Arsenal: Ramsdale, Timber, Saliba, Kiwior, Tomiyasu, Partey, Rice, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Vieira, Nketiah.
Subs: Turner, Hein, Tierney, White, Gabriel, Holding, Jorginho, Havertz, Odegaard, Marquinhos, Saka, Trossard.
Arsenal won the Emirates Cup after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Monaco, after the game finished 1-1 in normal time.
Mikel Arteta handed a first home start to Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber, while also giving playing time to the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira, Takehiro Tomiyasu and others who haven’t played a great deal this summer. The Gunners were without Gabriel Jesus who has a knee injury which is to be assessed, according to the club.
The game began at pre-season pace, but Gabriel Martinelli injected a bit of fizz after good work from Vieira and Nketiah. He might have gone down for a penalty but stayed on his feet, allowing the visitors to smother.
Monaco had a sight of goal but the flag went up for offside as Ben Yedder’s tame finish failed to trouble Ramsdale, Rice provided a good ball across their six-yard box but Nketiah didn’t make the most of it, and the striker headed over when Vieira nodded back another Rice cross to him but he was coming back from an offside position.
Martinelli began to cause the Monaco defence some trouble down the left, a last gasp intervention denying a pull back to Nketiah, before Saliba was harshly booked for a mistimed sliding tackle just outside our box. A lovely touch from Eddie saw him next to put in a low cross, but again there was nobody there to apply the finish.
In the 31st minute, Monaco went ahead when Camara got beyond Martinelli too easily to put in a cross which Fofana headed home from close range, leaving Ramsdale with no chance to make a save. 0-1.
Good defending denied Nketiah after a clever quick free kick from Smith Rowe, and from the resulting corner Partey headed over. Having already been booked, Saliba committed another foul to stop a counter, but in the circumstances, Anthony Taylor kept his second yellow in his pocket. There was a big chance for Monaco from the free kick, but the lad missed his header completely.
Partey sent Timber down the right but his low cross was defended well, and after a good interception and pass from Tomiyasu, Rice was denied a goal by an outstanding piece of defending from Maripan. From the corner, Tomiyasu’s header was brilliantly saved by the keeper, forcing another corner, and from there Arsenal equalised. The corner came in from Martinelli, and the number 14 arrived at the back post to volley home and to send the teams in level at the break. 1-1.
There were no half-time changes from Mikel Arteta, but the first big chance of the second period came from Monaco. They broke down their left, crossed it in, Ben Yedder hit the right hand post on the stretch and the ball rebounded back off Ramsdale and somehow squirted wide of the far post. Golovin had another opportunity which was easy for the Arsenal keeper, but the chances were worryingly good for the opposition.
At the other end, Martinelli fired over after Vieira set him up following good work from Partey, and around the hour mark, Arteta made changes as Martin Odegaard, Jorginho, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney, Kai Havertz, Ben White, and Leandro Trossard replaced Martinelli, Timber, Smith Rowe, Saliba, Rice, Tomiyasu, and Partey.
Gabriel picked up a booking for a foul on Minamino after the Japan international did him on the turn, and Ben Yedder followed him into the book for a similar foul on Vieira. Trossard was sent through by Jorginho but saw his effort saved, and the Belgian then set up Odegaard who fired over the bar.
Ramsdale was forced into a save after a Fofana shot deflected off Gabriel, Vieira forced Kohn into a good save with a right-footed shot, and Gabriel headed over from a corner as we headed into the final 10 minutes of normal time.
Marquinhos replaced goalscorer Nketiah with 8 minutes to go, meaning Trossard went central with the substitute taking his place on the left. There was nothing much in the way of chances in the final few minutes, and after two minutes of added time the final whistle blew.
A penalty shoot-out was going to happen anyway, but with the game drawn, the destination of the cup was now dependent on it. It went as follows, Monaco shooting first.
Enriques ⚽️ 0-1
Odegaard ⚽️ 1-1
Fofana ⚽️ 1-2
Joringho ⚽️ 2-2
Diatta ⚽️ 2-3
Havertz ⚽️ 3-3
Minamino ❌ (Ramsdale save) 3-3
Vieira ⚽️ 4-3
Some bloke ⚽️ 4-4
Gabriel ⚽️ 5-4