Arsenal beat Lyon 3-0 in a pleasant in Dubai on Thursday as these gamers not concerned within the World Cup in Qatar kicked off their preparations for the return of the Premier League later this month.
All thee targets on the Al Maktoum Stadium got here within the first half. Gabriel started the scoring within the nineteenth minute with a header from a nook earlier than Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira added quickfire efforts within the thirty third and thirty ninth minutes.
Regardless of being with out 10 gamers who’ve been in motion with their nationwide groups in Qatar, Mikel Arteta fielded his strongest potential lineup from these gamers remaining. Captain Martin Odegaard, winger Reiss Nelson and midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Sambi Lokonga additionally began in entrance of a again 4 of Cedric, Gabriel, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney.
Lyon’s lineup beneath former France coach Laurent Blanc featured ex-Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette however the 31-year-old failed to seek out the online in opposition to his former employers earlier than being taken off within the second half.
Each groups made wholesale modifications within the second half, with Arteta calling on a number of members of Arsenal’s under-21 aspect, although there weren’t additional targets.
As a part of the Dubai Tremendous Cup, a penalty shootout passed off after full-time, with Arsenal successful 2-1 thanks to a few saves from goalkeeper Karl Hein to choose up an additional level.
Arteta’s aspect, who went into the World Cup break with a 5 level lead over Manchester Metropolis on the prime of the Premier League desk, will resume their league marketing campaign in opposition to West Ham on Boxing Day.