Arsenal opened their preseason campaign with a 2-0 victory over Australian side Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium.
The Gunners took the lead through a header from veteran German centre-back Per Mertesacker on four minutes. England international Danny Welbeck missed a penalty kick.
However, the big moment Arsenal fans will have been waiting for happened on 83 minutes. Club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette came midway through the second half and made a quick impact.
Alex Iwobi cut the ball back to the striker, who fired home to seal the victory for the Gunners. Everybody connected with the Gunners will be happy that the striker opened his scoring account so early his career at the north London club.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to field a few youngsters in the shape of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Cohen Bramall, who all made their first appearances for the Gunners first team.
The trio produced promising displays and Arsenal fans will no doubt see more of the trio in the upcoming preseason games, although they are unlikely to feature next season in the first team.
Nelson was perhaps the liveliest of the trio, as he showed great pace, movement and willingness to take the ball former from right wing-back. At just 17, he was arguably the Gunners best player against the inferior Australian team.
Another player to make his Arsenal debut was Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac, who started as a left-side centre-back. The former Schalke made a solid start in the Gunners backline.
The score rather flattered the home side, as goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was busy and pulled off a number of impressive saves.
Wenger’s side faces a busy couple of weeks. Arsene Wenger’s side faces Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday at the same stadium before heading to participate in the International Champions Cup in China, where they will face Bayern Munich and London rivals Chelsea.
Preseason is all about new players settling in and youngsters impressing. The Gunners have impressed in previous preseason campaigns with some impressive results.
However, the Gunners will be determined to head into the season in the best shape possible, ahead of a gruelling campaign that kicks off in just under a month.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently odds of 11/1 to win the Premier League title. However, if Lacazette can continue to get to know his teammates and score goals, who know where his goals can take the Gunners in the new campaign.
Who stood out for you for Arsenal against Sydney?