Well, Arsenal didn’t disgrace themselves in a fun game against the MIGHTY Real Madrid.
We more than held our own against Zidane’s team of champions, in fact, it’s hard to say that we didn’t dominate them at times.
Unai Emery looked like he really wanted it… the scariest PE teacher this side of the Atlantic last night. It looked like he really needed to show the world, the fans, and the press that he can cut it against big teams and he wants a seat at the big boys table.
Once again, we rolled with players that really shouldn’t be anywhere near the tour, but hey, Bale landed some game time, so I guess everyone is out here shop windowing players they want to move on.
I thought there were some real positives. Firstly, we went two goals up and dominated from the start. Arsenal looked like they’d adapted to the heat more so than Madrid. We pressed well, even Ozil was getting involved in the dirty work. It is true, blondes really do have more fun.
How about Carl Jenks smashing into Marcelo? Take that you ‘I’m too good to play with Carl’ mug.
The second half was more interesting for me because we brought Saka, Eddie and Reiss into the game. They were a real menace. The pace and athleticism they gave our forward line was transformative, the shame of it was that it was meshed in with youthful bad decision making. They were all fluffing their lines like shy teenagers attempting to ask the head cheerleader to the dance.
It was a touch embarrassing to see us take the ball to the corner last minute, but at least the players are taking the preseason seriously.
Madrid won on penalties, but who cares, really?
So what have we learned…?
Things are getting desperate now. We may or may not have signed Ceballos. We’re no nearer on a powerful winger. We seem further away on a left-back than ever before. Emery is trying to promote an exciting future on the pitch, but it’s with kids, not mature stars.
The four players he thought he was landing haven’t materialised, and we’re very close to the start of the season.
I mean, I’d rather that than attempt another season with a bunch of players that are unlikely to find the next level for us… at least it’ll be exciting and committed.
We’ll see though, plenty of time until the window shuts… sort of.
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