This was the second game of our pre-season schedule. For a few such as Medley, Thompson, Olyalinka, Buron and our two goal hero Jules this was their second game. We were up against a Colorado team that’s not in great shape themselves and also own by our beloved owner Stan Kroenke.
It would seem that we went to a 433 with Nketiah playing as the right winger.
The game started swiftly as Saka dribbled through the opposition and laid it on a plate for Martenelli who fluffed his lines. Olayinka was looking dangerous and made the assist for Arsenal’s opening score. He pushed the ball into the box where Bukayo Saka found it and lifted it into the net in the 13th minute.
The midfield partnership wasn’t working cohesively which meant that Jenkinson was doing a lot of the distribution, and because of this, Nketiah had to drop deep to collect the ball. He executed a brilliant through ball to Saka who needed 2 chances to put the it in the back of the net. Following that, Olayinka produced a wonderful finish after intercepting the ball in midfield and slotting it into the top right putting Arsenal 2 nil up by half time.
No changes were made to start the second half, the youngsters continued to look dangerous. Martenelli finally was able to take his chance to put Arsenal 3 up in the 61st minute, but looked like he didn’t know much about it.
We got to see the likes of Mesut, Laca, Aubameyang and even Mustafi as substitutes, but they didn’t make much difference and the game finished 3 nil.
Colorado seems like they really didn’t come to play today but Saka and Nketiah really stood out from the bunch. Seems like we have started back playing high up the pitch in order to smother Colarado, but one ball over the top allowed the team in easily.
Macey – didn’t have much to do but when he did look commanding … 6
Carl Jenkison – Carl was shaky seem to be trying to hard … 5
Callum Chambers – wasn’t really troubled by Colarado … 6
Zech Medley – ditto … 6
Thompson – Looked solid again today but didn’t attack as much as the last game … 7
Jame Olayinka – took his chance wonderfully … 7
Burton – Wasn’t spectacular and looked lost at times … 6
Martinelli – need to work on his finishing … 6
Tyreece John-Jules – looked lost today … 6
Saka – looked brilliant, got lucky on the goal and probably should have buried it first time … 9 MOTM
Nketiah – started on the wing but had to come deep to collect, reminded me of laca … 8