Brentford may have beaten us 2-0 on the opening day of the season but Arsenal have already wrestled back control of the bragging rights with a thumping 4-0 win over the Bees in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney.
Sure we may have conceded five goals at Manchester City on Saturday but when you take into account the six we banged in at West Brom, we’re running at a 10-5 aggregate score for the last 10 days; a clear sign that we’re on our way up.
Gabriel and Alex Lacazette put us ahead after the break before Cedric Soares, playing as a left wing-back, nabbed a late brace. In case any sporting directors from Turkey are reading, the Arsenal website says the Portuguese ‘stole the show’.
Mikel Arteta used the friendly to give minutes to players who’ve been sidelined in recent weeks. Ben White returned from his bout of Covid and Gabriel added 69 minutes to the half of football he played for the under-23s last week.
Aaron Ramsdale started in goal, Mo Elneny partnered Ainsley Maitland-Niles in midfield – good to see the latter is out of his own solitary confinement – while Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe also got run outs. Young prospects Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson also featured off the bench.
Arsenal don’t play in the league until 11 September so we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another friendly scheduled for the weekend. Here’s hoping we can extend our unbeaten run…