Arsenal started their pre-season tour with a 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids as a youthful line-up featuring Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and new Brazilian signing, Gabriel Martinelli performed well.
With a restricted transfer budget, Arsenal may need to lean on their Academy graduates for the upcoming season. Unai Emery hinted that this was a good platform for them to stake their claim for a place in the first team.
Speaking at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, he said: “We are working very well here in Los Angeles and the first match was good to use different young players, to give them chances to show their quality, commitment to work and to be with the idea to help the team.”
When asked about new signing, Martinelli, Emery preferred to focus on the broader impact of the team.
“Our idea is to give every young player chances to be with us, first in the training ground and after playing matches like today. The idea is to give them more chances in other matches. They will win the possibility to be with us with their performances.”
This pre-season is also Emery’s first where he’s joined by new Sporting Director, Edu – someone who played under him for a year at Valencia.
“He (Edu) has experience. He knows Arsenal. He’s a very good worker for us in this sporting director job. Raul, Vinai and I were trying to find the best person who can help us with experience and also with knowing this club. It’s Edu. For me he’s the perfect man to do that,” said Emery.
We can only hope that it’s all positives from here as Arsenal need all the help they can get this pre-season.