Much like we saw in the ramp up to Project Restart just a few months ago, Arsenal are lining up friendlies behind closed doors. With no crowds, no media, reduced staff capabilities, and plenty of other restrictions in place, lining up short-term friendlies is a bit easier.
Similar to when Arsenal played Brentford, the Gunners will look to have played a few regulars and plenty of youth players with heavily managed minutes to help quickly gain a bit of match fitness and technical sharpness.
Given the lack of a preseason tour, for obvious reason, teams are in search of as many matches as they can line up during this shortened offseason to get up and running. On the bright side, the gap in which players have had off from training and matches has been only a few weeks meaning the return to fitness should not be an arduous path, but as many know, early games in the Premier League matter, especially when you are a team like Arsenal who will want to get off to a good start while transfer business is still being completed.
James Benge broke the news that Arsenal beat QPR 4-3 at London Colney, but didn’t add any colour to that result.
We are waiting to see if there is any acknowledgement from the club, highlights, or further reports to confirm this result and/or how it came to be.