The month of August labeled the start of a new campaign, and the Gooners were looking at it with newly-found optimism and hope following the club’s demise in the tail end of last season.
At the start of the month, Wenger wasn’t really active in the transfer market, but the club has already lost Gael Clichy while the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri still remained in doubt. The playoff draws took place, and Arsenal geared themselves up for a two-legged encounter with Udinese, the fourth-placed Italian Serie A team last season.
Arsenal raised its curtains in St. James Park, a ground that hosted a Premier League epic in February. Both teams had a cautious first half, but the game was marred by the theatrics of Joey "Hitler" Barton after he got himself involved with a jersey tug with Gervinho when he instigated it.
Gervinho saw red on his debut and that was it from an Arsenal point of view. The game ended in a goalless stalemate.
Three days after the bore draw at Tyne side, Arsenal hosted Udinese in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs, and made away with a 1-0 win after Walcott latched on to a Ramsey-drilled pass.
The Gunners then hosted Liverpool in the lunchtime fixture for the weekend, but Ignasi Miquel was left with a red face after his proposed clearance hit Aaron Ramsey’s body to go into the net, leaving Szczesny helpless. Luis Suarez put the game beyond doubt to give Liverpool its first win in Arsenal’s home ground in 11 years.
Arsenal was faced with a do-or-die match in the Champions League playoff second leg against Udinese, but Antonio di Natale’s heroics were not enough as Arsenal ran out as 2-1 winners in the fiercely contested encounter.
Arsenal’s last match in August was definitely one to forget because the club received it’s biggest defeat in the 21st century at the hands of the old enemy, Manchester United. A game that brought up comments like,
“I 8-2 be an Arsenal fan right now”
At the start of every new month, I’ll create an article like this reviewing all the matches played in the previous month.
The best part of such an article is that it was created from the votes of my esteemed readers in the polls I created at the end of the month. These votes will go a long way because it would influence the end of the season review like the 2010/11 Season Review that I created last season.
Here’s a full list of Gooner Daily’s awards for the month of August created thanks to the votes of the blog’s readers.