Arsenal kicked off the season with our traditional curtain raiser against League 2 outfit Barnet, after what felt like an eternity of non-Arsenalness. Plenty of youngsters were on show and Gooners were also interested to see how new additions Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Kossh…Kosch…Koosc…Kolosus will fare.

Nordviet Kolosus Verminator Traore
Rozza Pingpong Jacko
JET Simpson Arshy

My stream had barely loaded before Arsenal had taken the lead. A slick one two between Rosicky, our captain for the half, and Andrey Arshavin led to the Russain cleverly rounding the keeper and finishing with ease. A nice start to the 2010/11 season.

Arsenal 1-0 Barnet
Andrey Arshavin ‘2

It didn’t take long for Arsenal to double their lead. An imposing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas tackle found its way to goalscorer Arshavin, and, after some tippy tappy play in the penalty area, a Wilshere cut back finds Jay Simpson who casually passes it into the bottom corner of the net.

Arsenal 2-0 Barnet
Jay Simpson ‘16

Arsenal were clearly ontop. A fantasic cross from Armond Traore, playing in his less favoured left-back position, found Jay Simpson, whos miscued header defelected to centre back Thomas Vermaelen. However, the Bulgarian’s first effort was cleared off the line and second flew way above the crossbar.

Another chance as Arshavin worked his way into the penalty area, but his looping shot only managed to hit the crossbar. An effort deserving of a goal.

Arsenal did however get a third just before half-time. Arshavin was again involved as Arsenal counter-attacked with venom. The trickster fed it to Wilshere who unselfishly pulled it back for Jay Simpson to get his second of the match with extreme ease.

Arsenal 3-0 Barnet
Jay Simpson ‘45

As easy as first halfs come for Arsenal. With Arshavin, Wilshere, and Frimpong definitely the standout performers. They, along with the rest of the team, would all be replaced for a totally new second-half line-up.

Vito the Don
Eastmond Djourou Miquel Gibbsy
Landsury Henderson Super Sam
Barazite Chamaaaakh Theo

Walcott was at the centre of most attacks during the second half, and looked like a totally different player from the one dropped in favour of Emile Heskey for the England set-up. He first came into action when he cut inside from the right after pressure from the Barnet left back, though his effort dipped over the left hand side of the goal.

Walcott again came into action when his lovely run beat the offside trap, he then layed it off for new signing Marouane Chamakh but the striker could only hit it straight at the Barnet goalkeeper.

Arsenal were less dominant in the second half, but still managed to get a 4th after a mistake by Danny Leach was capitalized on by our captain for the half, Samir Nasri, who cooley slotted it into the net.

Arsenal 4-0 Barnet
Samir Nasri ‘75

Arsenal would prove to only have one more real chance until the final whistle, and that was when a Conor Henderson cross flew past the face of goal, but Nacer Barazite couldn’t get there quick enough.

A 4-0 thumping of Barnet, always nice to start the season on a high

As written by Massa of GoonersWorld Forum

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