Despite the distraction of the summer transfer window, Arsenal have been able to compose themselves pretty well on the pitch during their pre-season campaign in the United States. They’ve had two games up to this point against Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich, which has resulted in two wins. The triumph over Colorado was pretty standard, as you’d expect in a Premier League vs MLS clash, whereas the Bayern win was a bit more hard fought – and, as a result, a little bit more satisfying.
Now, the club will be turning their attention towards tomorrow night as they go head to head with Fiorentina in their latest American escapade. The general expectation amongst Gunners fans is that they’re going to get the job done once again, but they can’t afford to take anyone lightly in pre-season. As we’ve seen before, the rules don’t really apply to this stage of the season in any way, shape or form.
With that being said, fans shouldn’t come away from this game thinking that it’ll be a big win if they can get the job done. After all, while they may be looking for some big names in the transfer market, Fiorentina aren’t exactly coming off the back of a successful season. They really struggled to get a foothold in their Serie A campaign for 2018/19, to the point where they only finished a few points above the relegation zone.
What to expect
They’ve been living off of their past reputation as a high profile European club for quite some time now, when in reality, they haven’t been at that level for a good few years. They’ve got a handful of high quality players, but that isn’t enough in the modern era. They need some quick improvements, and they’ll see this friendly as a way to get a morale boosting victory over a well known EPL side.
We’d like to see a few of the youngsters get a run out for this one, because while it may not be as much of a given win as the encounter against Colorado, there’s still a good chance the Italians are going to be laying into the Gunners throughout the course of the game. They’ll try to make it physical, and as well as not wanting the big boys to get injured, it’ll be a learning curve for many of the club’s youngsters.
Can the Gunners beat Fiorentina and make it three wins from three?