Five things we learned from Arsenal’s Emirates Cup matches

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Arsenal put Benfica to the sword on Saturday before losing to Monaco 24 hours later.

Arsenal played two matches at the weekend, taking on Benfica and Monaco as they hosted the annual Emirates Cup.

It may not have gone exactly according to plan for Arsene Wenger, but there was plenty for the French boss to be happy about.

Here we take a look at five things we learned from the two days of football:

Sanogo and Campbell deserve chances

It may have been all about the new faces on show prior to kick off in Arsenal’s match against Benfica, but by the final whistle a player waiting for his first-team breakthrough stole the headlines.

Yaya Sanogo’s four-goal haul was an emphatic statement of intent going into a new campaign. The 21-year-old is surely ready for more chances; as is his young teammate Joel Campbell, who also found the net against the Portuguese champions.

The two players may not yet have the experience at the highest level, but considering the number of competitions Arsenal will be challenging for next season, there will be opportunities aplenty for Sanogo and Campbell to stake their claims.

Chambers already looks a bargain

Calum Chambers arrived from Southampton in a deal that could rise to £16million, and if he keeps playing like he did at the weekend, that will look like pennies in no time.

Many questioned why Wenger was signing another right-back so soon after bringing Mathieu Debuchy to the club. But Chambers played at centre-back against both Benfica and Monaco and he looked like a class-act.

Alexis needs time

This was expected to be the weekend when Alexis Sanchez announced himself to his new fans in blistering style. But after an impressive cameo on Saturday he failed to inspire a victory on hs first start for the Gunners.

However, he showed enough to suggest it will not be long before he is firing on all cylinders and anyone who has seen him play knows Arsenal have signed a bona fide superstar.

Ramsey making up for lost time

Prior to his injury last season, Aaron Ramsey looked like making it a clean-sweep of end-of-season awards; but we all know what happened next. And yet against Benfica the Welshman shone.

If Ramsey can stay fit all season his club have a real chance of reclaiming the Premier League title; he really has become that integral to so much of their good work.

He will also want to make up for the missed opportunities during his prolonged spell on the side-lines, and there is no reason he cannot claim some of those end-of-season awards a year later than first expected.

Bellerin stakes a claim

Hector Bellerin was outstanding against the Portuguese side on Saturday, showing confidence and class that belied his age.

The 19-year-old has surely made a strong case to be Mathieu Debuchy’s understudy this season – with Chambers likely to feature in central defence or as a holding midfielder – and in cup matches especially, the Spaniard could soon be an Arsenal star in his own right.

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