Hurrah! A trophy for Arsenal finally. Gervinho’s equalizer against the Saints was enough for the Gunners to get their hands on the Markus Leibherr trophy even as they lost the penalty shootout because they had already won against Anderlecht, 1-0 on Henri Lansbury’s goal. It was a very young Gunners squad with only Kieran Gibbs, the captain keeping company with Marouane Chamakh and Carl Jenkinson from the first team. We got our first glimpse of Thomas Eisfeld, the German wunderkid who looked very good.
For those wondering about Markus Liebherr, he was the Swiss businessman who bought Southampton in 2009, thus saving them from administration. He passed away before the side climbed up from League 1 to the Championship and thereon to the Premiership. The club commemorated his memory by hosting the inaugural Markus Liebherr competition.