Arsenal completed their preseason tour of the United States of America with a 3 – 1 victory over Mexican side Chivas. Goals from new signing Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom sealed the victory.
Watching the match for us as usual was Eweobaja Olumuyiwa (@Folumuyiwa_1), and here are the five things he learnt.
Rob Holding looks too good for his age
New boy, Rob Holding gave another composed display in the heart of the Arsenal defence. Playing alongside Calum Chambers in what could be Arsenal’s defence in the next few years, Holding looked like he could solve the club’s defensive problem even if an experienced defender isn’t brought in. To cap an impressive display, he got his first goal for the club after Calum Chambers had headed a Santi Cazorla’s free kick across goal.
Francis Coquelin was a revelation two seasons ago as he did his defensive job quite well. This even made Henry declare no one could do a better job than The Coq and I think this has gotten into his head with the way he was diving into tackles. If this were to be a league match, and Coquelin was making tackles that way, it’ll cost the team as there is the possibility of him being sent off. Wenger will do well to talk some senses into him.
Has Debuchy forgotten how to play?
Mathieu Debuchy was a fine footballer before he had an encounter with that ‘murderer’ from Stoke City and it seems after recovering, he has forgotten the proper way to play football. Judging by his displays in the last two preseason games, he might even fall below Calum Chambers for that right back position. A positive side to his display however was the assist for Chuba Akpom’s third goal. I won’t be surprised if he is sold this summer.
Akpom really wants to play
Chuba Akpom after the game against the MLS XI said he wants to use the preseason tour to make a case for himself that he deserves a first team chance. Judging by the way he took his goal, I think he is doing just that. With Theo Walcott short of confidence at the moment, Akpom might be getting the nod if he continues this way. But then, it is just a preseason match.
Granit Xhaka is a fine footballer. Almost everyone will agree to that except for some English journalists who believe their half-baked players are better. His ball distribution was fantastic; his tackling was spot on and everything he did was just perfect. As a matter of fact, I can’t wait to see the Swiss international in a competitive match. He is that good and I am glad he chose to join is.