The injury to Pedro has given Jeremie Boga an opportunity to stake his claim in the Chelsea squad. After Ospina flew out recklessly to punch the ball from outside the penalty area during the friendly Pedro was unable to continue and Jeremie Boga lit up the Birds Nest with a high energy performance.
He was strong, powerful and quick to dance past defenders and start counter attacks, in 65 minutes he played more than most in the game and was a strong contender for man of the match.
With Pedro likely to be out at least for the bulk of pre-season this gives Boga a chance to establish himself as a viable option for Antonio Conte. Whilst it is unlikely that he would get into a team with everybody fit he offers something different and could definitely offer something during a long Premier League and European season.
His youth and energy kept Arsenal on the back foot and alleviated pressure numerous times during the Arsenal friendly and if he can get a couple of good pre-season showings under his belt, Conte may end up sharing our convictions.
Jeremie Boga The Victor Moses of 2017/2018
There is precedence for this with Victor Moses last season.
This time last season it seemed likely that Victor Moses would like the last few seasons report for training, do a little bit of pre-season then disappear on loan for the rest of the season.
However last year he did enough to convince Conte that he had something to offer and within a month of the start of the season Conte switched the formation made Moses a right wing back and a key member of the starting XI.
Whilst this pathway will be harder for Jeremie Boga it would be great to see a member of the youth team break through in pre-season and challenge our superstars for a place in the side.
After all it looks like with opportunity Boga could himself be a superstar and maybe it will be his name on the back of your next Chelsea shirt