bit harsh on Cologne who did hit the woodwork and had a few spells where they troubled the Gunners’ defense.

But today really belonged to the quality show from Wenger’s men.

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25 thoughts on “Report: Cologne 0-4 Arsenal – This looks exciting!

  1. So apparently when you’re angling for a move
    away from the club you play like shit and try
    not to get involved in the play as much as
    possible. No effort in delivering your passes
    and just keeping a pure c#ntish attitude. Just
    go now!!!, I really d.g.a.f anymore.

  2. Excellent outing for the team, looking quite good, seems like we have several guns blazing now and not only RVP, i had hope our defenders would have had a sterner test but we have to just work with this.
    GIroud very strong, a set up man, good finisher also, he could have had a three timer today if it was not only for that brilliant keeper
    Cazorla quick feet, intelligent, great passer, makes it look effortless when passing, he should make arsenal even more dangerous
    Podolski has so many dimensions i cant even count, a marvelous addition to ARSENAL

  3. We must of course preface any comments by pointing out Cologne are a very weak team,not good enough to stay in the Bundesliga but this was a very encouraging display. All of the new players looked excellent.Cazorla is a delight and Podolski showed real class and Giroud displayed great movement and an eye for goal.
    Gervinho and AOC were also excellent.
    I wonder what RVP thinks.? This squad is clearly better than last year but I detected to problems.We still give teams too much space to get at our back 4. Song got forward a lot and left gaps but we were not tight in the first half.And we need a back up goalie.Flappy is bad enough but Mannone is an accident waiting to happen. Nevertheless this was an exciting performance.

  4. Chamakh is a disaster, pls wenger should sell him. Someone should also teach gevinho how to deliver a killa final pass, if he can improve on that he did become a grt assest

  5. So Impressed With The Squad Today,Podolski,Giroud,Cazorla,Walcott,The Ox And Some Others Looked Sharp Today,Hopefully We Could Take This Form Into The Premier League

  6. It’s an absolute disgrace that rvp got given the armband. He should be LAST in line to have it. Fucking Wenger. I can’t believe what disgraceful shit happens in his head to let that prick wear the armband

    1. Disgraceful shit? RVP is currently the captain! Not ideal but stripping him of captaincy is just going to cause a stir. I am upset RVP is leaving but he deserves some respect after his performances last year. Don’t be fickle.

  7. Just a solid dmf/rb (and possibly backup keeper) away from having a really dangerous squad. Wenger has proved once again that he’s still the master at grabbing bargains in the transfer market.

  8. Agreed. The guy played dismally today. No effort at all!, I mean do we want this kind of guy at arsenal?.
    You burnt your bridges rvp, there’s no way he can be captain.
    Just leave

  9. I was impressed wid evri1 in da team but Chamakh…tink is time to let him go and give Park da chance he’s neva had…and 4 gervinho; brilliant runs and skill but still lack the finishing attitude…tink Wenger shud help him out and if he cannot still deliver, shud always find any1 closer instead of hitting at the keeper.

  10. RVP!!

  11. well ok it was only colognes second string mainly, but it was impressive could have been 7 up in first half easy except young cologne keeper was outstanding. Were you watching his performance Arsene would bring a touch of class to and competition to the keeper position. Anyway 12 subs second have and performance became disjointed but the team that started showed promise and showed that we don’t need rvp in the team giroud could have had a hattrick so could poldolski oh and what a magician santi is

  12. Why am I not hearing any props for Andrey Arshavin. Especially with the 1-on-1 situation he provided for Gervinho and the thru ball cross to RVP which he F*CKED up. RVP must go, if a player says he doesnt want to sign a new contract means he will never be commited to that team again.

    Gooner 4 Life

  13. I agree with everyone about Santi, Podolski and Giroud, but think that Nico Yennaris also stood out. Nico looked very good out there.

    After seeing how well the team played in the first half, I’d play that group–with Koscielny, Arteta and Sagna added–in most matches. Let RVP play with the others in the second group as an occasional sub, against the weaker opposition from time to time, and early Cup matches. If RVP plays like he did against Cologne, let’s see how much other clubs are willing to pay him after this season: not as much as Arsenal is offering him now, I’d bet.

    There are definitely a few players, in particular Chamakh, who could be purged from the roster without hurting the club one bit. It’s time to get that done and bring in a couple of quality players who can actually add to the team’s depth.

  14. Cologne are pretty dire, all four goals were so easy. They let in 75 in the Bundesliga last season. This friendly does not say much about the new signings, Sunderland will be a lot more difficult.

  15. Is a great team dere combination is very good at cardzola,arteta,and song playing in midfield.wallcot,poldoski and van parsie or giroud den our defence we be sagna,kosheskly,varmalin n gibb den our keeper ll be scezny n wt dis square.i blv wotever chelsea,man-u,man-city or anyteam in England arsenal ll be d great team bt is going to crown dere effort wt trophies in sha Allah (main)

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