Nelson shining, Torreira quiet & 3 other major talking points from Lazio clash
- Arsenal looked increasingly confident in 2-0 Lazio win that concludes their preseason
- Mirror's Jack Rathborn looks at the game key moments & actors
Nelson makes stong case to become valuable squad member"Reiss Nelson's talent has never been in doubt but Unai Emery has given him an opportunity to showcase it in pre-season and the English starlet has grasped it. A livewire in attacking combinations, Nelson's delicate touches and explosive bursts opened up Lazio for fun. A willingness to take players on is encouraging at his age, still just 18, and that fearlessness could be lethal off the bench this term. Should Emery be brave enough to utilise the academy prospect regularly, he will endear himself to the Gunners faithful in the primitive stages of the post-Wenger era at the Emirates."
Lichtsteiner will push Bellerin'd stalled development
"Stephan Lichtsteiner is very much a short-term signing for Arsenal but his vast experience at 33 years of age and a winning mentality ought to propel Hector Bellerin towards being the player everybody thought he could become two or three seasons ago. Arsenal have lacked a dependable crosser from deep in recent years and Lichtsteiner's service will be attractive to Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Bellerin has all the ability and at 23 years old is clearly the future, but there is clearly a necessity to take a big step this season and Lichtsteiner's presence may spark it."
Emery opts for 4-4-2 with a promising Auba & Lacazette partnership in mind"Unai Emery offered a look at his tactical variety by lining the Gunners up in a 4-4-2 formation that offered a sign he is willing to take a look at an Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang partnership. The former lined up alongside Eddie Nketiah, though the industry of Reiss Nelson and Alex Iwobi allowed the Gunners' to maintain some control in the game alongside their advanced presence. Lacazette has looked deadly in pre-season, while Aubameyang has looked menacing since his January arrival from Borussia Dortmund: together they are a terrifying prospect for Premier League defences this season."
Torreira stays quiet so far"Lucas Torreira made his first Arsenal start vs Lazio and whilst he failed to dictate or dominate the game, there was plenty to admire in his performance. Firstly, his fitness is clearly not a concern, with his terrier-like industry, as showcased for Sampdoria last season and with Uruguay in Russia this summer, on display. Torreira instinct is clearly to chase down opponents and turn over possession before establishing a tempo to his side's game. The former was more prevalent in Stockholm, with Alessandro Murgia one of his victims after pinching the ball following an instinctive dash down the wing."Structure & confidence built for Man City opener"All of a sudden Arsenal are beginning to look strong and invigorated just months into the Emery era and competitions for places is really hotting up. Despite taking a look at a modified version of a 4-4-2, Emery will likely plump for the 4-3-3 and with Lacazette proving sharp in pre-season and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil certain to start, it becomes tricky to find a role for Mkhitaryan. But with exciting young talent in Reiss Nelson, Matteo Guendouzi, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe emerging, combined with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin likely to take a step in their development, Emery has a promising squad at his disposal."
What were your take-aways from the game?