Well that could have gone better…

Arsenal’s 100% pre-season win record this year is now in tatters after Chelsea deservedly thumped them 3-0 on Saturday at the Bird’s Nest in Bejing. Not that it actually matters because, you know, pre-season.

The Gunners started slowly with the terrible pitch preventing them from zipping the ball across the surface.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right-back look particularly sluggish as other players tried to get to grips with the spongy grass.

Chelsea, who were unhindered by the poor pitch, should have been two goals up within minutes as their strong, decisive passes cut through the Arsenal defence.


The Arsenal players continued to struggle against the playing conditions, which included ridiculous humidity, although Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil combined well, and Granit Xhaka had less trouble with the ball than most of the players.

One of the talking points of the first half, apart from Rambo being a beast throughout, was David Ospina clattering Pedro.

Michy Batshuayi scored for Chelsea but it was harshly ruled offside before Willian finally put the Blues ahead.

Batshuayi then doubled their lead before half-time.

As is the norm during pre-season matches, it was all change at half time with Laurent Koscielny, Mohamed Elneny, Sead Kolasinac, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud coming on.

However, despite looking marginally brighter with the inclusion of Giroud, it only took a few minutes for Batshuayi to put Chelsea 3-0 ahead in the second half.

Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were brought on late in order to mount a 4-3 comeback.

Of course, despite it being a pre-season match, some Gooners frustrated about their team’s lack of creativity considering they were only a few players off what will be their starting line-up in August, while others didn’t really care.

The fans that weren’t frustrated by Arsenal’s performance were frustrated with the others for being frustrated by a friendly. Class Arsenal Twitter, basically.

Arsenal’s best chance, annoyingly, came via Nelson, who’d only just come on, about five minutes before the final whistle, which tells you everything you need to know about the match overall.