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Pre season round up and Premier Fixtures week 1

Sunday the 10th August saw F.A. Cup holders Arsenal take on Premier league winners Manchester City at Wembley Stadium to battle it out over the season’s first piece of silverware – the Comunity Shield. Arguably the least important cup of the year, the Shield nonetheless sets the tone for the season with no less than 5 of the last 10 winners going on to win the league.

premier league week 1 2After a great start to the 2013/14 premiership and a long run in 1st position Arsenal looked like they had a real possibility of lifting the league cup last year as we approached Christmas and the midway point of the season. Things weren’t to go to plan as Arsene Wenger and his team hoped however, and with some weak performances against the big teams Arsenal came out 4th while Man City maintained composure, remained strong and overtook Liverpool right at the end to record their second Premiership title in 3 years.

Arsenal come into this year’s Premiership season sporting a new look team with some expensive signings to silence the critics who say Arsenal are only a selling club. Most notable amongst these is Chilean International Alexis Sanchez, along with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers. Wenger will also have been keen to put to bed last season’s bad memories of defeat at the hands of the likes of Manchester City and prove that his squad can take on all comers.

Manchester City may not have felt so much pressure going into this match but they never really turned up to the game. The Arsenal came out firing on all cylinders and were rewarded with an early goal in the 21st minute as Santi Carzola effortlessly steered the ball past City keeper Willy Caballero into the bottom right corner. Manchester City continued having problems maintaining possession and after another 21 minutes Aaron Ramsey scored in the 42nd after a beautiful move in the box to make himself some space and a quality finiLiverpool v Borussia Dortmundsh allowing him to watch the ball hit the back of the net, this time bottom left corner. Ramsey claims he’s been learning to ‘feel more composed in front of goal’ and I believe him!

After half time there was a little more spark from the City team and a few good aerial opportunities, none of which quite turned into goals but the nail was hammered into the coffin for a damp and dejected Manchester City team as Arsenal striker and Man of the Match Oliver Giroud scored a spectacular goal from outside the box catching Caballero just off his line with a perfectly placed lob. Some people say the Community Shield is just a glorified friendly but Arsenal will come out of that game eager to get their teeth stuck into Crystal Palace next week with a newfound confidence while Manuel Pellegrini may be asking himself a few questions about his squad for the next season. A return to first team for Joe Hart is almost a definite now and the first real test will be away to Newcastle next Saturday.

Liverpool also took on Borussia Dortmund in a genuine friendly at Anfield on Sunday and recorded a very convincing 4-0 victory with goals coming from Sturridge, new boy Lovren, Coutinho and Henderson in an effort to prove that they can score without Suarez. It certainly looked like they can but Dortmund may be more interested in their Super Cup clash with arch-rivals Bayern Munich this Wednesday so again the true test starts next week as the Premiership race begins.

Report by Jeremy BobaFett

Saturday 16th August 2014

 
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Show last 5 matches and coverage Fixture Kick-off Status
Man Utd V Swansea 12:45
Leicester V Everton 15:00
QPR V Hull 15:00
Stoke V Aston Villa 15:00
West Brom V Sunderland 15:00
West Ham V Tottenham 15:00
Arsenal V Crystal Palace 17:30

Sunday 17th August 2014

 
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Show last 5 matches and coverage Fixture Kick-off Status
Liverpool V Southampton 13:30
Newcastle V Man City 16:00

Monday 18th August 2014

 
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Show last 5 matches and coverage Fixture Kick-off Status
Burnley V Chelsea 20:00

 

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