Date: 23rd July 2017 at 10:59pm
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This weekend Arsenal closed out their summer tour at the Beijing Bird’s Nest with a three nil loss to Chelsea.

The game swing either side of half time and goals from Willian (40) and Batshuayi (42) ahead of the break did the damage, leaving Batshuayi to wrap up his brace in the 49th minute just after the restart.

Arsenal’s second half performance was much better in comparison but the game was already beyond us and Batshuayi was denied a hattrick as he saw an effort ruled out earlier in the first half.


Ospina (Martinez 75), Maitland-Niles (Koscielny 45), Mertesacker (Kolasinac 45), Monreal (Coquelin 45), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Nelson 69), Ramsey (Willock 69), Xhaka (Elneny 45), Bramall (Giroud 45), Ozil (Malen 76), Iwobi, Lacazette (Welbeck 45).

Unused subs:

Bielik, Nketiah.

Yellows – Kolasinac.


Courtois (Caballero 45), Azpilicueta (Scott 77), David Luiz (Kalas 77), Cahill (Pasalic 77), Moses (Baker 69), Fabregas (Christensen 77), Kante (Clarke-Salter 77), Alonso (Kenedy 69), Willian (Tomori 69), Batshuayi (Remy 69), Pedro (Boga 29).

Unused subs:


Manager Arsene Wenger wasn’t just tasked with questions about the game in his post match press conference, questions about Alexis Sanchez and links to Paris-Saint Germain and the often spoken about 39th Asia game featured.

Dealing with those two topics first, Wenger told the Official Site that Alexis speculation was ‘media imagination’.

‘It`s only media imagination. No, it doesn`t make any difference if it`s a foreign club that wants to sign him.’

As for the 39th game with talks resparked by Richard Scudamore last week.

‘I think it will happen one day, why not? If we don`t do it then somebody else will do it. That idea is in the air in France or Spain and certainly we could see it happen in the future, that some countries export some games. At the moment it doesn`t look realistic, in the next two or three years, but why not in the future?’

With the cock up that saw Olivier Giroud not named on the teamsheet and some delay in trying to get him on in the second half, Wenger explained.

‘Yes there was some conflict! I don`t understand why he was not on the list. They didn`t want to let him play, and we of course had a bit of an argument because we announced him. We finally got the green light from someone in the sky, and he could play.’

Talking about the game itself.

‘I think it was a game of a good level where we finally lost well. It was a bit of a combination for us, I think it was a good opportunity for me to see players at that level who have no experience. I tried to play two teams with a mixture of regular players and young players. Of course you could see that we were a bit less mature than Chelsea. Also it was the last day of our tour, it was quite long and we looked a bit jaded tonight.’

Having fielded a weaker line up as he took a look at some youngsters, Wenger wasn’t overly bothered by the score as he felt the experiment had been been a success and worthwhile for us.

‘I played some boys with a lack of experience in unusual positions to see how they can cope with it. Chelsea went for a regular team from the start on and I had a mix in one half and in the second half. We paid a little bit for it, but despite that, it was not all negative. We had some very good moments in the game as well, but we couldn`t score. Overall, I think there were lots of positives in the game. We lacked a bit of experience in decisive positions.’


‘They (youngsters) learned that every ball at that level is important. You cannot be at 95 per cent in these kind of games. You have to be completely 100 per cent committed and they paid for every mistake. The pace of the game was much higher than they are used to. They will go home with plenty of things to think about and hopefully they will learn quickly from it. As well, I must say there were a lot of positive from some young players. They have shown personality, quality and that they have a good chance at that level.’

Wenger ended with praise for the support at across our tour.

‘It`s unbelievable what we got in terms of attendances. The positives are that we experienced how much people love us all over the world. I think it`s a great experience for the players to live with each other for two weeks. We had good and bad moments because we travelled a lot, but the preparation was positive and it`s good to go home. I think we will benefit from the time we spent together. Now we go straight into the Emirates Cup and therefore it`s important to recover.’

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