Arsenal vs. AS Monaco: What Arsene Wenger Learned in Emirates Cup
Despite a thumping victory over Benfica yesterday, Arsenal somehow managed to fail to win the Emirates Cup. In the final match of the tournament, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to AS Monaco.
After the match, Arsene Wenger was visibly annoyed by Arsenal's lacklustre performance. However, the result matters little. At the end of the day, this is still just a friendly. It's about examining the squad's capability and readiness for the forthcoming campaign.
Go to the next slide to discover what Wenger will have learned during this game.
Olivier Giroud Is Far from Ready
It was noticeable against Monaco that Olivier Giroud was a long way off the pace. The Frenchman has only just returned to pre-season training, and Arsene Wenger afterwards admitted that he is far from ready for the new campaign.
He told the club's official Twitter account: "Giroud had only three weeks' rest and he will be back. He is working very hard in training but needs more time."
Whether or not he will be in suitable shape for the start of the Premier League season remains to be seen. If he fails to make it, Wenger may call on Yaya Sanogo, who impressed with four goals against Benfica.
This Could Be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Year
Last season looked like it was going to be a big one for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. On the opening day of the season, he was picked to start against Aston Villa. However, a cruciate ligament injury took him out of the match and much of the campaign.
On the evidence of this performance against Monaco, he is determined to make up for lost time. Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced at half-time, and he immediately added zest and verve to the Arsenal midfield. It would be no great surprise to see him make a claim for a regular place in 2014/15.
Calum Chambers Is a Centre-Half in the Making
Calum Chambers was one of the big successes of the Emirates Cup weekend. The former Southampton man played both games at centre-back, and he looked comfortable throughout.
With Thomas Vermaelen's future in doubt, Chambers' ability to play in the middle could prove invaluable to Arsenal. Although most of his football to date has come at right-back, he could make an excellent centre-half in the long term on this evidence.
Mathieu Debuchy Is a Solid Addition
On his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt, Mathieu Debuchy confirmed that he will be a solid replacement for Bacary Sagna.
His tackling was tigerish and his attacking runs both dangerous and numerous. Debuchy is an experienced campaigner, and he demonstrated that he should be able to slot straight into the team with a minimum of fuss against Monaco.