Arsenal continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 victory over Chivas De Guadalajara, with Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom on the scoresheet for the Gunners.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal was the standout moment of the game, with the England international cutting back intelligently before finishing superbly.
Chivas managed to hold their own for the opening half an hour, but it was Arsenal who would break the deadlock courtesy of Holding’s first goal for the club, which came following good work from his central-defensive partner Calum Chambers.
Akpom, on as a second-half substitute, found the net from close range to score his ninth goal for the club in pre-season fixtures. The forward is still rather raw and is yet to prove himself at the highest level, but he appears a better option up front at present than Theo Walcott, who was again disappointing.
Several youngsters had run-outs in the second-half, including Krystian Bielik, who looks set to stay as a centre-back for the long-term judging by Arsene Wenger’s quotes.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock and Gedion Zelalem also featured but the trio weren’t able to have much of an impact on proceedings, although the latter did play some neat passes.
Holding’s performance was hugely encouraging, with the former Bolton Wanderers centre-back reading the game well, bringing the ball out from the back and also providing a threat from set-pieces.
Meanwhile, David Ospina and Santi Cazorla made their first appearances of pre-season, with both players completing 45 minutes.
On a more negative note Mathieu Debuchy looked off the pace in the second period, with the right-back struggling to cope with the intensity of the game.
Arsenal have just two friendlies remaining- against Viking and Manchester City- before getting their Premier League campaign underway against Liverpool.