Arsenal starting XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Willock, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Arseblog reporting live from LA
An own goal and a late strike from Eddie Nketiah gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich at Dignity Health Sports Park in LA this evening.
We got a first glimpse of the new away kit, and jolly nice it was too. The kind of kit you could win a league in … if you also bought some new players to put in it.
A surging run from Aubameyang and a clever flick from Ozil created the first chance of the for the striker, but his shot with the outside of his foot flew wide.
Lacazette was next to find room for a strike, it was blocked into the path of Mkhitaryan who dragged an effort wide of the far post with his left foot.
A poor Mustafi pass to Willock put Arsenal under pressure, Sokratis and Leno almost conspiring to score an own goal before getting it clear. Xhaka fired over from distance in the 15th minute, and in midfield Joe Willock found his passing range and won a good tackle which almost created a goalscoring opportunity for Ozil.
The young midfielder was the stand out player in the opening half an hour, but the Gunners did work some nice moves down the left hand side in particular, with Aubameyang skinning Alaba at one point only to see his low cross cleared.
Bayern had the best chance of the game in the 32nd minute, a cross from the left found the striker just yards out but Leno saved with his feet. Shortly afterwards a cross shot from the right hand side was also pushed away by the German stopper who was doing his best to keep the Arsenal sheet clean.
Another incredible run from Aubameyang saw him drive from the edge of the Arsenal box to the edge of Bayern’s, he laid it outside to Ozil but the German took a touch and his subsequent shot was saved by Neuer. It was a move which deserved a goal.
Half-time came with the scores level, and as you’d expect there were changes at the break. Emi Martinez came on for Bernd Leno while Sead Kolasinac replaced Nacho Monreal at left back.
Bayern had the first attempt of the second period, a shot from outside the box which Marteinz saved well but minutes later Arsenal were ahead. Mkhitaryan played a ball to the back post, Poznanski missed it, Aubameyang crossed it first time and the defender got back to his feet just in time to deflect a first time cross into his own net. 1-0.
Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry came on at the break and immediately caused us problems. Running directly at Kolasinac he fired a shot wide, then a smart run in behind saw him one on one with Martinez but the keeper stuck out a hand to prevent a goal as the German looked to go around him.
Coman caused Maitland-Niles problems down the Bayern left, at the other end Ozil fed Mkhitaryan whose cross was deflected up in the air, and the Germans were really putting the pressure on as some of the Arsenal players began to tire.
There were good chances for Arsenal though. Aubameyang missed a sitter after a Kolasinac cross, and another brilliant run saw him create for Nelson but the youngsters touch was heavy and his shot saved.
It proved really costly though as Bayern equalised in the 70th minute. The defence was slow to close down Gnabry, his cross went over the head of Mustafi but found the head of Lewandowski who dispatched it perfectly into the top corner. 1-1.
Arsenal brought on Saka, John-Jules, Chambers and Nketiah for Mustafi, Ozil, Lacazette and Aubameyang – who had torn it up down the right hand side all night. For a man who picked up a knock in training yesterday, he showed no signs of it.
And the subs paid off as two of them combined to put us ahead in the 88th minute. John-Jules took a lovely touch in the box, played a one-two, crossed it and Nketiah readjusted his feet very quickly to score from close range. 2-1.
That was enough to win the game, and Arsenal’s pre-season proper got off to a good start.