Arsenal V Barcelona: What did we learn?

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Arsenal ran out 5-3 winners over Barcelona in an entertaining friendly in Los Angeles. 

Leo Trossard scored twice in the second half helping Mikel Arteta’s side secure a comeback win over the Spanish champions.

Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz hauled Arsenal level in the first half before Trossard’s goals put the Gunners in control after the break before Fabio Vieira added a fifth.

It was a convincing display in parts for the Gunners with plenty to take away ahead of the Community Shield against Manchester City next weekend.

Declan Rice was absent from the game after reportedly suffering from a tight calf and is expected to return ahead of the game against Manchester City next week.

With the season just a couple of weeks away, Arteta will be hoping his new signings are settled into his style of play with this performance showcasing that potential.

Who stood out for Arsenal?

Kai Havertz enjoyed a productive game after being criticised for his performance against Manchester United last week.

He played further forward in this game after being unleashed in what looked like a number ten role against Barcelona. It gave the German international more freedom in the final third which ultimately allowed him to find space and punish the Spanish giants.

With Rice absent from the game, it will be interesting to see how Arteta factors in Haivertz once the England international returns to the starting XI.

Leo Trossard grabbed the plaudits for an exciting display after almost seemingly falling under the radar amidst the spending spree this summer.

Two goals for Trossard reminded Arteta that he has another offensive weapon at his disposal, adding to the pool of young talent already in the squad.

Aaron Ramsdale stood out for the wrong reasons once again, struggling against Barcelona as he failed to keep out Raphinha’s freekick.

His form will need to improve for the Gunners if they are to have a realistic chance of sustaining a title push this season.

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