Cahill the captain?
The pre-season tour was always going to be something of an indication of who could be captain next season with John Terry having left Chelsea for good in the summer.
With David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, the three main candidates, all starting today’s game was a good indicator to the way that Antonio Conte was thinking.
The honour was passed to Cahill, last season’s vice captain, and it could well mean that the England defender could be the one to take it on full time when the 2017/18 Premier League campaign gets under way.
Boga’s time to shine in August
Eden Hazard is not expected to return from his ankle injury until early September, which leaves one spot in the squad for the first month of the season.
That was compounded with the injury to Pedro in the first half after he was wiped out by Arsenal stopper David Ospina. However, his injury did give the chance to Jeremie Boga, and boy did he take it.
The 20-year-old was on loan at Granada last season, but is getting his shot in pre-season. His direct running, decent play on the ball and ability to draw fouls impressed many.
With a gap in the squad, Boga could fill it if Conte is not willing to bring in another forward this summer, but now it is about getting the consistency from the obviously talented winger.
Conte’s fitness regime is working a treat
You wouldn’t have thought it was Chelsea’s first game of the pre-season tour, such was the sharpness, movement and freshness that they showed without a sign of rustiness.
It was a difficult pitch in the Bird’s Nest, with the bobbly surface causing some issues for both sets of players and passing going astray.
But Chelsea were much more accurate, clinical and looked up for it from the get-go, which is what they’ll want to do when they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday in Singapore.
New kits look snazzy
Okay, this isn’t the most important thing to have come out of a football match, but you have to say that the new Nike kits look pretty good!
Simple, yes, but pretty effective it has to be said. Buying a shirt these days seems to be a little redundant, with the cost of it and then the fact it will be changed by next season.
But this is a pretty decent one to be fair, and a good sign for the 15 years while the contract runs with them.
Fabregas is magic…you know the song
Cesc Fabregas showed why Conte is right to give him more game time next season after a superb showing of pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey were almost anonymous in the first half, while Fabregas continued to spray balls left, right and centre and split Arsenal’s weak defence in half.
The Spaniard must be given more playing time next season, even with the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko, working him into the system should be one of the top priorities.