Arsenal completed their final pre-season match with a convincing 2-0 victory over Serie A side Lazio at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Pre-season… finished 👊
We end with a 2-0 win over Lazio in Stockholm 🇸🇪
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 4, 2018
Reiss Nelson and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got on the scoresheet as Arsenal ended their pre-season preparations with a win against Lazio in Sweden.
The Gunners delivered debuts to summer signings Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner who recently returned after their world cup venture. There was plenty of enthusiasm surrounding Torreira’s appearance but it was his fellow debutant Lichtsteiner, who almost produced the opening goal for Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman’s first-time volley was blocked out by Silvio Proto at his near post. Overall, the Swiss right-back looked stable on his first appearance for the club and so did Lucas Torreira.
— Stephan Lichtsteiner (@LichtsteinerSte) August 4, 2018
At the other end, the Gunners were almost caught when Felipe Caicedo‘s shot flew wide of the near post but minutes later they were in front as Nelson maintained his excellent pre-season form. Alex Iwobi‘s shot bounced off the foot of the post direct to the 18-year-old, who hit into a vacant net from close range in the 18th minute. Calum Chambers deserves an important mention too. It was his confident run out of defence and accurate pass to Nelson that allowed the eventual goalscorer to find Iwobi in place on the left. He cut the deadlock with a close-range goal after Alex Iwobi’s shot had ricocheted off the far post.
Arsenal made few substitutions at the break as Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi replaced Nelson and Eddie Nketiah before Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi gave way for Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Aubameyang secured his goal in the 64th minute after a cool lay-off by Lacazette. Mohamed Elneny had made his way into the box under harsh pressure and found Alex Lacazette. The striker was conscious enough to place the ball off for Aubameyang and his shot found the bottom corner through a deflection.
The competition lost its rhythm as both teams proceeded to make substitutions but Arsenal had a couple of late opportunities, Proto saving out Aubameyang’s long-range shot out before preventing Mkhitaryan’s effort on the rebound.
Pre season results
Arsenal 8-0 Boreham Wood
Arsenal 9-0 Crawley
Arsenal 1-1 Ath. Madrid (pen 1-3)
Arsenal 5-1 PSG
Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (pen 6-5)
Arsenal 2-0 Lazio
Ready for the new season!
Come on you Gunners!!! pic.twitter.com/q9EP3Nmnoe
— ARSENAL (@tomgunner14) August 4, 2018
Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway with a clash against the titleholders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.