ARSENAL SINKS CHELSEA WITH A 4-0 SCORE LINE TO SECURE FLORIDA CUP
Goals from Gabriel Jesus Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga sealed a brilliant win for Mikel Arteta’s side to maintain their 100% record.
It left Thomas Tuchel pretty simmer with his team.
Jesus put his side ahead after 16 minutes with a brilliant chip over Eduoard Mendy – his third goal since signing for the club from Manchester City for £45 million.
Martin Odegaard added a second 10 minutes before the break with a lovely finish.
On 66 minutes, Saka made it 3-0 after Mendy had kept out Gabriel Martinelli and Granit Xhaka.
Tuchel was left simmer at the final whistle.
“I am far from relaxed,” he said. “We deserved to lose which is fair enough because we were simply not good enough. We were simply not competitive.
“The worrying part is that the level of commitment physically and mentally for this match was far higher for Arsenal than for us. They played I think what is their strongest line-up and structure that you see now for several weeks. This was the line-up they will try to start for Premier League games.
“It was surely not our strongest line-up. This is a part of an explanation but only a little part and the other part is worrying.
“I cannot guarantee we will be ready in two weeks,” Tuchel added. “I saw today a team from Arsenal that had an idea of how to play to a level of exhaustion and a level of physical commitment that we could not match, and also a level of mental commitment which we lack because we have a lot of players who think about leaving, are looking for other options, and we have players who left. I think this at the moment is obvious.
Meanwhile, Arteta admitted Gooners should be excited following their win but reminded everyone that it was only a friendly.
“Yes, but it was a friendly match,” he said.
“As you could see there are a lot of positives to take from the game. The way we played, the intensity we showed, the way we were trying to show who we are as a team. But at the same time, it’s just a test match. Don’t get carried away.
“There are still a lot of things that we have to get better at and do better. But I think it’s good to get some momentum, finish the tour in the right way, give some enjoyment to our fans and everybody that’s been contributing to make this tour happen. Now it’s time to go back to London, to focus and keep making improvements and steps forwards.”
It was Arsenal’s fifth friendly of their pre-season so far having won the previous four.
They began with a 5-1 win over Ipswich before beating Nuremberg 5-3 in Germany. They then travelled to the United States where they beat Everton 2-0 before a 3-1 win over Orlando City.
Mikel Arteta’s side will finish their pre-season with an Emirates Cup clash against Sevilla before they face a trip to Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Chelsea were only playing their third pre-season fixture.
They both took place in America, beating Mexican side Club America 2-1 before losing on penalty to MLS side Charlotte FC after a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea will head home via Italy to face Serie A side Udinese on July 29 before they kick off their Premier League campaign away to Frank Lampard’s Ev