Stade Nyon (0) 0 - 4 (1) Arsenal
Nyon, Sunday 20th July 1997
friendlyA handful of travelling supporters, a few Swiss-based Gooners (yeah, we exist) and quite a lot of boozing Geneva-based Brits got to see all of Arsenal's new signings in a friendly against amateur side Nyon, a few miles along the lake from Geneva, on a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon. 20 different players, 4-4-2, 4-0.
Wright look-alike Boa-Morte, looking sharp on the left, banged one in after three minutes, after which it stayed one-nil-to-the-Arsenal for over an hour. Shame Nyon didn't equalize ten minutes later though, with their only real chance of the match, a superb bicycle kick from 20 yards out that came back of a post without Seaman moving. First half summary: Bould, Marshall and Winterburn didn't have too much to do, right back Jason Crowe - who I'd never actually heard of - looked good. In midfield, Platt was Platt, and Boa-Morte, Petit and Mendez were all competent. Up front Shaw looked like he should have playing for the local side, and all that can be said about Wright is that his therapy hasn't exactly paid off yet.Nine changes for the second half, only Marshall and Mendez staying on. Manninger in goal didn't have a save to make until the last five seconds, but he looked all right saving from Bob Wilson at half time! The new back four had Grimandi next to Marshall, with Upson and Garde as full backs. They weren't exactly troubled. Overmars started on the left, with Hughes and Viera in the middle, and Mendez still on the right of midfield. Bergkamp and Anelka were up front. Mendez banged one in at the near post, after seeing the keeper out of position, and was immediately replaced by Boa-Morte. First time I've seen a substitued player come back on. Overmars switched to the right, and Arsenal steamed forward with two wingers. Don't remember when I last saw that, but I certainly want to see it again. Overmars scored the third, looping a shot into the far corner, Bergie got a fourth with a low drive near the end.
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