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What we learned from Arsenal's pre-season following their Community Shield win

Monday 7th August 2017
It's always hard to gauge a team's capabilities from their pre-season performances. It's a time where managers experiment with new players and formations for the upcoming campaigns. For Arsenal, Wenger has maintained his 3-4-3 system from last year, looking to tweak it with new signings.

After topping off a long intercontinental pre-season campaign with a win over the Premier League Champions Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsenal's season starts on Friday at home to Leicester City.

Here are 3 notable antidotes from Arsenal's successful pre-season.

Reiss Nelson is a star

Whenever you hear Arsène Wenger go out of his way to talk about a youngster, you know the kid's special. Many may not have heard of the 17-year old last year but he's now the name on every Arsenal fan's lips. The winger is explosive, tricky, agile and clever on the ball, traits that Arsène Wenger is highly fond of.

What's most impressive about the youngster is not the fact that he can do every skill in the book, it's the composure he displays to make the right decision after completing that skill. His decision-making is that of a veteran Ryan Giggs and his audacious ball skills are that of a young Cristiano Ronaldo. The youngster has also proven he's versatile and willing to work hard for the benefit of the team.

Sead Kolašinac is versatile

When the Bosnian was first announced, many assumed he'd be a direct replacement for the outgoing Kieran Gibbs. He was seen as an LWB to compete with Nacho Monreal, perhaps pushing the Spaniard to LCB. Instead, it was the former Schalke man that found himself at LCB, forming a back three with Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding.

The Bosnian looked at home in a back three, the safeguard of having other defenders cover him facilitated his lack of pace. But his robust tackling and dominance in the air helped the defensive line progress higher up the pitch. Later on, at the Emirates Cup, Kolašinac showed what he could do in the LWB role by assisting 3 goals in Arsenal's 5-2 victory over Benfica.

Overall, Kolašinac looks like a solid acquisition that could fill in at many roles in the 3-4-3 system. He's strong, powerful, has a lethal left foot and very combative in duels, something Arsenal have missed over the past few seasons.

Alexandre Lacazette's movement is world class

Many looked at the 5'7 frame of the Frenchman and instantly wrote off his suitability for the English Premier League. We all know the PL is the most physical league in the world but as a striker, if you can excel in other areas, there's hope. For Lacazette, his movement is second to none. The 26-year old is constantly looking to attack the 6-yard box to get on the end of crosses, he also drops back sometimes to anticipate the pullback.

The Frenchman has shown us enough that he'll be a perfect fit for Wengerball. With Arsenal's new 3-4-3 system, the focus is on width, and creating chances from wide areas. Such an approach provides Lacazette with enough service, the system also allows Mesut Özil to drift centrally to create chances in behind defences too. For £48million, Arsenal fans should expect 20 league goals this season because he's the missing piece to Arsenal's complex puzzle.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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