It may have only been the second game of pre-season for Arsenal and although there was a piece of silverware on offer, you would say that this final against Everton was more about preparation for the serious business to come, it was very good to see the Gunners put on a very good performance.
Arsene Wenger started with a strong Arsenal line up and we looked sharp right from the start, dominating possession and creating some good chances both before and after the opening goal. That came after 22 minutes, with the excellent Theo Walcott making a great run and latching onto a long raking ball from deep in our own half by Santi Cazorla.
The hot and humid conditions were never going to make life easy but we handled them better by making the ball doing the wortk by using some real class on the ball and with our movement and decision making. Another very impressive thing about the game is the way Arsenal operated as a team, with players filling in and covering for each other when needed and there always being an option for the man on the ball.
Very good goals from Cazorla and Ozil in the second half secured the result and the only negative was not keeping a clean sheet, as Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught on the ball and Barkley gave Cech no chance. But all the Gunners played well and there is plenty of reason for us fans to look forward to a great season.