A wise man once said…
‘You CAN read into preseason when it’s one game out from the start of the season’
… and I believed him.
Arsenal ripped Sevilla apart in an outrageous afternoon of elite football.
Calling us City Lite last season felt like a sleight; this season, I think it’s going to be a warning.
We pressed like monsters. We were setting traps to get the ball back. Everyone knew their job and there were NO passengers.
Our defence looks fabulous, Saliba played like the VVD Regen we’ve been dreaming of, we didn’t miss Tomi or Tierney, there were no weaknesses.
Thomas Partey was absolute silk in the middle of the park, he was at ease on the ball, he pinned the midfield on his own, and he had a stunning flair about his game.
Have you been whinging about Granit Xhaka? How many assists does he have to get before you realise he’s the best midfielder in world football right now? Ok, I took it too far, but he has been in great form.
CAPTAIN ODEGAARD. Perfection, the kid is a leader, he’s a role model, forget about my daughter, I WOULD MARRY HIM. I just love his intensity, he’s playing like a man on a mission, it is a delight.
The front three were electric. Bukayo is BACK. Top class all the way. Martinelli is clearly LOVING his Brazilian pal to play with, his diagonal cross was outrageous.
GABRIEL JESUS! As Benny Devito said in the comments of The Arsenal Opinion Podcast. He IS the resurrection of Arsenal.
What a talent. Forgive me father for my blasphemy about his height, I AM A SINNER, punish me with goals. SO MANY GOALS.
Then to cap a wonderful day off… a moment that said it all about CULTURE. Granit released Martinelli through the middle, the Brazilian could have gone solo, instead, he put his mate EDDIE KRUEGER in for a tap in. That’s when you know the squad like each other.
So where are we?
Our squad looks fit and cooked to the perfect temperature.
Everyone knows their role.
The squad is VERY strong.
We are scoring goals for fun.
I’m telling you, this season will have ups and downs, but keep focused because we are going to be a problem this season.
Everyone can play the ball out the back.
Everyone is press resistant.
Everyone has a fighting spirit.
Now we have goals.
We’re on a very exciting journey this season. Let’s enjoy it. Let’s not catastrophise bad results. Let’s buckle in. The hope is underpinned by truth this season.
I CANNOT WAIT.
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