Who benefitted most from first friendly?

by Matthew Harris on July 21, 2014

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders brought a predictable set of moans on social media, particularly after Michael Dawson’s involvement in our opponents’ second goal. Meanwhile, there were some interesting pointers but what will Mauricio Pochettino have really taken from this game?

Two of the goal scorers – Lewis Holtby and Yago Falque were very much on the fringe of things at White Hart Lane last season. Both men were loaned out at various stages of the campaign so could their scoring contributions have been significant?

Elsewhere, Andros Townsend returned to action for the first time since injury put paid to his World Cup hopes. The winger put in 45 minutes before being replaced at half time by Erik Lamela.

Pochettino certainly gave as many players a chance as possible: Cristian Ceballos came off the bench while the only men to feature for the whole 90 minutes were Zeki Fryers, Tom Carroll and Brad Friedel.

It would have been an interesting afternoon for the head coach but will Holtby, Falque, Ceballos, Carroll and others have helped their quest to become more regular members of the first team set up?

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Nice1Cyril July 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Cabellos, Carroll, Fryers, Kane and Falque did themselves no harm, all played with skill and confidence. Dawson was awfull, and has played himself off the team. Naughton and Rose just emphasized why we are looking to sign Davies.Townsend, Lennon, Capoue and Holtby (Goal apart) looked out of sorts (Maybe the new system?)
Kaboul and Fredericks look comnfortable and Freidel was his usual reliable self. Nice to see Saldado score again. Penalties as the Work Cup showed are not a formality and he has scored 6 out of 6 for us, so credit where credit is due, a goal is still a goal. I would give Fryers my M-O-T-M for playing the whole game in two different positions and looking very comfortable in both

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Mertscielny July 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

————–szcesny——————–
Debuchy—Mertesacher—Koscienly—Gibbs
Ramsey——Flamini
Wacott/Sanchez—Ozil———Carzola
–Giroud–

Spuds, run for your pitiful lives!!!!!

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Jim July 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

thats not a particularly scary arse team Mertscielny, not impressive at all, a couple of decent players in ozil (when he’s bothered) andramsey but he’s always injured, walcott not great is he? and he’s always injured too… in fact if that’s the arse team for next season you will be lucky to get top 4. nice of you to come on a spurs board and give an old Tottenham fan a chuckle, thanks buddy :-)

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Sola July 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

What a clown this man is. The Gunners must be ashamed of u Mertscieiny. Please go to another site

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Mertscielny July 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

That team minus two players actually spanked you home and away last season.

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Levy July 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

spanked? I am confused, you could only be a supporter of 2 teams if you are referring to us being spanked home and away – a manc or a scouser… But looks like you’re a gooner..Strange…

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Garry Rogers July 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Arsehole…….Arsenic ……..somewhere between Arsenal……shitty and poisonous.

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pk July 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Remember one thing cunt us yids dont run from you wankers ever ,now fuck off back to south london you fucking slag.

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tim July 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

u should go back to school mate, who is mertsacher and wacott and szcesny it sounds like a order for chinese food

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James July 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Carroll was moving like xavi, completely outshone everyone else on the pitch, ball retention was excellent and he was the only player looking to play in runners

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Sola July 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Who is this character called Mertscieiny. Where has he been. His he commenting on the write up. Must be examined

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Mertscielny July 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

He just happens to support the more sensible club in North London. Not that sense would mean anything to the likes of you.

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ehc July 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

what does that mean?

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villardi July 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Only the first game admittedly, but Lennon and Townsend were predictably poor and Falque and Cellabos skilful and clever. Carroll was creative, Holtby useful and Lamela and Soldado looked up for the season. Fredericks will soon be our first choice right back and Dawson and Rose should both move on soon. I’m optimistic for the season when the World cup guys, Eriksen and Adebayor come back in the squad.

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sean yid July 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Mertscielny gh sk yh mma bty by!!and go comments elsewhere

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villardi July 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm

You tell him Sean! Warming up for the hostilities.

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Mertscieny July 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

lol. Go learn to spell and then come back here to post. Pathetic junk of a kid!!!

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gav July 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Your too old to translate Seans comments you fucking prick!! You fuck off and write on the arsenal site. You really are a sad old fucker. Coys

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