The Gunners managed to lift the trophy yesterday, but it still wasn’t the most successful tournament, beating Benfica on Saturday was followed by defeat against Sevilla yesterday.
You could argue that Arsenal did leave their strongest team till the Sunday, with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette both in the starting eleven. Though this wasn’t enough, with the Spanish team coming out 2-1 winners. It wasn’t all bad news as our new signing did manage to get on the scoresheet.
Sevilla managed to win both of their games, but still didn’t lift the trophy due to each team getting a point for every goal they score as well as points depending on the results of their games, which meant that Arsenal and Sevilla both finished on nine points, but the North London club had scored more goals. The game yesterday was quite dull compared to the Gunners previous one, although we did see a goal from our new signing, he didn’t manage to find himself on the ball too often. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed in the left wingback position and was definitely the most impressive display by a considerable margin. Danny Welbeck did turn a few heads as well, but something can be said for his composure in the final third, something of which he’s severely lacking.
From the team that Arsene Wenger fielded yesterday, there’s not likely to be too many changes from the team he puts out on Sunday against Chelsea in the Community Shield. The only decision that will be troubling the Arsenal manager is whether Oxlade-Chamberlain warrants a start in the side and where he’d play. With Arsenal’s new signing Sead Kolasinac in the left wingback position and Hector Bellerin on the others side, it’s hard to see who he’d replace. With Kolasinac having an impressive first home appearance on Saturday, it’s more likely to be Bellerin who looked like he wasn’t fully back to his form pre Summer.
The manager will also have to think about who he plays up front, with Olivier Giroud starting the first game of the competition scoring one goal and looking promising throughout the whole game. Whereas Lacazette who did manage to get onto the score sheet still looked like he was trying to fit into the team and did play a few off balls throughout the ninety minutes. Wenger did say it would take a few months for the striker to blend into the team and I think we’re only starting to realise that now and that transfers can’t always have an instant impact. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the calibre of the player, even if we signed Mbappe I think we’d have to wait a few months for him to settle in.
If I had to choose the starting eleven for the match against Chelsea, I’d have to go for: Cech, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis (if he’s fit), Ozil, with Lacazette up top.