Arsenal ease to second pre-season win in Sydney
Arsenal eased to a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanders in their second pre-season match at the ANZ Stadium.
Alexandre Lacazette made his first start for the Gunners after scoring as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Thursday.
Mohamed Elneny started in a back three alongside captain Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.
Aaron Ramsey made his first appearance of the tour alongside Granit Xhaka, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started at wing-back.
Arsenal enjoyed plenty of early possession with Lacazette forcing an early save from keeper Vedran Janjetovic.
The Gunners though had to wait until the 33rd minute to open the scoring.
Alex Iwobi and Monreal combined down the left and Olivier Giroud turned the ball into the net at the near post.
Monreal was also involved in the second goal. His long through ball was neatly lobbed over Janjetovic by Ramsey in the 37th minute.
Mohamed Elneny added a third a minute before half-time when his shot was deflected into the net by a defender.
Emi Martinez replaced Ospina at the start of the second half.
Elneny was denied a second goal early in the second half when his shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced to safety.
The wanderers pulled a goal back in the 57th minute. They first hit the bar and in the subsequent melee Ramsey played a back pass that Emi Martinez picked up on the six yard line to conceded a free kick.
With all the Arsenal players lined-up along the goal line Martinez saved the first shot, butLustica converted the rebound from close range.
Arsene Wenger then changed all 10 outfield players in the 65th minute.
Substitute Mesut Ozil almost added a fourth, but his free kick from just outside the penalty area hit the post. The free kick was earned by a jinking run from fellow sub Joe Willock.
Another substitute Per Mertesacker then sent a close range header straight into the keeper’s hands when unmarked.
Theo Walcott was then denied by Janjetovic as Arsenal looked to finish their trip to Sydney on a high.
Arsene Wenger will be pleased with the two matches in Sydney for easing his squad into pre-season, but he will know there are tougher tests waiting when they next face Bayern Munich and Chelsea in China.
Arsenal: Ospina (Martinez 45), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Nketiah), Koscielny (Mertesacker), Elneny (Walcott), Monreal (Ozl), Maitland-Niles (Bielik), Xhaka (Kolasinac), Ramsey (Coquelin), Lacazette (Welbeck), Iwobi (Nelson), Giroud (Willock)