Arsenal have began their preparation for the upcoming Premier League campaign by winning their first bit of silverware of the season.
On Saturday, Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 in the Barclays Asia Trophy Final which saw new goalkeeper Petr Cech make his debut for the club.
The Asia trophy saw four teams; Arsenal, Everton, Stoke City and Singapore Select XI compete for the pre-season trophy and was a good competitive warm up for what is to come in the Premier League.
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Arsenal beat Singapore Select XI in the semi-finals 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from young striker Chuba Akpom. Arsenal looked exciting with young stars Akpom and Alex Iwobi leading the line and with Jack Wilshere looking to carry on with the great form he showed towards the end of last season.
The Asia Trophy showed Arsenal fans that they have much to be optimistic about in the forthcoming season.
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Signs of class
With the likes of Akpom and Iwobi coming through, Arsenal's future looks bright and against Everton on Saturday, Arsene Wenger put out what is likely to be his strongest team and was rewarded by a quality display from his side.
With goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal ran riot against Premier League rivals Everton and showed real signs of class. As previously stated, Cech was given his first opportunity in the first team and impressed.
For the majority of the first half Cech had very little to do, however just before the break he was forced into making a terrific save from Luke Garbutt who struck from distance.
Cech played well in his first game for the club and looked comfortable behind his new back four. However, he had his clean sheet denied from him in the 75th minute when lively substitute Ross Barkley earned a consolation goal back for his side.
More friendlies & transfers
Arsenal will now have a short break before hosting the Emirates Cup on July 25 where they will be playing Lyon, before taking on Wolfsburg the following day. This will be Arsenal's final warm up before they meet Chelsea at Wembley on August 2 in the Community Shield.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that by the time they meet Chelsea at Wembley, Wenger will have strengthened the squad, with a striker to challenge Olivier Giroud supposedly being the clubs' top priority.
Rumours have been circulating for a while now that the club will make a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and there is no doubt that this signing would be welcomed excitingly by Arsenal fans who feel they are one or two signings away from winning the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping they can carry on through pre season without picking up any injuries whilst also progressing as a team.
The Asia Trophy was a good opportunity for the club to introduce some young players who will possibly have a chance of breaking in to the team this season and a good warm up for the Premier League.
Arsenal have a very good chance of winning the Premier League this season if they can strengthen in one or two positions and that is something Wenger needs to look in to and press on with.
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