3 talking points from Arsenal's penalty shootout win against Angers
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3 talking points from Arsenal's penalty shootout win against Angers

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Angers made Arsenal work hard for the win in the Gunners’ penultimate pre-season game. The French outfit took the lead in the first half before Reiss Nelson equalized from close range in the second.

The Gunners picked up the victory on penalties and Unai Emery will have a lot to consider before his side flies to Spain to face Barcelona this weekend. Here are three talking points from the win in France.

Youngsters still impressing:

Gabriel Martinelli, Matteo Guendouzi, Zech Medley and Reiss Nelson among others were given another chance to showcase their skills and the youngsters did not disappoint. Nelson’s pace proved too difficult to handle for Angers at times while Martinelli’s movement caused a ton of problems too.

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Guendouzi once again showed everyone why he is so highly rated at the Emirates despite being so young. Young defender Zech Medley also stood strong against an impressive Angers attack who looked destined to score. Emery will have a tough decision to make regarding who to keep in the first team next season.

Set-piece defending still woeful:

Arsenal’s constant handicap over the years has been their defence and things didn’t change in France. Unai Emery’s side were lucky to not have conceded more goals after having been caught out multiple times in set-pieces.

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Emery seriously needs to work on his backline irrespective of who we sign this summer. Failure to do so and we will have no chance of competing with the best teams in the Premier League and in Europe this season.

Emi Martinez is here to stay:

Emiliano Martinez continued to impress and he has certainly made a claim for a spot with the first-team this season. The Argentine would be a very good understudy to Bernd Leno and the duo could share responsibilities between the sticks this term.

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The German could start the Premier League and Europa League games while Martinez could continue his development by playing in the domestic cups next season. Emery should put more faith in the long-serving Arsenal shot-stopper and give him the chance he deserves over the next 10 months.