Arsenal’s preparations for the 2021/22 season got off to the worst possible start.
The Gunners were back in action on Tuesday evening at Easter Road as they faced an Hibernian side that finished third in the Scottish Premier League – 39 points behind champions Rangers – last season.
Despite giving minutes to the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Willian, Mikel Arteta’s side slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat.
With pressure on the Spaniard from some sections of the fanbase, it was no surprise that ‘ArtetaOut’ was trending on Twitter during the second half in Edinburgh.
But as pointed out by an Arsenal fan on Reddit, there’s no need to panic.
Not only are pre-season games just ‘glorified training sessions’, but back in the summer of 2003 the Gunners lost to Peterborough United and then drew with Barnet.
Two teams they would be expected to beat, pre-season or not.
And interestingly history was made in the 2003/04 season as Arsenal went through an entire Premier League season unbeaten and that remains the last time they were crowned champions of England.
Thus prompting a big discussion and one bold prediction.
fatenumber asked: “Are you saying that we’re gonna win the league next season?
_imgoated_ said: “Invincible season incoming.”
adjsam said: “As long we’re doing well in the league, I don’t care about preseason results. Arteta gone anyway if he doesn’t get results by December.”
sneakyney asked: “Is this even necessary?”
Speaking after the game, Arteta wasn’t happy about the defeat but did take some positives from the run out.
“The positive is the workout that we had. We only trained for four days. In the second half it was a much improved performance,” he said. “Obviously, the moment we had more senior players on that football pitch it made a difference.
“It still hurts. When I lose a football match I’m never happy. The positives were as well that we had the opportunity to play some young kids that made their debuts and they should be proud.”
Source by Football London