I’ve just watch the highlights of Arsenal’s 4-0 thumping of Chelsea and I’d say the level of football has improved. More pace, movement, clinical finishing, albeit we should have scored more and we looked pretty darned good. But, as Mikel Arteta said after the game this was a “friendly”.
After Liverpool lost to Man Utd just a few weeks ago, didn’t anyone with an ounce of common sense think that Liverpool had suddenly regressed or Utd had become world beaters? Of course not, or at least I’d like to think not. A few pre-season matches, regardless of the result, are nothing other than a training session. Of course it’s nice to see Arsenal play well, it’s great to see the team scoring goals but it’s when the new season kicks off that performance and results matter.
Should Arsenal supporters should be excited about this team? A question put to Mikel Arteta after the game.
Yes but it was a friendly match. As you could see there are a lot of positives to take from the game. The way we played, the intensity we showed, the way we were trying to show who we are as a team. But at the same time, it’s just a test match. Don’t get carried away. There are still a lot of things that we have to get better at, and do better. But I think it’s good to get some momentum, finish the tour in the right way, give some enjoyment to our fans and everybody that’s been contributing to make this tour happen. Now it’s time to go back to London, to focus and keep making improvements and steps forwards.
Gabriel Jesus should be fine by the way, despite getting a knock during the game.
Does the result change anything about the transfer strategy?
Nothing. Again, don’t get carried away. There were a lot of positives, there are a lot of things we can do much, much better than we have done today as well and we have to continue to improve as a team.
There’s a plan at Arsenal and that plan is clearly going to be seen through to its end regardless of how pre-season has gone. Rightly so too because anything else would be foolhardy as well as being risky. At the moment, Thomas Partey is fit but that’s not to say he will be in November, January or March.
We’re less than two weeks away from our opening fixture of the season and we have Tomiyasu, ESR, Tierney and Vieira out. Tierney played 30 minutes in Germany and hasn’t been seen since. Missing pre-season will set them back but it is what it is and at least Mikel Arteta has other options.
Signing American players?
We have already one that we just signed so it’s a good start. Let’s see how he adapts but it’s a huge market, there are a lot of opportunities there and hopefully we can bring some more to make you happy.
I’m sure Mikel Arteta had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek when answering that particular question but I hope the club can sign one, if not two more players. A winger and a central midfielder in the mould of Partey. Earlier this month we were linked with Amadou Onana but that story has gone cold. West Ham we’re linked with him too, they’d even made an offer for him according to Sky Sports but again, that’s gone cold too. I know YouTube can make Yaya Sanogo look world class but Onana really does look a promising young player. Perhaps Lokonga could have a word or two in his ear. Lol
So that’s it for Arsenal as far as being overseas goes and now it’s home time. The Emirates Cup takes place next weekend when Mikel Arteta’s team will face Sevilla in our final pre-season fixture. Then we go again. A rollercoaster of emotions as the the next few weeks and months go by but you know what? I feel more optimistic about this season, more confident that this season will be much better than we’ve had for a long time because the squad looks so much stronger and more balanced than it’s looked in years. We have depth, not just in numbers but in strength and quality.
And we’re still in July…..