The Youth Take the Summer
As expected in the previous post, the youth have lit up the discussion following Arsenal’s summer tour friendlies against Western Sydney Wanderers, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea.
Reiss Nelson came out with the most plaudits, with composed and confident performances. He’s displaced other youth players who were supposed to be closing in on the first team! This most notably includes Chris Willock, who’s younger and larger brother, Joe Willock, worked hard to get himself into the box for some decent attempts on goal.
Cohen Bramall appears to be a great value. He may even break into the side as injuries take their toll this season, especially with the pending departures of Debuchy and Jenkinson from the right-back role. This is a surprise considering the unconventional story of his signing. In the first match, he showed quick thinking and creative defending in tense scenarios and an instinct to get forward. This is paired with his physical ability to back it up!
I would’ve liked to see a bit more sharpness from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. I realize that they are playing at half-pace, but they could have each had a hat-trick in each of the first matches! With the growing competition for places at the top of our lineup, they’ll need to step up their finishing.
It was nice to see Lacazette net one in Sydney after some exciting work from Iwobi to set him up for a quick redirection. There was also a bit of a French connection on his assist for the classy Giroud finish. I have not had enough of Giroud, and really hoping that he stays at the club! His celebrations, or lake thereof, were slightly concerning.
Kolasinac took some heat after the match in China, but he looks strong and attack-minded. He fit well into the squad from the left-back role, setting up plays and through-balls much like Nacho Monreal would! He’s definitely a different body-type than what we’re used to seeing, but some strength in the back never hurt a side!
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