Steven N’Zonzi’s superb goal gave Sevilla a 2-1 win at Arsenal in the Emirates Cup, but the hosts claimed the title regardless.
Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Elneny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Willock, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette
Sevilla: David Soria, Mercado, Pareja, Carriço, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Krohn-Dehli, Banega, Correa, Nolito, Ben Yedder
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a proven goalscorer over the years – well they appear to have finally gotten their man in Lacazette.
Arsene Wenger answered their prayers when the club forked out a club record purchase to sign the French superstar during the summer and he has already settled into his new surroundings. Even though he had a shaky start and misplaced a couple of passes, he was able to grow into the game and show his ability to link up effortlessly with his team mates.
Lacazette has been used on the wing so far by Arsene Wenger, but he finally got the chance to play through the middle and he showed his predatory instincts when he was in the right place to convert from close-range to net his first goal at Emirates Stadium. He was substituted later in the game as a result of an injury, hopefully its a minor one and nothing to worry about, otherwise these might derail Arsenal’s preparation for the season.
Last season proved to be a nightmare for Hector Bellerin following injury and a loss of form.
The Spanish full-back who came under attack from his own fans following the heavy defeat against Crystal Palace also had to endure months of speculation surrounding his future as he was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona.
But Bellerin has returned with a major point to prove and seemed to relish playing in a right wing-back position. He was taken off at half-time following his late return to training but could be a key part of Arsene Wenger’s new look back-line. It will be interesting to find out who will nail the right wing back position between him and Chamberlain, as the later had an outstanding game and his effort was crowned with an assist.
Arsene Wenger took the bold move to end last season playing with three at the back and he looks set to keep faith with his new system.
The Gunners boss employed the same system during both games of the Emirates Cup and even though Laurent Koscielny was the only recognised defender to play at the back against Sevilla, Wenger showed he is not willing to change as the big season approaches.
Having one or two additions to the current squad will do a lot of good for the team, especially in the CM position and the creative department, this will make the team real contenders. Hopefully, the club can seal Lemar or Mahrez deal before the season begins.
Mohamed Elneny was asked to play out of position, while Nacho Monreal looked uncomfortable playing on the left hand side of the three and it showed as Sevilla were gifted two goals.
This is a big season for the Danny Welbeck. With the World Cup taking place next summer, Welbeck knows he needs to be playing on a regular basis if he is to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The talented forward was forced to miss the majority of last season with a knee injury, but he is now back to full fitness and was impressive playing just behind Lacazette.
The former Manchester United star faces a battle to get into the side, but with uncertainty surrounding the future of Alexis Sanches, he could get his chance to shine at the start of the season.
The one man who is clearly benefiting from Wenger’s change of system is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.