Well I don’t think any Arsenal fans will be complaining about Unai Emery’s first ever game in charge of our club as the Gunners ran out 8-0 winners in the friendly at Boreham Wood.
Our superfit players went on the pitch with intent and Aubameyang fired us into a 3-0 lead after just 16 minutes and 7 seconds, and we were 5-0 up through added goals by Reiss Nelson and Lacazette.
Emery put on a completely different XI for the second half with Perez and Nketiah leading the attack, and within 8 minutes the promising starlet made it six and with 20 minutes to go it was Jeff that hit the seventh.
Five minutes later Reine-Adelaide made way for a cameo performance from our newest arrival Matteo Guendouzi and there was just enough time to see a great backheel assist from Nketiah which found Mkhitaryan who slotted it home and made a big fat eight!
It was a good omen that it was Aubameyang signalled his intent to impress with his early hat-trick, and especially his brilliant opener, but after the game he was preferred to praise the manager and the team-work. Hesaid: ‘I’m really happy. It was important to work with the team. We had some great work in the first half. I’m really happy everybody played well so that’s good.
‘That’s the plan – everybody tries to do good pressing. The coach has done really well during this first two weeks, we are working really hard and trying to improve every day.”
Arsenal can still only improve and we can only look forward to similar fast starts when we hit the pre-season games in Sigapore next week….
Onwards and Upwards!