Billionaire me bought Arsenal and turned the club around. They say dreams come true, let’s see.
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The game against Fiorentina saw Arsenal’s young prodigies shine yet again. The likes of Nketiah and Willock gave us hope about the future of the club, assuming we keep them.
Both youngsters scored goals, and it makes you wonder how Unai Emery’s going to play the forward line this season.
It also gives him a headache about who to give a chance. We know the regulars will be Aubameyang and Lacazette, but then there’s Nketiah, Smith-Rowe and the new boy Gabriel Martinelli. A good kind of headache to have if I do say so myself.
See the highlights courtesy of Highlightsfootball.com.
Calum Chambers and Jenko didn’t do badly as well, and with no end in sight to the Laurent Koscielny problem, I think it’s best we keep Chambers for now. Or at least, until Saliba arrives.
Remember when I said earlier that Nketiah, Smith Rowe and Martinelli are good headaches to have? Now, here’s a bad headache to have:
Shkodran Mustafi Again.
And no, I’m not picking on him. He just made some mistakes even the commentator couldn’t overlook. Twice in 13 minutes he left his position in the three-man defence setup and was caught out of position.
Let that sink in. Twice in 13 minutes.
Here’s an illustration of the second time he was caught out. Praise God for Emiliano Martinez and Sead Kolasinac who, by the way, played pretty good as well.
*Arsenal players in red and Fiorentina players in blue*
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The Fiorentina player completely skins Mustafi. You can see how Nacho is in position and Kolasinac has tracked back, but Mustafi goes on a frolic of his won. He might have fancied himself a midfielder there, you know, a Torreira-esque player.
We’ll have to make do with him for now but, I think Chambers should have as many and if not more opportunities than Mustafi this season. Chambers is still young and teachable, but I fear Mustafi is set in his ways.