A makeshift Arsenal team suffered pre-season for the first time this summer with the 2-1 defeat to London rivals Brentford at the club’s London Colney training ground on Wednesday. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta named a weak team for the Brentford game as several of his first-team players missed the game. The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey and William Saliba were absent from the squad.
England junior international Nketiah has a pre-season tally of five goals in six games after his goal against The Bees. He started his pre-season campaign this summer with a treble in the 5-1 win over Ipswich Town from the third tier of club football in England. Apart from Nketiah, Folarin Balogun and Albert-SambiLokonga also scored for the Gunners.
Nketiah was not amongst the goals as Arsenal came from behind to beat Nuremberg 5-3. New signing Gabriel Jesus scored his first goals for Arsenal during the game having moved to the club in a deal worth £45m. The Brazilian attacker left Premier League champions Manchester City for Arsenal so as to play regularly first-team football. He’s the main man in the Arsenal attack.
Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 to make it three wins in a row with Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka getting the goals for the Gunners. In their next pre-season game, Arsenal beat MLS club Orlando City 3-1 to continue their good form. The Orlando City game was just before the 4-0 win over Chelsea in the Florida Cup final. Arsenal will conclude their pre-season schedule with the Emirates Cup final clash with Sevilla on Saturday.