Big trouble in China as under-cooked Arsenal toil against Chelsea

Pre-season friendly or not, I don’t think anyone who watched Saturday’s clash with Chelsea can be anything but underwhelmed by Arsenal’s general performance. There were plenty of signs in the Bayern Munich match, which preceded the fixture against Chelsea, that we were a little disorganised, leggy, and generally underwhelming as a team. Against the Germans,…

Young Gunners to the fore as Arsenal ease past Sydney FC in pre-season opener

Arsenal kicked-off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable, if somewhat profligate, victory over Australian champions Sydney FC on Thursday. To be fair to the Gunners, as profligate as they were, it was a very eye-catching performance going forward, with plenty of movement, invention and incisive running from those given playing time. A few missed chances…