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[VIDEO GOALS] Arsenal 2-2 Boca Juniors: Squillaci & Djourou Errors Blow 2-goal Lead

Familiar problems reared their heads for Arsenal as defensive mistakes let Boca Juniors come from 2-0 down to rescue a 2-2 draw on day 1 of the Emirates Cup. Arsenal took the lead through Robin van Persie, summer signing Gervinho burst down the left and squared for the striker to slot home. Aaron Ramsey then doubled the lead just after half time, slamming home from the edge of the area. The Gunners were coasting but second half sub Squillaci gave away the ball 30 yards from goal which resulted in a Boca goal then only two minutes later, his central defensive partner Djourou failed to properly cut out a through ball resulting in the equaliser.

Boos rang out around the Emirates after both goals and at full-time, and the sooner Arsene Wenger addresses the problem position of centre back, the happier the Arsenal faithful will be. Watch the goals below..




  1. Emman

    July 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    2 bad 4 unconfident Wenger.
    Bet it wit me, arsenal wil be 6th position next season if d defence remains dis way

  2. laud

    July 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Djourou talks 2uu much but he doesnt do enough! He shd stop those silly interviews n work on his form.

    • chris

      July 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Djourou openly supports Wenger so much because he wants to stay popular. He is one of the weak links and knows it.

  3. jide orekoya

    July 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    mr wenger pls do sumtin abt our defency,its really killing,pls buy good defenders dt are reliable nd focused.


    July 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Wenger should think fast and address the defensive,he should splash the cash,because the likes of squillachi n djourou can not handle world class strikers like rooney,torres ,benezema,messi sanchez!!!! go in for cahill samba ,jagielka!!!!!!

    • chris

      July 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Nothing changes … nor will it.

      Only one of the 5 or 6 goalies and defenders today are good enough. That is good enough at defending – which means keeping the ball out of our net.

      But Wenger just doesn’t understand he can buy any defender(s) he likes and they won’t gel as a good, tight defensive unit – as we used to have.

      We need a defensive coach with the power to make changes and drill the defenders. It won’t happen because Wenger will not delegate power.

  5. frquen

    July 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    It’l b such a shame that Arsenal’s manger Arsene Wenger won’t be remembered as a great manager but rather a sturbborn one in 30 years..


    July 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    This alone should show wenger a lesson, that the likes of djourou,squillachi,cannot help us win titles!!!! wenger pls buy players!!!

    • chris

      July 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      The young full backs would be an embarrassment in the Premiership too.

      Too many good, promising footballers who have NOT been schooled at keeping the ball out of our net !! In the last 5 years we have not developed one good defender of our own … not one, including Clichy.

      Good footballers yes and that is what Wenger is obsessed about. Defending is not his strong suit.

      • hedgewire

        July 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        well said, it was sumtim that i never realised b4.

  7. Saint Jones

    July 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Not a new news at all…..we’ve always know this since time memorial yet wenger continues his headiness….. Wat ever he saw in squalaci him alome know but as a football pundit and arsenal lover dat i am, squalacci is trash….. Wenger wake up or same story end of season.

  8. mr waitingforthequalityplayers

    July 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    what defensive errors YET AGAIN!!!!…how many more examples is it going to take for the most ineffectual manager in history to pull his feeble dithering finger out and get a quality centre back OR TWO!!!!…
    WENGER JUST PAY THE MONEY AND BE DONE WITH IT…it may hurt you and your wallet but this crap is killing the fans

    • chris

      July 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Doesn’t matter who he buys in defence insofar as we need a defensive coach. Even trying to be very very tactful … Martin Keown said it all.

  9. Ken

    July 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    In gervinio jenkinson 12 million spent
    Out clichy eboue bentner Lansbury jet 22.5 million
    Profit 10.5 million again the fans are taken for mugs by wenger and the board
    Out with them now

  10. Omologbe

    July 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Y is everybody ignoring d fact dat we need a left back and a striker,rather dan a CB. Believe me TV5 and Kos will do just fine,but in d absent of VP, we ve no aggressive striker.

  11. fab

    July 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    mr aw shuld buy befor transfer windo closed.

    • yakz

      July 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Arsenal is a dead club with no future Ambition
      If the had one they would have sold Fabregas &
      Nasri don’t get me wrong the players are makin
      The club players feel sad if they wana go bye
      To them Buy 3 good central backs and tell me
      Why we won’t win Tropies.

