The International Champions Cup played host to London sides Arsenal and Chelsea, both of whom fielded experimental teams as new managers Sarri and Emery looked to analyse potential teams for the upcoming season.
The game was a very open affair, with Chelsea dominating early exchanges and getting the first goal, thanks to a pin point header from Rudiger which flew past Cech into the bottom corner. Chelsea were able to get chances very shortly after, although misjudgment from Morata and co meant they conceeded offside decisions and weren’t able to capitalise on their counter attacks. Hudson-Odoi was looking sharp down the left hand side, causing Bellerin all sorts of problems during the game.
Arsenal looked composed and more comfortable in possession, however they lacked composure in front of goal. Aubemeyang missed a couple of chances that you’d expect him to score from, but the signs for a goal were there.
Petr Cech put in a solid performance, preventing the likes of Huson-Odoi and Morata from getting on the scoresheet. Chelsea were awarded a penalty, which was taken poorly by Morata and saved by Cech, preventing Chelsea from obtaining a two goal cushion. It’s fair to say that both teams lacked composure in front of goal, evident by the many chances each team had.
The game was very open throughout and it was surprising that there weren’t more goals. Chelsea led 1-0 into extra time but the game wasn’t over yet. Lacazette, who showed signs of quality last season, bought the gunners back level after some great pressing play.
This lead the game into a penalty shootout. Both teams were very composed in front of goal, however Chelsea made the first slip up in sudden death, giving Arsenal the three points. Personally I felt a draw was fair as both teams had clear chances and neither got a real foothold into the game, but this is football and anything can happen, onto the next games.