Arsenals first game at the emirates since last term proved unconvincing due to defensive errors blowing a 2 goal lead in the first game of the preseason tournament Emirates cup.
Summer signing Gervinho impressed to set up Robin van Persie for the opening goal on 27 minutes, with Aaron Ramsey doubling the lead at the start of the second half.
However, the Gunners once again hit the self-destruct button at the back as mistakes from Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou were punished when the Argentinian side struck twice in four minutes.
Gervinho, having impressed on his first Arsenal outing, scoring twice in Cologne last weekend, and along with fellow new arrival defender Carl Jenkinson was named in a starting XI which also featured fit-again goalkeeper Lukaz “flappy-handski” Fabianski and contract rebel Samir Nasri.
The Gunners started promisingly and had something to shout about when Jack Wilshere was tripped in the penalty box, but referee Martin Atkinson waved play on.
- Revealed: Arsenal Learn Their Fate In Europa League Draw
- Report: Ramsey Injury Opens Door For Arsenal To Move For Steven N’Zonzi
- Revealed: The Extent Of Aaron Ramsey’s Injury
Gervinho was then sent clear down the right and centred for van Persie, whose flick was just wide.
Arsenal again were looking vulnerable as too often with set pieces when Juan Insaurralde sent his header over from a dangerous corner
Arsenal provided the breakthrough on the half hour, Gervinho with the assist. The Ivorian forward escaped down the left flank and crossed for van Persie, who slotted home at the near post.
With Arsenal commanding possession up until half-time, Wenger made the expected mass changes for the second half, bringing on 5 fresh legs at the break.
Arsenal extended their lead straight after kick-off when substitute Ramsey drilled home from 20 yards after an impressive darting run from Carlos Vela.
On the hour, substitute keeper Vito Mannone did well to turn over a dipping shot from Lucas Viatri.
Boca Juniors finally broke their deadlock on 68 minutes when Lucas Viatri riffled the ball into the top corner after Juan Riquelme had robbed Squillaci.
Another defensive blunder allowed Boca Juniors to equalise when Djourou fell over a ball into the Arsenal penalty area and Pablo Mouche swept home.
Emmanuel Eboue, supposedly set to join Galatasaray in a £4million deal, saw a 25-yard effort fly wide.
Mannone beat away Riquelme’s free-kick at the near post to prevent a total collapse, the visitors were then unable to find the winner they craved with the gunners holding on for the draw.
Next up Arsenal face Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls on Sunday, with the US side having beaten Paris St Germain 1-0 earlier in the day.
Much doubt will once again will be cast on Arsenals defensive capabilities after simple two blunders, however manager Wenger decided to focus on the positives of the attacking display and most notably star signing Gervinho.
”You never want to concede goals, but overall I do not give too much importance to that,”
”What is important for us it to find a collective rhythm. When we could we managed to play at a good pace for 60 minutes, after it was much more difficult.”
“Gervinho is a good addition to our squad. He is very interesting because he gives us options on both sides and through the middle, and can integrate well with our team. We have some improvements to make in some areas, especially the way we win the ball back, on set-pieces we were not convincing today, but overall it was quite positive.”
Julio Cesar Falcioni’s (Boca Juniors) verdict:
”We tried to get them to make a mistake and took advantage of when we were finding some spaces, which we could profit from, because before that, Arsenal had played very well,” he said. ”We played against one of the greatest teams in the world and gave a great account of ourselves.”