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Arsenal pre-season reviewed

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The new Premier League season is drawing near and expectations are once again set very high for Arsene Wenger's side, as back-to-back FA Cup triumphs have allowed fans to dream of a first title since 2004.

Arsenal have an opportunity to win a first piece of silverware of the new season when the meet Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday - but will they challenge Jose Mourinho's side for the top domestic honour?

They have, at least, enjoyed a good pre-season so far and will be confident of starting the campaign brightly, something they failed to do last term. Here is a look at their performances ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

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Singapore Select XI 0 Arsenal 4

Arsenal began their pre-season with a friendly against a Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy. This assembled team of Singapore stars were no match for the Gunners as Arsenal ran out as 4-nil winners on the night.

A hat-trick from Chuba Akpom and a Jack Wilshere penalty was more than enough to see off their opponents, in what was little more than a training match.

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Everton 1 Arsenal 3

The Barclays Asia Trophy continued in Singapore as Arsenal took on Premier League rivals, Everton. A slick performance and goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil provided a 3-1 victory over the Merseysiders. Arsenal sent out a message to all their Premier League rivals as their preparation stepped up for the new campaign. 

Lyon 0 Arsenal 6

The annual Emirates Cup began as Arsenal took on French side Lyon. The game was one sided from the off and after Olivier Giroud's 29th minute strike, there was no stopping a rampant Arsenal.

The match finished 6-0, a scoreline which in no way flattered a very impressive Arsenal side. The game, no doubt, increased excitement around the Emirates about what this side can achieve this season.

Wolfsburg 0 Arsenal 1

The final of the Emirates Cup pitted German side Wolfsburg against the tournament hosts. The game marked the home debut of the new man, Petr Cech, and was another solid performance from Arsenal.

A goal from Theo Walcott, who has since signed a new contract with the Gunners, was enough to see off a battling Wolfsburg side and lift the Emirates Cup. This was the final friendly for Arsene Wenger's side and has given the manager a lot of positives to consider going into the new season.

Readiness Rating: 7.5/10

This rating may seem harsh given Arsenal's impressive pre-season results, however unless they are able to bring in a top quality striker and perhaps a holding midfielder, the club may not be able to truly compete for the title with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of them.

Sunday's Community Shield clash with Chelsea may hold the answers to whether Arsenal can mount a legitimate challenge to Chelsea's crown or whether the fans have to settle for yet another top four finish.

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