Arsenal beat Crawley Town 9-0 in behind-closed-doors friendly

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Arsenal have stepped up their pre-season preparations with a 9-0 win over Crawley Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney.

The match, which was not advertised, saw Unai Emery field a strong line-up against Harry Kewell’s League Two outfit.

The Gunners weren’t due to play until they face Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain in Singapore next week, so we can only assume that it was a late addition to the schedule.

Bernd Leno made his first appearance for the club since moving from Bayer Leverkusen and Matteo Guendouzi, who made his debut off the bench against Boreham Wood on Saturday, also got a run-out.

From what we can tell, the following players also got minutes: Petr Cech, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Aaron Ramsey, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez, Sokratis, Hector Bellerin, Emile Smith Rowe, Emiliano Martinez, Alex Lacazette, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers.

According to our youth correspondent, Jeorge Bird, the Arsenal goalscorers were: Lucas Perez (2), Alexandre Lacazette (2), Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, The Jeff, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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goongot
goongot

It’s coming home.

Maniac
Maniac

The whole “it’s coming home” business was cringeworthy enough during the World Cup and I was really hoping we’d be done with it for at least 2 years. It irritates me like mad, and I know the sentiment is the same for a lot of people. The implication of entitlement, like football owes you something, is beyond annoying. We’ve had to put up with United and Liverpool spouting this garbage for years and I’d really prefer we weren’t lumped in with their lot. Satire or not, it is really irritating and the sooner it stops, the better. Let’s actually get a few decent results under our belts and maybe take the hype train off full steam ahead, at least for the time being?

Yagaru
Yagaru

It’s coming home

GunnerRobin
GunnerRobin

It’s coming…

fln
fln

Here where you’re coming from, but just in case – I do know it’s cause football was started here?

Yeah I hope it doesn’t stick around too long

fln
fln

*hear

Tapps

Join the discussion…You’re a little ray of sunshine, aren’t you?

Goongot's Mom
Goongot's Mom

The only one coming home is you!

Michael Young
Michael Young

It was a terrifying clown that lived in storm water drains and ate children. It can stay down there! I don’t want that fucker coming anywhere near my place.

Rich
Rich

Can’t wait to see how we line up against City? I think the more high profile friendlies will give us a better idea, but right now I don’t have the slightest idea apart from I expect we’ll start with a back 4.
Hopefully it’s a fresh start for everyone with no pet favourites.

Pete
Pete

I think that we are going to tear City a new one! It’s in part that our first team is awesome, but also in part that we are fresh and hungry, and City won’t have most of their first team.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Gah, why would you say this?
Talk about super jinx.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Everyone knows the rules of football jinxing; outwardly play down your chances but internally scream “we’ll f*cking do them”.

GOOOOOOOONNNNNNAAAAAAAA
GOOOOOOOONNNNNNAAAAAAAA

City have almost their entire regular starters coming back late because of their involvement in the world cup, Chelsea seem to be in a mess appointing someone so late and all the late changes happening to the squad (not to mention their managers Pochetino 2.0 – he hasn’t won f*** all). Mourinho today said their preseason is really bad and he’s getting the excuses in already, and apparently Sanchez won’t join them for preseason because his visa got rejected LOL!!! Spurs are shite and always will be so I don’t, never did, and never will consider them title contenders. To be fair Liverpool have most of their players, and have strengthened well. It looks like the deal for Allisson has been finalized. Signing him, Van Dijk and Fabinho are great additions to strengthen that spine which has been their achilles heal (just like us) but I don’t know why, I’m never convinced by them.

Having considered all of the above I genuinely believe we have the opportunity to start the season strongly which could put us in good stead to gain momentum and who knows from there? Im not deluded enough to say I think we’ll win the premiere league, but I do think theres a lot to come from some of the players we had last season and I feel due to the imbalanced squad we’ve had, as a team we’ve significantly underachieved. Having addressed that (to a certain extent) I genuinely believe this squad has the potential to surprise us this year.

I think our forwards are top top top class, but they haven’t been able to reach their potential because they’ve been let down by our weak spine and defence. Its Unai’s first season, we can’t realistically demand anything more than a top 4 finish – anything more than that should be considered a bonus.

After years of our fan base being divided, with the relationship between the fans and club being so negative, I really urge all my fellow Gooners to fully get behind this team till the end of the season NO MATTER WHAT. This team won’t achieve anything with the toxic atmosphere we’ve had in Wenger’s later years and I really get jealous when I see how certain teams like Liverpool get an extra edge from the atmosphere their supporters create. Its about time we turned Emirates into a fortress.

Onwards and upwards, COYG!!!

Ome
Ome

People may think I’ve gone nuts but am having a bet on arsenal doing a double this season. ..
COYG

Tony
Tony

Right on

Bobo_Flo
Bobo_Flo

It’s quite refreshing to see Arsenal thrash a team without me even knowing they were playing. The last time that happened I was aged 6.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Anybody else getting a breast enlargement advert on here? Not that I’m complaining

H18ury
H18ury

Nah. Hair transplant. Not as much fun…

Miguel G
Miguel G

Curious. I get ads for hair transplants in breast implants.

