Yes, it was only a friendly, but all augurs well for the season ahead for Arsenal after the 1-0 defeat of Chelsea in the Community Shield.
That's not to say that Arsenal looked invincible. Far from it. However, with Petr Cech in goal it was no big surprise that the Gunners kept a clean sheet.
Cech's quiet assurance was a welcome relief from some of the manic keeping that Arsenal fans have had to endure over the years, post-Lehmann.
No matter what was going on in front of him, Cech always appeared confident and unfussed. He seemed to enjoy every moment of the game against his ex-employees.
What made the victory all the more sweet for Arsenal fans was to win it without Alexis Sanchez, arguably their best player.
In the end, Arsenal were only marginally the better side but, with Cech in goal, that may be enough.
That's why I'm predicting a tight league championship ahead with Arsenal eventually emerging as winners by the narrowest of margins: a bit like yesterday.
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