It may seem like the first and most insignificant step in a marathon of a season to residents of N7, but to Australian-based Arsenal fans this is their first opportunity in 40 years to see their heroes in action.
Arsenal got off to a quick start with skipper Per Meresacker opening the scoring in the fifth minute after turning in a corner with his back to goal. It was also a successful debut for defender Sead Kolasinac, who looked calm and composed on the ball whilst also showing his strength whilst defending.
And according to French sports daily L'Equipe, any move away from the Gunners for Giroud could only happen late in the window because of all the mitigating circumstances.
"Obviously we had that little drought in the middle of the season, hopefully we've already seen what we can improve on", added Iwobi.
After Arsene Wenger defiantly stated earlier this week that he would not be allowing the transfer of any Arsenal players to any of our Premier League rivals, the news that Olivier Giroud is not going to join West Ham this summer is not exactly a big surprise.
Manager Arsene Wenger used Giroud primarily as a substitute last season as the 30-year-old made 18 of his 29 league appearances off the bench and started in just three of Arsenal's eight Champions League matches.
With the list of suitors growing on a daily basis, the same paper claims Borussia Dortmund are monitoring the situation closely as they face up to losing 28-year-old Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea.
"They don't play many games in pre-season, so every one for them counts".
Giroud and his representatives are now talking to numerous interested parties, and a number of clubs are keen. "No obvious injuries, some promising youth cameos and that third kit is quite nice too".