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A Review of Arsenal’s Pre-Season So Far

As Arsenal kicked off their pre-season preparations with two comfortable victories in the Far East, Gunner333 gives us a brief overview of the two games.

As Arsenal kicked off their pre-season preparations with two comfortable victories in the Far East, Gunner333 gives us a brief overview of the two games and some early observations.

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It is not every year that Arsenal are being tipped as the dark horse in the unpredictable rollercoaster that is the Premier League title race, however with the majority of bigger clubs changing manager there is a sense of hope surrounding the Gunners this season.

One particularly useful indicator of a clubs chances in the next campaign is pre-season and so far at least this has been rather convincing for us. Here I will look at the good points I’ve seen in our games against Vietnam and Indonesian All Star XI.

14th July – Indonesian All Stars 0-7 Arsenal

With a fairly strong eleven named for this clash, many expected an easy Arsenal win, but few would have predicted a hammering of this magnitude. We started off well with Theo slotting home Ox’s pull-back, making it 1-0 at the break. Chuba Akpom, a player many Gooners may not have heard of before, then added a second. Our dominant footballing style and superior fitness was then clear for all to see when we added five goals in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Giroud got a brace and Podolski, Eisfeld and Olsson got the other three. If there is one thing we can learn from this game it is that, although we were up against poor opposition, our younger players can perform and hopefully we’ll see some of them get some game time in the cups next year.

17th July – Vietnam 1-7 Arsenal

After that impressive display against Indonesia some pessimistic Arsenal fans may have thought we would have lacked the fitness to continue the form we showed. But what we saw was completely the opposite. We were once again rampant with Giroud improving on his previous two to grab a first-half  hat trick. Oxlade Chamberlain, Podolski, Miquel and two more goals from Akpom secured another comfortable victory.

Despite conceding late on this result along with the previous one should give us some much-needed confidence that a positive season could lay ahead. I personally would like to see Akpom given a chance in the first team squad next year. From what I’ve seen of him he’s a huge talent and one that could blossom if given the opportunity.

Giroud seems to be responding well to the threat of increased competition up front with all the rumours of a new world class striker coming to the club this summer. I think we’re going to see the Frenchman move up a gear next season and improve on a solid debut year in England.

We now have two more games remaining in our Asia tour before we play both Napoli and Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup. Hopefully we’ll have some new signings by then but for now lets continue our impressive early-season form and keep the momentum up heading into the new campaign.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below!



  1. arsenal-steve

    July 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I”ve been watching Arsenal since 1958. I have spent a lot of money watching them and I have got much pleasure watching many quality teams evolve. I am shocked though by the the lack communication between Arsene Wenger and supporters. It borders on disrespect from Wenger. Supporting Arsenal nowadays is stressful and Wenger seems to delight in teasing his own supporters. To reach a stage when the start if the season is close by and most clubs have refreshed their teams, but not our beloved Arsenal, is a disgrace and mismanagement. Both Gazidis and Wenger are on tour in Asia when they should be chasing top class players. They are on a corporate money making trip, seducing Asian fans, when they should be buying stars for the fans at home, who pay good money to watch the team, and effectively pay Wenger’s wages. I don’t know what has happened to the club I have watched since 1958 but it is not good.

  2. musa suleiman

    July 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    that’s wat u say every season we need improvement in players comitment n also additional quality players if we do this then sky wil be our limit God help us Ameen!!

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  4. Jackson Tumukunde

    July 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    It seems to be so cheap and un sounding for Arsene wenger to believe in supporters. The fact is we as Arsenal suppoters,we no impact before Mr Wenger thats why we can cry for more and good players but He gives us dump ears. The only thing we can do is to surrender everything to God may be one time, We shall have back our Former Arsenal!!

  5. Abdul Wahab Muhammad Kannde

    July 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

    The latest news about Arsenal is just as interesting as the last two seasons! Arsenal’s policy of selling out quality players and making money at expence of trophies is what needs to change. The time has changed and Wenger needs to kow-tow with the latest developments.

  6. Akodup

    July 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Its high time the fans start witnessing good sighnings at emirate, the managemet of arsenal fc should stop satisfying their personal aggradisement but rather focus on things that will promote the development of the club

  7. Steve.

    July 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    When the transfer window opens,it’s like reading a book over and over again,we all know what’s coming,the next thing we will read is,Wenger says
    Diaby is back in full training,it’s just like a new signing,and there aren’t many many quality players about,all he will do is buy four or five young kids that might make it in five years time,and what he doesn’t spend from the £70 mill:transfer chest will,come in handy for the “DIRECTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ANNUAL SHAREOUT”.
    If this does happen,and i’m sure it will
    I think what us Arsenal Supporters should do,is “BOYCOTT ALL THE HOME GAMES”until the next transfer window opens,hit em where it hurts most,let them play in a half full stadium,and if things don’t change,carry on until it does. “WENGER OUT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE”.

    • Adewoyin Adedayo

      July 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Wenger will never change, i think its time supporters started boycotin all our home matches may be by then, they wil take fans nd supporters seriously.

  8. mohamedaziz

    July 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    ill wait and see.playing pussy cat teams in far east is ajoke for taste of strength.come pg we will look easy targets for the likes of chl.manu man cty,giruod always scores against easy teams in pl not in mancty chl,or manu

  9. mungonya robert

    July 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    i believe arsenal has younger players,but that can’t help us because we have been watching arsenal with younger players which have contributed nothing for 8 yrs.its high tym 4 wenger to sign professional players where younger players will be playing a side

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