Saturday, 29 July 2017

Walcott on the brace

FT

5 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

29/07/17 Emirates Cup

T. Walcott 24', 32'

L. López 52' (own goal)

O. Giroud 64'

A. Iwobi 70'

F. Cervi 11'

E. Salvio 39'

Gunners got their Emirates Cup defence going with a 5-2 prevail upon Benfica on Saturday, Theo Walcott scoring a prop.

Theo Walcott hit a support as Arsenal showed they can adapt without Alexis Sanchez by beating Benfica 5-2 of every an engaging diversion in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's side are four-time champions and the ebb and flow holders of the pre-season competition, yet they needed to fight against eminent loss at a wet Emirates Stadium with Sanchez still missing after his Confederations Cup interest with Chile.

Franco Cervi put Benfica ahead in the eleventh moment, the Argentine's strike taking a vital twofold diversion off Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker.

Determination from Sead Kolasinac soon gave an equalizer to the hosts, in any case, the new marking burglarizing Pizzi and chipping a cross for Theo Walcott to volley home.

Walcott included another after the half-hour stamp, opening in from short proximity after Kolasinac and Francis Coquelin consolidated on the left half of the case, yet Benfica leveled before the interim when Eduardo Salvio beat David Ospina with the guide of another diversion.

Yet, Arsenal demonstrated their predominance after the interim, Lisandro Lopez transformed Walcott's cross into the back of his own net before Olivier Giroud got on the scoresheet and teed up Alex Iwobi for the best objective of the diversion to finish the scoring.

Julio Cesar made a direct clear spare toward deny Giroud in the fourth moment, yet it was Benfica who scored the opening goal. 

The guests created a fine assaulting move and a major redirection off Mertesacker saw Ospina beaten by Cervi's low exertion. 

Walcott volleyed in the equalizer in the 24th moment, the winger close by to complete off Kolasinac's cross after the left wing-back recaptured ownership in the Benfica box. 

Also, super Arsenal develop play soon furnished Walcott with a moment, Kolasinac sending Coquelin clear to square a low cross for him to tap home. 

Ospina parried Pizzi's shot however the goalkeeper could do minimal about Benfica's equalizer as the objectives kept on streaming in the principal time frame 

Kolasinac and Giroud set up Iwobi for a pounding complete and there was still time for Arsenal's record marking Alexandre Lacazette to make his home presentation from the seat. 

Arsenal  take eight focuses from the amusement - as Emirates Cup rules grant groups a point for each objective - and they will confront Sevilla on Sunday in the competition's last match, while Benfica go up against Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

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