In the middle of preseason, with most English clubs still playing friendly matches, Arteta´s Arsenal managed to beat Liverpool and conquer the Community Shield. The score was tight (1-1) after the first 90 minutes and the Gunners pulled it off from the penalty spot (no extra time). Rhian Brewster was the only one to miss his PK. Even though it might be to soon to draw conclusions, there are some interesting points to talk through:
First half had two main characters, both from the Gunners squad: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang y Bukayo Saka. The young British created the most dangerous plays for his team. He assisted the Gabonese with a perfect long ball and he executed a perfect finish to overcome keeper Allison. Moreover, Saka gave two excellent passes that Nketiah did not take advantage of. Bukayo´s overall performance (only 18 years old) was pretty decent and he certainly met the expectations from the fans in London.
Trent Alexander-Arnold´s absence is another aspect to point out. Liverpool´s offensive actions mostly go through his feet. He is more than just a full-back: his game vision and passing capacity make him a playmaker. Neco Williams was his substitution and his young age (19 years old) affected his performance. He is very far away from Arnold´s level, which is totally understandable if we agree that we are talking about the best right back in the world of the moment.
We can´t forget about Emiliano Martínez, a hero once again with two outstanding saves to Sadio Mané. His level is a reality that goes beyond last season it seems that he will look to sign with another club where he can be a starter. Arteta counts on Bern Leno for the keeper position and the Argentinian can´t afford to be on the bench with his current level.
The Spanish coach earns his second title in eight months as the Arsenal coach. He has provided the team with cohesion, excitement and, overall, competitiveness. There are still some new players to come in order to improve their level, but the basis seem to be set. The future is bright for the Gunners under Arteta.