New York Red Bulls vs Arsenal Match Report

On 27th July 2014 by Kieran

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal

Red Bull Arena

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The meeting between the Red Bulls and Arsenal is the only match bringing Arsenal to the United States. This was to be a fitting Tribute to the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry allowing him to play against the Arsenal squad with it being likely to be his last appearance against an Arsenal side.

The Arsenal squad was an unusual one compared to the Red Bulls squad who fielded an ordinary team. Rosicky began as a striker for Arsenal as well as Monreal starting as a centre-back. From the whistle Henry showed why he was such a highly respected player at Arsenal, with his vision and placement of the ball causing problems within the opening minutes.

The first real chance of the match fell to the Red Bulls. A through ball threaded to Henry on the left wing and attempted his trademark finesse shot to slot the ball past Szczesny only for the keeper to push it wide

The Red Bulls showed consistency within the opening half hour, with regular opportunities on goal yet they still had nothing to show for it.

Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. A Thierry Henry corner floated to the back post was headed to a lurking Wright-Phillips at the front post who was causing a nuisance in front of the keeper and was able to knock it in.

Arsenal didn’t show much promise within the first half, with the Red Bulls clearly trying to prove that they were a side to be reckoned with. Although Arsenal made 7 half-time substitutes to try and change the scoreline.

Abou Diaby came on at half-time and only 11 minutes into the second half managed to latch on to the end of a Chuba Akpom ball and thread one past the Red Bulls keeper Robles providing hope for Arsenal, but this was only for it to be ruled offside.

But this disallowed goal fired up New York Red Bulls’ keeper Luis Robles who played a stunner from then on making fantastic point blank saves enabling the Red Bulls to maintain a 1-0 lead.

The key point of the match was not during play. In the 52nd minute Thierry Henry was substituted walking off to a standing ovation from both Arsenal and Red Bulls fans. But without him the Attack from the New York team did not seem quite the same.

Although the New York defense and goalkeeper stayed strong to secure the 1-0 victory.

Arsene Wenger spoke after the match telling fans “We had a very experimental defense today and Bradley Wright-Phillips was very dangerous” re-assuring fans that this was a purely experimental idea.

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