Eddie delivers.

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Unai Emery pulled a magic trick out of his hat. He used the powers of youth to completely disguise that Arsenal hadn’t added a single first-team player to the squad this season and we’re three games into preseason.

Quite amazing to be having a 2012 like conversation after all the backroom upheaval to address exactly this.

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Edu speaks – it’s good!

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What is going on my darlings?!

I am currently in Washington with my dad.

The weather is disgusting. It hit 100 degrees yesterday, or 37.7 Celcius. We walked the landmarks in a fit of ‘let’s not be pussies about this’ and I can confirm this was a mistake.

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The youth makes a statement

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BACK TO THE FOOTBALL.

I watched Arsenal play on the plane yesterday as we beat the mighty Bayern Munich. I know it’s tough to read into these sorts of games, but a win is a win however you chop it up.

The players looked fit, the haircuts looked fresh and that away kit looks stunning.

I don’t want to pontificate on the details, but here are a few things I enjoyed.

Ozil looked like he wanted to play. No point in having a haircut that pretty if you’re stuck on the bench. He moved around the pitch really well and caused a nuisance.

Auba looks very fit and ready to go, I thought he had an interesting game drifting in and out of wide positions.

Joe Willock could be a surprise package this season. He’s an actual athlete and he looks like he has something about his game. He’s very composed and focused, hopefully something happens for him this year.

I was also very happy to see Eddie score. That kid is a poacher and I’d love him to land a little more game time this year.

I also really like the look of John-Jules. He’s compact, fast and making a difference when he shows up. He has teams like Juve and PSG chasing him, he either plays or we lose him. We are long overdue a Jack Wilshere like kid on the scene.

Also… how about Emery and those pearly whites?

Things look like they’re moving in the transfer market. Zaha has said he wants out at Palace, Tierney is moving forward, the club are nearly done on Saliba and Ceballos looks like he could be reality with Spurs dropping out. Throw in a ‘now’ centre back and we’re rolling.

I know the French papers are reporting a bid for Pepe, but be real, we don’t have £80m to spend, so any money flashing from our wallet is monopoly paper or it’s a ‘we tried’ bid.

Right, Fiorentina up on Saturday. I’ll be back with a more imposing blog tomorrow! In the meantime, know that The Arsenal Opinion is back on the regular starting soon… in the meantime, I did a little something with the team over at Mundial. It’s about the Arsenal vs United rivalry. You should put it on your playlist RIGHT NOW.