Arsenal vs Chelsea pre-season tour of the United States of America could not have ended in better fashion.
Mikel Arteta’s side played London rivals Chelsea in the Florida Cup final during the early hours of Sunday morning UK time and came away with a resounding 4-0 victory.
Summer arrival Gabriel Jesus – who is already a firm fan favorite – netted the opener on 15 minutes, before Martin Odegaard made it 2-0 nine minutes before the half-time interval.
Arsenal‘s jewel in the crown Bukayo Saka made it three in the 66th minute and it was Albert Sambi Lokonga who completed the scoring in second half stoppage-time.
The Gunners were ruthless in front of goal and completed dominated Chelsea from start to finish.
Does it get any better than that for Arsenal in pre-season? Probably not and fans also got their first glimpse of new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Ukrainian was handed a start by Arteta at left-back and performed very well during the first half of proceedings.
He even managed to send Mason Mount for a hot-dog with a lovely piece of skill by the touchline.
Zinchenko, who was revered at Manchester City as one of the team’s best technicians, performed a textbook drag-back to breeze past the Chelsea play-maker.
The Arsenal man made it look so, so easy on Arsenal vs Chelsea…
Oleksandr Zinchenko. That’s it. That’s the tweet. 😍 pic.twitter.com/JPb1ie92eT
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 24, 2022
Stop that, Zinchenko!
The 25-year-old really is a stellar piece of business by Arsenal, as he strengthens the team in two key departments.
No longer will they be reliant on the inconsistent Nuno Tavares if Kieran Tierney picks up an injury, while Zinchenko also excels when deployed as a central midfielder – which he’s proven countless times on international duty.
Check out Zinchenko’s full highlights from his debut against Arsenal vs Chelsea…
Arsenal’s business during the summer thus far really has been top notch and the introduction of the William Saliba to first-team matters is also a huge bonus.
The Frenchman started against Chelsea at centre-back alongside Gabriel Magalhaes and looked solid throughout.
Saliba, Gabriel and Ben White as options in the middle of the defence? Yeah that sounds pretty good to us.
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