Result: Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid (1-3 on penalties)
Competition: International Champions Cup (pre-season)
Date: July 26th 2018
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
Arsenal starting XI
Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
5′ – chance Aubameyang
Great work from Reiss Nelson who bursts through, to the byline, and floats a cross to the back post. Aubameyang’s shot deflects wide, and from the resulting corner Ramsey pokes wide at the near post.
11′ – optimism
New signing Matteo Guendouzi, who has looked bright, sees glory from 40 yards out but as you might expect his shot does not trouble Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal.
13′ – chance Aubameyang
Arsenal take a corner to the back post, it’s there to be hit, but the striker whacks it into the ground and wide. The Gunners are dominating territory and possession.
22′ – save Oblak
Arsenal won the ball back well, and broke forward quickly. Aubameyang played Ramsey down the left, and eventually Lacazette shoots for the near post from a tight angle, but he’s denied by the keeper.
24′ – danger
The first moment of danger at our end as Gameiro gets in behind Holding but just can’t control the pass that’s fired into him. Following that Partey hits a shot about 3 miles over the bar.
29′ – Mustafi block
Juanfran sets up Correa inside the Arsenal area but his shot is scuffed and Mustafi gets in the way to help get it clear. Shortly after Vietto fires over from the edge of the Arsenal box.
32′ – Oblak save
Once again Lacazette is denied after being set up brilliantly by Ramsey. From the left hand side the French striker smashes a goal-bound shot but Oblak stands big to make a good stop.
39′ – Oooooooh
Almost a goal for Arsenal. Lacazette’s left footed shot is palmed away by Oblak into the path of Nelson who looks certain to score but the defender gets it clear at the last minute. Bizarrely, the referee gives a goal kick.
41′ – ⚽️ Goal Atletico Madrid 0-1
Correa turns Holding too easily and drives into the box. He lashes in a cross, Vietto gets away from Guendouzi who has switched off for a second and his diving header flies beyond Leon to give the Spaniards the lead, somewhat against the run of play.
45′ – Holding heads wide
From a Smith Rowe corner the defender looks to make up for his part in the goal but heads well wide from 12 yards.
Half-time: Arsenal 0-1 Atletico Madrid
The Gunners were bright, dominated possession, but the Spanish side grew into the game and grabbed a goal late in the half to take a 1-0 lead into the break. All a bit familiar, but old habits, a bit like Bruce Willis, die hard.
Unai Emery makes just one change at the break, bringing on Petr Cech for Bernd Leno, and he wears the number 1 for the first time.
47′ – ⚽️ GOAL ARSENAL 1-1
Emile Smith Rowe picks up a loose ball in midfield, drives at the back four, and then smashes a brilliant shot into the top corner past substitute keeper Adan.
49′ – Ramsey shot
The Welshman has a pop from distance but he doesn’t catch it quite right and it trickles through tamely to the keeper.
58′ – OMG
Arsenal are all over the place at the back, Guendouzi is found wanting, Cech makes a brilliant save, it rebounds to to an Atletico player at point blank range and somehow last ditch defending by Holding sees it blocked over the bar. It’s hard to know how they didn’t score there.
Moments later, Partey has a clear sight of goal in our box, but scuffs his shot wide off Mustafi for a corner, which begets another corner, and from the next one Cech saves a header.
62′ – Changes
On: Sokratis, Mavropanos, Nketiah, Perez, Chambers, Mkhitaryan, Osei-Tutu, Maitland-Niles
Off: Holding, Mustafi, Bellerin, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nelson, Smith-Rowe
Sort of looks like a back three with Kolasinac and Osei-Tutu as wing-backs.
72′ – Sokratis
Arsenal give the ball away too easily, the shot on goal is tame, but the Greek defender gestures for this teammates to calm down and not rush things.
73′ – Cambios
Atletico Madrid make seven changes. Guendouzi comes off for Arsenal to be replaced by Joe Willock.
80′ – tekkers
Osei-Tutu clears with an overhead kick inside his own box!
81′ – Yellow card Chambers
The Arsenal defender is booked for a foul or possibly dissent, I think.
82′ – Chance Nketiah
The striker makes a good run behind the defence, but from a very tight angle and on the stretch, he can’t get any power on his shot and it’s easy for the keeper.
86′ – half-chance
A corner comes to Mavropanos at the back post but he’s not really expecting the ball and his control lets him down.
90′ – Added time
We’ll have 4 minutes of additional time, and if nobody scores then a penalty shoot-out.
90 + 4′ – Nobody scored
An interesting enough game, some nice moments especially the Smith-Rowe goal, but not a lot to learn beyond that. Now, the game will be decided by:
Correa – ❌
Mkhitaryan – ❌
Hernandez – ⚽️
Willock – ❌
Some bloke – ❌
Maitland-Niles – ⚽️ (Panenka!)
Mollejo – ⚽️
Nketiah – ❌
Adan – ⚽
Atletico Madrid win 3-1 on penalties. Arsenal’s penalties were pretty poor, but it’s not really that important. The first serious run-out of the season is under our belts, and it’s PSG on Saturday.