It might seem a bit churlish for me to question the value of this pre-season game for Arsenal, after eight goals and a clean sheet for the Gunners seems to be just what the doctor ordered as we get ever closer to the start of a crucial campaign, but I have to wonder whether a tougher test might have been better for the players in the long run.
Don’t get me wrong Gooners, there was a lot to be pleased about from this demolition of the Norwegian club Viking FK, with our super Spaniard running the show in his trademark style and scoring a great goal to add to his assists. We also saw two goals each from the impressive Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi, while Theo Walcott also broke his pre-season duck with a good finish.
All of this is good for the players’ confidence of course, while a clean sheet is always a bonus, but it was the lack of threat that our defenders had to deal with that most concerns me. No doubt Man City will provide a stronger examination of our back line on Sunday but I would have liked them to get a bit more preparation for it tonight.
What do you think Gooners, am I being too picky?