Another pre-season match down and another win under Arsenal’s belt.

Although Western Sydney Wanderers put up a slightly better fight than Sydney FC during the opening exchanges, as Arsenal began to break them down, they capitulated and the Gunners were comfortably 3-0 ahead by halftime.

Within minutes, Alexandre Lacazette demonstrated his class by twisting and turning around Western Sydney Wanderers’ players, allowing Aaron Ramsey to have a chance.

Just like they did with Sydney FC, Arsenal continued to dominate possession, preventing WSW from stringing more than a few passes together.

Alex Iwobi in particularly looked refreshed and sharp early on.

However, despite having the lion’s share of possession over the first 20 minutes, the Gunners hadn’t really troubled WSW’s goalkeeper.

Olivier Giroud had Arsenal’s first proper chance in the 26th minute but struck the ball right at the ‘keeper.

Looking at the body language of most Gunners, you could tell it was a pre-season friendly. All except Granit Xhaka, that is…

When the deadlock was finally broken in the 33rd minute, it was by none other than Giroud, who appears to turn away from Lacazette as the former Lyon striker went to celebrate with him. And what a goal it was.


0-1 Olivier Giroud Goal HD – Western Sydney… by euro2016videos

No sooner had the crowd in the ANZ Stadium finished ‘Naa naah naaah’-ing, Ramsey doubled Arsenal’s lead with a rather special chip over the ‘keeper after a(nother) lovely assist from Nacho Monreal.

Just before halftime Elneny, who played at centre-back, scored a third via a big deflection and Arsenal went in three goals up with 45 minutes left to play.

Minutes after the second half kicked off, Elneny almost nabbed a second after hiting the inside of the bar.

It wasn’t all fun and games, however, as Arsenal’s intensity dropped and WSW capitalised after a backpass from Ramsey to Emi Martinez, who had only just stood in for David Ospina.

Despite Martinez putting the entire team on the goalline, WSW still managed to score and the Gunners managed to look a little bit silly.

In the 66th minute it was all change.

Edward Nketiah once again hit the inside of the post, sparking a frenetic final couple of minutes before the final whistle.

An exciting first half followed by a far more placid second sees Arsenal win two out of two of their pre-season games in Sydney.