Arsenal played their final pre-season game last night in the Camp Nou in Barcelona, and they did not play too badly considering the opposition and only got beaten by an excellent finish from Luis Suarez in the last minute, although he was left with too much space in the middle of the box. We could have done even better though if Maitland-Niles hadn’t gifted Barca the equalizer after Aubameyang scored a screamer to put us ahead.
It was a defeat, but Emery was quite pleased and was more worried about getting minutes in action rather than the result, esecially as there was no Laca, Pepe or Iwobi in the squad, and Torreira is only just approaching fitness. The Boss said after the game: “….I am really happy with our work, with our performance. The next week we are going to start the Premier League against Newcastle and the result is going to be important. But not today. We want to create a winning mentality but the first today was to work with all the players, to start thinking how we can be better for the first match against Newcastle. We have some injuries but that is normal for every team. We played a good match here, away here in Barcelona against a good team, where every match is difficult. We had some mistakes, but it is up to us to improve that.”
Well you can see how we got in with this excellent highlights video produced by Barcelona themselves.