Arsenal kick off the Premier League campaign with a trip to Crystal Palace and they will be full of confidence after a great pre-season.
The Gunners are determined to finish in the top four for the first time since the 2015-16 season and have already spent around £120million on new signings.
While pre-season is all about improving fitness levels and helping these new players settle in, Mikel Arteta will have been encouraged by their results and performances.
“We’ve had a mix of time here in London and being away, and we’ve played competitive games against very different opponents and formations and team ways of playing and behaviours,” Arteta said while reflecting on the pre-season.
“We also had different conditions, we were in Germany and we had to acclimatize to the weather there, and we went to the United States and it was the same, now we are playing with a different context and atmosphere. also, so in general I feel that the team is prepared.
“The ball will start rolling on Friday night and that will be a different story.”
We’ve compiled 13 of the best stats from their impressive pre-season campaign.
– Arsenal have faced Ipswich Town, Nuremberg, Everton, Orlando City, Chelsea and Sevilla in pre-season and they have won all six games.
– If you include pre-season friendlies, Arsenal have now won 11 of their last 13 games in all competitions.
– Although stats are not available for the behind-closed-doors friendly against Ipswich, Arsenal have since averaged 479.4 assists per game, 17.6 shots per game and 8.6 shots on target per game.
– Arteta’s side have scored a total of 25 goals in their six pre-season games, averaging 4.16 goals per game.
– Sevilla conceded just 30 goals in 38 La Liga games last season, but Arsenal netted six against them in the space of 90 minutes.
– Since Orlando City’s Facundo Torres equalized against the Gunners, Arsenal have scored 13 goals without conceding.
– Gabriel Jesus has scored seven goals in five pre-season appearances and is currently averaging a goal every 37.85 minutes. Eddie Nketiah was their second top scorer with five pre-season goals and Bukayo Saka came third with four goals.
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– Despite playing just one game in the Emirates Cup, Jesus is now the third-highest goalscorer in the competition’s history after netting a hat-trick in Arsenal’s win over Sevilla.
– The Brazil international scored more goals for Arsenal than Alexandre Lacazette (6) in 36 competitive appearances last season.
– Gabriel Martinelli scored one goal in pre-season and also showed creativity, netting five times for his teammates in five appearances.
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– The Gunners managed to tighten up the defense in pre-season, conceding just five goals and keeping three clean sheets.
– William Saliba was on the pitch for a total of 282 minutes during pre-season and Arsenal didn’t concede a goal in that time.
– Arsenal are yet to concede as Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel and Oleksandr Zinchenko leave together in the last four.
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