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szdaily -> Sports
Arsenal wins in Sydney
    2017-July-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ARSENAL ended its pre-season tour of Australia with a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny put the Gunners three up at the break, before Steven Lustica got one back for Wanderers in the second half.

By contrast, the Gunners couldn’t add to their tally after the break, despite record-signing Alexandre Lacazette making his first start for the club.

Lacazette’s first start came in a strong Arsenal starting XI, also featuring Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka.

Significantly, Arsenal’s adherence to the 3-4-2-1 formation they switched to late last season was obvious, with midfielder Elneny drafted in to play as a center-back alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.

It didn’t take long for Lacazette to catch the eye, as the club’s record signing turned and accelerated superbly in the box, before firing in a low shot that was well saved.

Lacazette’s chance was part of a bright start from the Gunners. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pace and direct running were stretching Wanderers out wide, while Alex Iowbi showed off some neat touches and guile in central areas. As Arsenal gained in confidence, Ramsey and Xhaka began to exploit defensive gaps with some quality passes between the lines.

Had it not been for some heavy touches in the box, the Gunners would have been comfortably in front early on. First, Lacazette couldn’t control a deep Oxlade-Chamberlain cross in time to prevent a defender blocking his shot, then strike partner Giroud reacted sluggishly to a poor clearance in front of goal.

The latter soon spurned another chance when his header went straight at the Western Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic after rising to meet Xhaka’s precise free-kick.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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