Arsenal beat Charlton 6-0. Does that mean we’re winning the race for top 4? I believe so.
Goals from Laca, Auba, Willock and a TREMENDOUS hattrick from the boy wonder Eddie Nkeitiah sealed the deal in a warm-up game at The Emirates.
I don’t have much of a download from the game.
Key points for me:
Arteta now has a month of Zooming with the players and a month of working with them on the training pitch. They will be fully fit, mentally prepared and eager to impress before the summer of uncertainty gets underway. The last 10 games might be awful, but I really think the next batch of games favours Arsenal because we were in such a mess.
Eddie Nketiah is going to be important over the next few years. His job for the remainder of the season is to prove he has a top-level gear. He has the potential to be a 20 goal a season striker next season. His current goal ratio has him scoring every 135 minutes. If he maintains that at Premier League level, he’ll have a good season for us (25 over a season). Coming off the bench and smashing home three is a statement of intent, I will be FASCINATED to see if he starts ahead of Lacazette when the big games return.
There are rumours that Saka is being considered for a position higher up the pitch because of where he’s been practising in training sessions. I don’t know where he played yesterday, but one thing is for sure, the manager seems to love Kieran Tierney, who is fit and he seems to have a lot of joy for Saka. Can he map them into a single system? It’s possible… but it might feel like we’re wasting one of the best young left-backs in the world.
So teams today looked like:
First half: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Mustafi, Tierney, Guendouzi, AMN, Nelson, Ozil, Auba, Laca.
Second half: Martinez, Sokratis, Holding, Mari, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Xhaka, Pepe, Willock, Martinelli, Nketiah.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) June 6, 2020
I don’t think there’s much to take from either side, other than most players landed a runout, and most are fit.
That’s me done for today, enjoy your Sunday! x