Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids gave Arsenal fans a glimpse of an exciting future as Academy graduates James Olayinka and Bukaya Saka and new signing Gabriel Martinelli all got on the scoresheet.
After the game, it was the future of an experienced head that was put under the microscope as journalists finally got a chance to quiz Unai Emery on the absence of club captain Laurent Koscielny.
The Frenchman informed the club on the eve of the US tour that he would not be joining and question marks remain over the next step for both parties.
When asked about the status of the issue, Emery told his post-game press conference: “Now it is a matter for the club and for the player. The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation.
“I cannot say more than that. I spoke with him before he came here and he decided to stay there.”
In any outcome where Koscielny is denied a move, Koscielny will presumably need to be reintegrated. It’s not something Emery is contemplating at the moment.
He added: “Really I cannot say more about that. For me now it’s clear we need to keep moving ahead. We’re here with the players who have the spirit to create the new way. Laurent Koscielny for me, now, I’m waiting on his decision with the club.”
The comments do not look good in regards to the captain’s involvement for the rest of the season and a move away does seem likely. Whether further new arrivals pitch up at the Emirates before the new season gets going remains to be seen.
“The club is working [on transfers],” said Emery. “We are speaking every day with the club and Edu. I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.
“We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.”
The clock is ticking.