Now that Arsenal have made one signing and changed the manager, perhaps it’s time for Gooners to get excited about the pre-season. It all kicks off against Boreham Wood.
Four years ago on 20th July 2014, I wrote an article entitled: Lessons from Boreham Wood. I remember being impressed by a relative-unknown called Hector Bellerin. The article is below:
‘How much could we learn from a friendly? Well, thanks to the Twittersphere, I was reliably informed that Debuchy was still on holiday after his World Cup exertions. Doh! I should have realised that the World Cup participants would be late back for training after a much-needed rest.
‘Aside from that, not very much was learned, unfortunately. The game was tepid. The pace was non-existent especially in the first half.
‘I was hoping Sanogo would score. I thought it would boost his self-confidence. He definitely adds something to our attack, but he needs to add goals to his game. His finishing was poor, although I took solace in the fact he was getting into the right positions. However, he doesn’t look fit. No surprises, maybe. However, where was the motivation? Sanogo has a chance to really make it this season, but he didn’t look bothered.
‘Lots of people don’t pay attention to friendlies, but I remember thinking Fabianski was a poor signing after a shaky display against Barnet. He didn’t exactly become a legend, did he?
‘Apart from my comments about Sanogo, there’s not much to say. Ramsey was dominant and impressive, and I still feel Bellerin is the youngster most likely to make it, although Ollson may give him a run for his money.
‘So a 2-0 win and food for thought as we head to New York to take on Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls.’
Perhaps with a new manager at the helm, the Arsenal XI that take the field will have more about them than they did that day, particularly if Wenger’s successor is in attendance.
After that, the first team head to Singapore for a game against Atletico Madrid and then Emery’s old team, PSG.
Finally, it’s off to Solna, near Stockholm to take on Chelsea.
Although, it’s a less hectic schedule than Man U’s, Arsenal will still clock up a fair amount of air miles. However, with so few players involved in the World Cup finals, Arsenal will hope to get next season off to a flier!