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August 22, 2010
Posted by David Young on 08/22/2010

Arsenal were expected to beat Blackpool easily at Ashburton Grove yesterday and they did just that. Racking up a 6-0 victory, it was a fine way to kick off their home campaign and was a critical early boost to their goal difference.

Theo Walcott was the star of the afternoon, notching the first hat-trick of his Arsenal career inside an hour. It crowned one of his more assertive displays for the club. The Seasiders couldn't live with his pace and a far more direct approach from the young winger reaped dividends. After the match, Arsene Wenger praised Walcott's decision-making in delivering his final ball. It was better, but there still is room for improvement. However, it was a performance that he can build on and the real test will be whether he can replicate producing this sort of threat week in, week out over the course of the season and against sterner opposition.

Hat-trick Man Theo Walcott ©Getty Images
August 15, 2010
Posted by David Young on 08/15/2010

Arsenal snatched a late draw at Anfield courtesy of Pepe Reina's 90th minute goalkeeping howler and it was no more than the Gunners deserved after a solid but somewhat workman-like away performance.

Last-minute equalisers are always enjoyable but it was particularly satisfying to see Reina throw the ball in his own net. He has not endeared himself to Arsenal fans after ring-leading the now infamous incident where a Barcelona shirt was forced over Cesc Fabregas’s head at Spain’s World Cup homecoming and it really was a pleasure to watch his agony after the goal.

Pepe Reina - Not the Future of Barcelona or Spain ©Getty Images
August 2, 2010
Posted by David Young on 08/02/2010

Arsenal fans got their first sight of the team at Ashburton Grove over the weekend as the Gunners staged, and won, the Emirates Cup.

As much as the club might try to hype the tournament, these were still preseason warm-up games and, as good as it is to get an early look at the players, there is not much we can deduce for the coming season from these matches. Still, the stadium was pretty much sold out on both days which only goes to show the appetite of the fans as we all wait for the Premier League to get going again. There are only two weeks to go but it still feels an age away as the close-season drags on interminably.

Marouane Chamakh Get His First Home Goal ©Getty Images
David Young Sam Limbert: My retirement as a football player came at the age of 14 due to being rubbish, it's fair to say I was more Kaba Diawara than Thierry Henry, so I turned my focus to writing about the game. I'm a lifelong Arsenal fan and have been lucky enough to watch the team across England and Europe. My favourite Gunner of all time is Dennis Bergkamp, and the 2004 Invincibles is the greatest side I've ever seen in English football. I try to be positive about the Arsenal as it's the hope that keeps us going! Follow me on twitter @SamsMatchReport.

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