Gervinho scored at the double in his Arsenal debut in a 2-1 win over Cologne. The Ivory Coast star, a summer capture for £11m from French outfit Lille, showed he has a real goal touch with an opener after just six minutes and a second after 15 minutes. The first goal came after superb play from Jack Wilshere, while Theo Walcott provided the pass from the right.
New boy Carl Jenkinson scored a horrific, bizarre own goal just before half-time when he somehow looped the ball over Wojciech Szczęsny. How he managed it God only knows.
The home side pressed but couldn’t nick an equaliser while we had chances with AA23 and Tom Rosicky going closest. AW made wholsesale changes for the second half, which saw RVP and Samir Nasri coming on.
Youngster Connor Henderson was taken off on a stretcher at the death after suffering an injury to his right ankle. Aaron Ramsey has just tweeted: “Fans were great today!was a good game for us to play in,apart from what happened at the end,hope that conor henderson has a speedy recovery!”
Now Wilshere has added his thoughts on Twitter. He said: “Happy with the win and the support from the #AFC fans….not happy that @Henderson_91 got injured! Fingers crossed he is okay!”
In other news, Sky Sports are reporting Ipswich, Burnley and Portsmouth have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
Meanwhile, a second-half Chuks Aneke goal gave Arsenal reserves a 1-0 win at Stevenage.
Next up is the Emirates Cup.
CARL ELDRIDGE – Follow me on Twitter @eldomedia