Ben

Same. Hair transplant…. One of the diagrams looks suspiciously like Zinedine Zidane…

Savage
Savage

I get ads related to my recent internet browsing habits. I guess you do too…

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

I get ads related to the wishes I place on shooting stars. What are you doing wrong?

Carlosthegooner
Carlosthegooner

Blokes in army gear with hands clenched into fists. I think it’s a trailer for a Village People tour..

Gazzapell
Gazzapell

Mine was for kfc so I guess we are both thinking about getting our mouths around a large breast!

Yagaru
Yagaru

I get ads about penis length reduction for men who are too big.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

You might have reverse-search cookies, they often find ads for the opposite of what you’ve bene searching.

Yagaru
Yagaru

😂

Jack4343
Jack4343

Friendly or unfriendly…I like clean sheets.

Big Dave
Big Dave

Be interesting to see whether Perez stays now the Ox and Walcott have gone…… As wingers go I’d rather keep him than Welbeck.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Yeah, his passing and movement was really good that season he was here. Could be his way in.

Hani
Hani

I have the least of ideas as of why arsene didnt use him.. heard that he was a dependant with his left too much.. sad ..if thats the case

Hantal
Hantal

It was the same with Podolski, similar players too

Mpls
Mpls

It’d be interesting to see if Emery wants to play with a real lefty on the left. Talk about a novel idea. I mean, sure Ozil’s left footed and lined up there a few times, but he goes where he goes.

Onenil
Onenil

8-0 Boreham Wood, then 9-0 Crawley. At this rate of progress (following the inevitable massacre of Atletico and PSG) I fully expect 15-0 against Man City on the opening day.

Rob 1
Rob 1

I said exactly thatbto.a.friend eailer…great minds.
#Ramboforthearmband

Hani
Hani

Please .. dont eat chicken with a gulp thinking you would do the same with ostrich

American Gooner
American Gooner

Greatly appreciate Emery giving everyone another look before he pairs down the squad for the “serious” friendlies. Never sad to see more goals.

Chris
Chris

Jenkinson!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Atletico and PSG watch out! This is the team who defeated Crawley and Boreham Wood with ease.

Pete
Pete

Well PSG probably won’t have Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani and the rest of its World Cup players. Similarly, we probably won’t see Atletico’s WC players… And Godin is virtually three defenders!

Hantal
Hantal

Seems odd that Leno, Cech and Martinez got minutes. A half each seems the minimum requirement to see them in action

Then again, it’s entirely possible this wasn’t a 90 minute game

Gunner23
Gunner23

30 Minutes each….Maybe???

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Why is that the minimum requirement?

Mpls
Mpls

Because standing there doing nothing for 30 minutes isn’t enough to tell you anything. They have to stand there doing nothing for at least 45 to get a real measure.

Daniel
Daniel

Apparently this game was 90 minutes but played in thirds so I guess they played a third each

Gunner23
Gunner23

Sad that We can’t see a highlights video.

Ben

Mysterious! I like it!

Billybatts
Billybatts

Joking apart, what’s the value of these games? Smash some part timers 9-0? Waste of time, there’s more football value in playing the reserves. If they need to get fit, at the very least play Championship sides. Or is this all a bullshit PR exercise? “Look how ready we are! 9-0!” Surely no-one is buying that?

Maniac
Maniac

Emery is clearly trying to figure out his team. Sure, the scoreline doesn’t count for much, but seeing the players in a match against professional opposition will be invaluable to picking the starting XI come match day 1.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Billy batts? More like Billy No-Mates with that kind of stinking attitude.

Mpls
Mpls

Probably does more good than scrimmages against the same guys you scrimmage against every day in training.

Tapps

It was behind closed doors. It had no press coverage. It isn’t featured on the official website. How on earth can you construe this as the club saying “Look how ready we are! 9-0!” Perhaps – and this is a bit left-field – it’s just a new manager keeping his players match fitness up, and testing positions and capabilities. Nobody puts any seriousness into the scoreline, but surely a bit of happiness that we scored nine is permitted?

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Lucas Perez possible resurrection?

santori
santori

Good to see the strikers – Perez, Auba and Laca scoring.

Also the Jeff. He’s an interesting one cos you feel its hard to discern his best position.

The task now for Emery is to test the defensive side of the game. We will soon get a better test in Singapore.

santori
santori

Both Nketiah and Nelson look strong this season. So hard to choose between the two.

Mann
Mann

Its coming footballs coming home

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

I wonder if the club are going to say anything about this — or whether Jorge has further details? As has already been remarked, 3 goalkeepers in 90 minutes seems unusual, did Cech really need to play?

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Sorry, _Jeorge_!

Dan
Dan

I only liked the world cup because I got to drink loads of beer and sniff loads of gear 👌