With pre-season coming to an end with victory over Lazio, we’re taking a look back at how each player performed over the five matches.

Starting with goalkeepers and defenders, let’s take a look at how each individual is doing in their preparations for the new season. We’ll release a post on the midfielders and forwards at the same time tomorrow (Monday).


Sokratis Papastathopolus of Arsenal. Arsenal Training Ground, London Colney, Hertfordshire, 5th June 2018. Credit : Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal Football Club.

Konstantinos Mavropanos 6

Mavropanos didn’t have a bad pre-season, and in fact he looked fairly solid when he played. Unfortunately that wasn’t often.

He got one half against Boreham Wood, and brief substitute appearances against Atletico Madrid and Lazio, but that was it. The 20-year-old doesn’t look like he’ll be getting regular first-team football just yet.

Calum Chambers 8

Chambers has made a big case for his inclusion in the Arsenal starting line up with his pre-season performances, as he was one of the more reliable centre-backs throughout. That’s not to say he was perfect, but he certainly wasn’t to blame for any of the goals the Gunners let in, which is more than can be said for some others.

Sead Kolasinac 5

Kolasinac’s pre-season didn’t go as planned. He had some good moments, but gave away a silly penalty against PSG. Nonetheless, he’d probably be starting against Manchester City, were it not for the terribly timed injury he sustained in the Chelsea match. Now he’ll have to recover, prepare, and get back into the team all over again.

Hector Bellerin 6

Bellerin had a mixed few weeks overall. He performed poorly and gave away a penalty against Chelsea, but contrary to what you might read on Twitter, he did well enough in the other matches.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos 6

Most defenders need a bit of an adjustment period with a new club, and it seems Sokratis is no different. He looked a bit sluggish on his debut against Boreham Wood, but has been slowly getting up to speed since then.

Shkodran Mustafi 7

Mustafi looks nailed on for a starting spot this season in Laurent Koscielny’s absence, but that’s mostly because he’s the only other centre-back over 25 who has been at the club more than two months. He did well enough overall in pre-season, but there’s still room for improvement.

Rob Holding 6

Holding had some good moments, particularly against PSG with his goal. He made an unusually large number of individual errors though, dwelling on the ball for too long or misplacing passes which led to dangerous attacks against Arsenal. Hopefully it’s just a case of getting back into the swing of things in pre-season.

Stephan Lichtsteiner 7

Lichsteiner made a solid debut, and is already winning fans over with is combative style. His ball over the top to Lacazette was very nice. Hopefully he keeps up the good performances and infects his teammates with that fighting spirit.

Jordi Osei-Tutu 7

Osei-Tutu made a strong start to life in the first team with his debut against Boreham Wood, but with Hector Bellerin and Stephan Lichtsteiner ahead of him he didn’t get many more chances after that, bar a substitute appearance against Atletico Madrid.

Dropping down to the u23s, the youngster was one of the outstanding performers in their 3-0 win against non-league AFC Hornchurch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him earn a loan move in the coming days, but otherwise he’ll keep pushing for opportunities this season.

Carl Jenkinson 5

Jenkinson played one half against Boreham Wood, but he hasn’t been seen on the pitch since. He wasn’t too bad in that one brief appearance, and put in a couple of half decent crosses. It doesn’t seem like he’s in Unai Emery’s plans for the future though.