Arsenal kicked off their pre-season campaign with a disappointing defeat, Mikel Arteta's men played against Scottish minnows, Hibernian and they surprisingly lost 2:1 despite Mikel Arteta naming a strong squad.
The likes of Cedric Soares, Aubameyang, Pablo Mari, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland Niles, Willian, Nketiah and Reiss Nelson all started, so it becomes surprising when they are unable to beat a team such as Hibernian.
Although it was just a game that was used to get the Arsenal squad up to speed and shape but it also reminded everyone how terrible the Arsenal team was last season.
In fact, the game also brought to light some of the problems and positives currently in the squad, here are five things we noticed from the loss.
1. Emile Smith Rowe Is Top Class
One of the positives from last season was Emile Smith Rowe. The 20-year-old midfielder has been on a steady rise since he broke into the Arsenal first team last season, he was on the substitutes bench for the game against Hibernian but once he was introduced he helped Arsenal pull one back.
The young Englishman is continuously showing what a top player he could be in the future, Arsenal should fend off interest from Aston Villa by giving him a new long-term contract.
2. Mikel Arteta Is Not The Right Man
Some will say it's too early to judge, but Mikel Arteta has had over a month with some of the players that didn't represent their countries yet he hasn't been able to get things right.
Arteta has had time to perfect his tactics and strategies yet they were ineffective against Hibernian, the Scottish team isn't even in the level of some Championship teams yet they beat Arsenal, what will happen when the gunners go up against the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
3. The Defence Is Still Porous
One of Arsenal's biggest problem from last season was the defence and once again the porosity of the Arsenal defence was on display as the gunners made a defensive error that lead to a goal for the opposition.
4. Quality New Signings Must Be Brought In
Arsenal need to sign quality players especially in the defence and midfield, after watching another horror display from defence signing Ben White should be priority for the gunners.
Also, in midfield, the creativity isn't at an acceptable level, Houssem Aouar or any other top creative midfielder should be signed before the start of the season.
5. Nketiah & Balogun
It is still surprising that Eddie Nketiah is given priority ahead of Folarin Balogun, Balogun was exceptional in the few games he played last season while same cannot be said about Eddie Nketiah, yet Mikel Arteta still started Nketiah ahead of Balogun.
Nketiah has spent time with the senior squad, and he has continuously failed to impress, it's time for him to be moved on to another club so as to give the likes of Balogun more game time.
What are your thoughts on the disappointing defeat yesterday?
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