Thursday, August 7, 2008

Young Guns Secure Herbert Chapman Trophy

Huddersfield Town 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal have defeated Huddersfield away from home to secure the first ever Herbert Chapman Trophy.

Arsenal enjoyed a bright start with a fairly youthful side. Wenger presumably rested members of the established first team so that they are fresh for the Amsterdam Tournament this weekend, the players who started today will no doubt, play a part in the club's Carling Cup campaign.

In the opening ten minutes, Ramsey and Walcott linked well, and the young gun of the moment, Jack Wilshere, played in Carlos Vela only for the Huddersfield glovesman to pull off a routine save.

Kieran Gibbs looked comfortable in the left back position and he enjoyed an overlapping move.

Huddersfield though started controlling play due to the obvious inexperience of Arsenal's teenage midfield of Ramsey and Randall. Arsenal's defence started giving needless balls away and it was The Terriers fault for not punishing these errors.

Apart from a few decent efforts from Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, the score remained nil-nil at half time and if the score remained a draw at full-time, penalties would have to split the teams.

At the break, Arsene brought on Jay Thomas, Emmanuel Frimpong, Sanchez Watt, Jay Simpson, Nacer Barazite and goalkeeper Mannone, with Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, and Fabianski all coming off.

Barrett broke the deadlock for Huddersfield in the second half with a deflected shot getting past the Italian keeper Mannone. The Arsenal defence did not deal with the ball properly and the Terriers finally punished their visitors.

Sanchez Watt shortly equalised for Arsenal with nice play from Jay Simpson coming in from the right. Nacer Barazite made it 2-1 with a crafty Dutch turn leaving his marker and shooting from far outside the box. The goalkeeper reacted quickly and dove for the ball but all he could do was palm it into his own net.

Wenger's young guns were left to lift the glass trophy at the end, and captain for the night Johan Djourou was visibly pleased.

Arsenal: Fabianski (Mannone), J Hoyte (Rui Fonte), Djourou (Bartley), G Hoyte (Frimpong), Gibbs, Lansbury (Nordveit), Ramsey (Emmanuel Thomas), Randall, Wilshere (Watt), Walcott (Barazite), Vela (Simpson).

Huddersfield: Goodwin (Mirfin), Cadameteri (Jevons), Collins (Berrett), Glennon (Smithies), Holdsworth (Clarke), Lucketti (Williams), Roberts (Worthington), Skaz (Parker), Butler (Kamara), Beckett (Codman).

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