The new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette did not take long to get his Arsenal goal tally up and running, firing home an Alex Iwobi set up past the Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne in the 83rd minute of the first pre-season game for Arsenal.
The France international striker had started on the bench but came on when Arsene Wenger changed the whole outfield team with 20 minutes to play. That late goal gave the Gunners a 2-0 win which really should have been bigger but a lack of sharpness in fr4ont of goal combined with some inspired defending and goalkeeping stopped Arsenal from adding to the early goal scored by Per Mertesacker from a corner in the 4th minute.
Danny Welbeck had a penalty saved by Redmayne which should never have been given in the first place and he, Walcott, Coquelin, Willock, Nelson and Bramall had plenty of good chances to score but could not take them. Lacazette looked sharp, as did the other summer signing Sead Kolasinac and there were some impressive performances from the young Gunners as well.
Obviously Arsenal will need to get sharper but that is what these pre-season games are all about and in general we played well, but the best thing by far was to see Lacazette hit the ground running and I am sure it will have done his confidence no harm whatsoever.