Arsenal’s club record £53million signing, Alexandre Lacazette, took less than 15 minutes to score his first goal for his new employers as they breezed to a 2-0 win over Sydney on the first match of their tour to Australia and China.
According to Dailymail, the Frenchman, who entered the fray on 68 minutes, had the ball in the back of the net on 83, when he calmly slotted fellow substitute Alex Iwobi’s pull-back home from around 10 yards out.
Granit Xhaka runs over as Eddie Nketiah and Alex Iwobi celebrate with Lacazette after opening his account.
Lacazette was handed the number nine jersey following his much-heralded arrival and perhaps gave a glimpse of things to come with a predatory finish.
The Gunners had wasted a staggering number of chances to double their lead after Per Mertesacker’s early opener.
But Lacazette made no mistake and Arsene Wenger will have noted his impact. Mertesacker had said he wanted to make his final season a fairytale. He got the first chapter off to a decent start here.
Less than five minutes had elapsed when the big man put the visitors, attacking the Jonny Wilkinson End, into the lead – turning on a deflected Mesut Ozil corner from three yards out and volleying into the corner. The finish was considerably better than the celebration, in which the German set off running, jumped in the air and landed on the spot.
Regardless, it delighted the vast majority of an impressive 80,432 crowd. This was the first time the Gunners have played Down Under for 40 years and the iconic stadium was awash with the famous red shirts with white sleeves.
A shame, then, that Arsenal played in their new, admittedly sleek, third strip of black and grey.
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