Lacazette has a new Arsenal striker competitor up front….
…from Per Mertesacker. Thats right, after a fantastic, stand out performance in the FA Cup final, it took Per only 4 minutes to get on the scorers sheet.
Welcome to the land Down Under Arsenal. And a great start to the tour with Lacazette also finding the back of the net.
We now turn our attention to how Arsenal will fare in their next game against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.
But first a bit of background before kick-off
Two of the biggest exports of Australian football to the EPL were Mark Viduka and Mark Bosnich. Both with Croatian backgrounds and both products of the old Australian NSL (National Soccer League) which has been replaced with the new A-League. Another example of this breed of Australian Football export was Tony Popovic and Ante Milicic. Both with Croatian heritage, both played for Australia and in their retirement as players, both becoming key players in the development and success of the Western Sydney Wanderers. Popovic is coach and Milicic was his assistant (he is now assistant coach of the Australian Team).
Tony Popovic played 123 games for Crystal Palace, was an integral part of the Palace defence and became club captain. Tony also played 58 games for Australia. As head coach of Wanderers (Crystal Palace were at one stage chasing him) since the clubs inception and his background as a player in charge of the defence, this Arsenal game against the Wanderers will be a very different one from the one against Sydney FC on Thursday night.
Firstly, the Wanderers are only 6 years old but already boast one of the biggest and most passionate fanbases in Australian Football (the Red and Black Army) and they are the only Australian football team that have won the Asian Champions League on a budget that would make Arsene Wenger cry.
Secondly, Arsenal might feel obliged to throw a game for good will.
Personally I am hoping that Arsene plays a 3, 2, 5 –
Monreal, Per, Kolasinac
Wellbeck, Ozil, Lacazette, Giroud, Ox
Its going to be a great game for football fans everywhere.
Written by VP of Oz