FT. Arsenal 2-0 Lazio: how the game unfolded as seen by fans & media ?
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⚽ 18' Nelson
⚽ 64' Aubameyang
✅ THAT'S IT! A good Arsenal performance in Sweden, with plenty of positives for Emery ahead of the Premier League start.
Quality pre-season, tried a few different systems and CB combo's, Auba and Laca have goals written all over them, really impressed with Leno's distribution, Guendouzi looks one hell of a find and Smith-Rowe announced himself.— ʂɧauⁿ (@MrAubameyang) August 4, 2018
Still a lot to work on, but so far so good.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a nightmare to defend against:
Watch Auba goal if you haven't yet, what a strike:
The Gunners are in full control now:
Masterclass from the boss so far:
More changes from Emery, will all the big boys on the pitch now:
? Just before Auba's strike, we made four more changes...— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 4, 2018
? @MesutOzil1088, @HenrikhMkh, @ElNennY and @HectorBellerin
↩️ @alexiwobi, @LTorreira34, Xhaka and @LichtsteinerSte
? 2-0 ? (66) pic.twitter.com/sc6yMa3tfR
... and it pays back, too. GOAL, AUBA:
Our attack is on fire:
Looks like someone might have booked himself a place in Arsenal squad:
Lichtsteiner is showing some Dark Arts he was (supposedly) signed for:
Lichtsteiner is King of the Shithouses.— Llew (@FfwtboLlew) August 4, 2018
Love Lichtsteiner already. No messing with him.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 4, 2018
Auba is on the left, not his best position to play...
Aubameyang playing wide left.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 4, 2018
We are back for the 2nd half and here are the first changes:
Arsenal subs:— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 4, 2018
Aubameyang on, Nketiah off.
Guendouzi on, Nelson off.#afc
Enjoy Nelson's goal courtesy of Arsenal official account:
FIRST HALF OUTCOMES:? Nelson and Iwobi look lively in attack? Arsenal look a bit dodgy in defence, still allowing opponents to create a lot of danger in front of their own goal? Rob Holding is showing some resolute defending, though
⚡ It's HALF-TIME!
First half ends with Iwobi shooting wide and creating a decent chance for himself. Thought he was very bright in that first 45 minutes. 1-0 at the interval.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 4, 2018
Fine work from Maitland-Niles also doesn't go unnoticed. Will he replace Kolasinac permanently?
I think I feel more comfortable with Maitland-Niles at left-back than Kolasinac...— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) August 4, 2018
Some danger on the other side of the pitch, but Rob Holding got it covered!
Couple of decent bits of defending from Rob Holding in the last few minutes. Just got Xhaka out of a bit of a hole after he played Arsenal into trouble.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 4, 2018
At least now we have asolid plan if that Dembele transfer won't go through:
If we don't get Dembele I expect Reiss to at least be on the bench!— Ali (@RoyMustang786) August 4, 2018
GOAL! And it's Reiss Nelson! The kids are alright! Nelson starts the move, Iwobi gets a shot, but it goes off the post only to be scored by the Nelson himself!
Proper 4-4-2 it is from the Gunners:
Arsenal have started the game in the 4-4-2 formation, with Iwobi on the left side & Nelson on the right. #afc— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 4, 2018
First chance of the game! Nketiah flicks the ball on before controlling it with his chest. He fires Gunners' first shot in the game from just inside the penalty area, but it goes wide.
Friendly reminder that our captain tonight is Granit Xhaka:
Some not-so-good news has been revealed as the game started:
READY, STEADY, GO!
The scene is set for the kick-off:
Were moments away from kick-off here in the Friends Arena...— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 4, 2018
How’re you feeling ahead of our final pre-season fixture? ? pic.twitter.com/IRMXLvIusl
Seems like Gunners simply can't wait for some Proper English Football:
Is that...A FOUR-FOUR-FACKIN-TWO WITH A PROPA ENGLISH CENTREBACK PAIRING OH IT REALLY IS COMING HOME BOYS https://t.co/ddmxAEDEGj— TFN (@TheFalseNein) August 4, 2018
Two our new boys - Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira - make a debut tonight. Excited to see them in action?
Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Nelson, Xhaka, Torreira; Iwobi, Lacazette, Nketiah.Arsenal subs: Bellerín, Sokratis, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.
Lazio XI: Proto, Wallace, Acerbi, Radu, Basta, Parolo, Leiva, Murgia, Lulic, Luis Alberto, Caicedo.Lazio subs: Guerrieri, Adamonis, Luiz Felipe, Patric, Bastos, Correa, Jordao, Badelj, Caceres, Milikovic, Cataldi, Durmisi, Rossi, Neto.