  12. spencerdarsenaladdict

    July 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    4uk wenger and his cockroached muscled defenders. There are lots of good and committed defenders in the transfer window. Wenger should fix things now b4 its 2 late cos i dont wanna see him cry on the pitch as he use to do when loosing. Wenger? A word is enough 4 d wise. Up gunners

  13. Isaac Akpan

    July 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Arsenal drew Boca juniors because of poor defence. It’s high time sir, Arsene Wenger bought Cahill to replace clichy. We as fans are not happy because our opponent, like Man. Utd and Chelsea fans are mocking us here in Nigeria.

  14. Kerry

    July 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    The problem with most Arsenal fans is failing to see the positives from that game.Jerkinson,Gervinho and Frimpong took their opportunities very well and gave us glimpses of our B team finally being able to hold fort when squad rotation kicks in.
    Our team’s physical shape was not up to scratch and we must learn to excuse some heavy legs late in the game but am sure after some serious work next week,our players will be ready for the season.

  15. waxxie

    July 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    why wenger? Must u b so greedy dat u cant even afford 2 pay a complete fee on u delighted wit d floopy performance of our lovely team.just see what u can do 2 seal contracts 4 various classic defender that can stop d likes of sanchez, torres, drogba, rooney and d likes but still consider mata and let d fabregas and nasri leave..

  16. Atolagbe Oluwafemi Legacy

    July 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Why is it that Arsene Wenger is such a stubborn & stingy man, he always goes for cheap players who cannot add steel to d team, but always wants to sell his own players at a very exhorbitant price. It is high time he buys a matured & versatile centre halves who can add to the depth of our ever porous defence, so we fans can hope 4 trophies come next season. Gunner till eternity.

  17. Mar

    July 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Oh dear.. Snap Samba, Cahill or Mertesacker. Djourou and Koscielny still nowhere near to be a perfect partner with Vermaelen. Squillaci is total rubbish.

  18. Mic

    July 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I quite agree with you there. Today’s game showed that the 2nd team can’t really do much going forward. Although we need one centre back,which wenger admits he’ll buy,the likes of squillaci and djourou must get their acts together. Lets not forget that if one CB comes,the two of them would only play 2nd fiddle. Jerkinson,gervinho,frimpong did well and I will like to see bartley given a chance. Nasri cannot play fab’s position!

  19. steve

    July 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    get rid of Djourou …last season he made most mistakes, i cant seriously honestly believe his still in the team…absolutley clueless….mark my words and watch this season…

  20. Nii

    July 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Djourou is the cost of arsenal problem today and not Squillaci, Squillaci pls good all the time when playing with Vermaelen so fans should stop talking about squillaci

  21. kushimo azeez

    July 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    For goodness sake when did wenger want to stop this greedyness?I have passion for this club but wenger is not making me happy.he sholud get rid of the following player to pave way for new one especially CB rosicky,brendtner,squillacci,djourou.we don’t want to be trophyless this season.

  22. gibran

    July 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    sometimes i wonder whats in wenger’s mind after a pathetic perfomance arsenal really makes me sick seeing that past mistakes are not serving any lesson to the french man.that deffence………….trophyless forever

  23. ziggy

    July 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    is it me or did fab really look like he gave a s*** when arsenal scored???

  24. ziggy

    July 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    i meant didnt give a s***

  25. olanrewaju olabintan

    July 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    i ve neva see dis in my lif how could one use his money to hire death. Look at were (crazy)coach he brought in death thinking of he has buy a player is squillacy a player or iku (d death) tell him to go get us power house samba.uh olowo fo wo ra ku.

  26. sdfghjkl

    July 31, 2011 at 2:12 am


  27. Shades

    July 31, 2011 at 6:55 am

    why should wenger cause sleepless nights and nightmares to diehard innocent Arsenal fans due to his poor decisions.

    • sdfghjkl

      July 31, 2011 at 8:40 am

      why is everybody panicking? it was a preseason friendly FFS! it’s the testing stage – they are still just trying new players and tactics etc!

  28. olat

    July 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

    AW pls kindly change all those your moroons that you call defenders,and stop[ wastingour time.

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