Details of today’s behind closed doors friendly against Aston Villa are thin on the ground right now, but here’s what we do know.
We lost 3-2, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for us.
Thanks for the run-out, @AVFCOfficial ?
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 5, 2020
Willian made his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt. Similarly, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe played some pre-season minutes for the first time.
Mesut Ozil made his first appearance since before the lockdown.
Dani Ceballos played, which means he hasn’t had to quarantine for 14 days. That also means that he will be available for selection for next weekend’s Premier League opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage – which is good news.
Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin both played – suggesting that potential departures are still some way from being completed, if they are to be completed at all.
Beyond that, we don’t know a great deal yet. There may be more on the official site later – but right now it’s time to massively overreact to a result that doesn’t mean anything in a game none of have seen.