Arsenal has had a wonderful start to their preseason which included a demolition of their rivals Chelsea.
Even after finishing 5th last season and missing out on a Champions League place, there were enough signs to suggest Arsenal might be well and truly back.
They narrowly missed out on the top 4 but everyone could see the potential within the north London club. They were playing some good football in the last season, and we can’t wait to see how they progress this time around.
Their squad is very young but full of talents. Which means they will only get better as time goes on.
Their preseason has been superb so far and a 4-0 demolition of Chelsea has been the pick of their performances.
But preseason is something that should not be taken that seriously. Most of the teams use the preseason games as an experiment to try out different tactics and formations. It also becomes an opportunity to field young academy players.
So, reading too much into the preseason is never the correct estimation of team progress. And arsenal’s new signing thinks so too!
Oleksandr Zinchenko has advised his Arsenal teammates not to overestimate their preseason thrashing of Chelsea. The Ukrainian made his debut for the club in the 4-0 victory over Mikel Arteta’s side, in which four different players scored.
“In terms of the game, of course, we did well, but there is still a couple of things we can improve,” the £30m man said. “4-0 is a great result, but this is a friendly and in the Premier League it will be different. I hope the result will be the same, but we need to work hard.”
Arsenal finished just five points behind Chelsea in the league last season, with the gap enough for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues to end up two places clear of the Gunners.
Zinchenko has already admitted to enjoying life at his new club, speaking of the “unbelievable” quality in the squad, but the real test will come when the competitive games begin.
Mikel Arteta has made several important additions to his squad, spending more than £100 million on new arrivals.
The Gunners have also benefited greatly from some of the new signings, with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko both looking fantastic acquisitions on paper, after joining from Manchester City.
With the Emirates Cup against Sevilla on the horizon, and the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace at Crystal Palace on August 5, Arteta may want to do even more with his squad in the days ahead!