Sydney FC vs Arsenal Club Friendly

Henrietta Brewer
July 15, 2017

68 minutes and we had a mass change as Arsene Wenger switched nearly the whole squad bringing on Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Donyell Malen, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Eddie Nketiah.

Alex Iwobi has admitted that he is working hard to be fit and ready for the new season, but where is he supposed to fit in our first XI?

However, Welbeck has impressed whenever called upon and enjoyed a short run in the team towards the end of last season.

Giroud only started in 11 of his 29 Premier league appearances for Arsenal last season
Giroud only started in 11 of his 29 Premier league appearances for Arsenal last season

But after revealing his intention to tinker with different systems during pre-season, the manner in which the French manager sets up for Thursday night's clash with Sydney FC will be instructive. Nelson may not be quite ready for a regular first-team role, but he's not far away.

"I thought I made a bit of an impact and I could've have done a few bits here and there a little bit better but overall it was good".

"It's been five years that I've been here".

"We're not there just to make up the numbers or have a kick-about with these great players". The 28-year-old is expected to feature when the Gunners take on Bayern Munich on 19 July in Shanghai and Chelsea on 22 July in Beijing. Consistency is the key with me.

Speaking to Metro, Iwobi said, "As you can see he will add goals to the team and bring good link-up play". A shame, then, that Arsenal played in their new, admittedly sleek, third strip of black and grey. When I first went they treated me like royalty.

"Obviously, there will be more competition. but it's always nice for a striker to feel the pressure and I always deal with it". It's a big thing there.

Despite the respect my players have for the visitors, as their coach I know they will approach this match with fearlessness and determination. Playing as a wing-back, his pace caused problems for Sydney's defenders throughout, and he showed surprisingly good technique when making raids forward.

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