Arsenal has gotten off to a strong start in the preseason. We have won all of our matches so far, including a blow-out victory over Chelsea. There haven’t been any new developments in the transfer market, so we’re going to focus on the preseason developments so far.
Blowing Out Chelsea
Arsenal recently destroyed Chelsea 4-0. While this was only a preseason match, it always feels good to beat the Blues. All of our new players played well, especially Jesus. While Chelsea certainly played poorly, we can still be happy with our performance. Arteta has been experimenting a little with Arsenal’s backline, and this experiment certainly worked against Chelsea. Our win over Chelsea certainly gives the lads plenty of confidence heading into our final preseason match against Sevilla.
Gabriel Jesus has been Arsenal’s most high-profile signing so far this summer. As he joined for a large fee, there is plenty of pressure on him to bring the goals that Arsenal needed last season. He has gotten off to a flying start, as he has already scored several classy goals.
Odegaard had a good season last year, and he was rewarded with the captaincy. He looks to be playing even better so far. Odegaard has been scoring and creating at will throughout the preseason.
Arsenal’s New-Look Back Line
Now that Saliba is back at the club, there have been some questions about the composition of Arsenal’s back line. In the last half of the Chelsea match, the back line was composed of Zinchenko on the left flank, Gabriel and Saliba in the middle, and Ben White out wide on the right. This back line played very well together, and we think Arsenal should stick with it for the time being.
Zinchenko’s signing may have caught a few Gunners by surprise, but it was certainly a welcome surprise. Zinchenko brings a great deal of versatility to the club, as he can play at full-back or in central midfield. He’s only played one half of football for Arsenal so far, but he looked good.
Ramsdale was one of Arsenal’s best players last season, but he’s looked a little shaky so far in the preseason. It’s not uncommon for goalkeepers to be a little rusty at the beginning of the season. Ramsdale will surely play himself back into form by the start of the Premiership season.