Winner #2: Jurrien Timber
The tour was an opportune time for new signings to settle, and Timber has rapidly found his feet within Arteta’s framework.
We were all aware of what the Dutchman was about once his signing was confirmed, and he impressed on all his appearances out in the States. Timber’s technical security and press resistance embolden Arsenal’s build-up, his versatility renders them more unpredictable, while his athleticism allows him to defend in a high line with confidence.
He seems like the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal, with his performances so far suggesting that he might quickly establish himself as a starter in north London.
Loser #2: Aaron Ramsdale
We didn’t even get to see Matt Turner feature in his homeland, yet it feels as if the gap between Arsenal’s number one and two goalkeepers has closed.
Turner has proven his competence since signing for the club, but Ramsdale’s consistency meant Premier League starts were never likely last season. However, the club’s starting keeper endured a bit of a miserable tour as he produced a poor display against United before conceding three times against Barcelona.
While there was little he could do to deny two strikes from finding their desired destination, questions were raised over his work for Raphinha’s deflected free-kick.
Worryingly, though, Ramsdale’s distribution was a far cry from its usually supremely high standard. Arteta won’t stand for such sloppiness once the season gets underway.
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