Arsenal 3-0 Lyon: Fabio Vieira, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel give Premier League leaders the perfect start to Dubai tournament… before they win a DREADFUL penalty shootout for a bonus point!
- Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira scored in the 3-0 win in Dubai
- Mikel Arteta gave opportunities to the club’s academy players in the second half
- Arsenal claimed a bonus point after winning 2-1 in a penalty shootout
- The Gunners will face AC Milan in their second Dubai Super Cup match
Arsenal warmed up for the resumption of the Premier League season in style by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 win over Lyon in the first of their Dubai Super Cup fixtures.
First-half goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira gave Mikel Arteta’s side the advantage at the interval against the Ligue 1 outfit.
The cushion allowed Arteta to make wholesale changes in the second half and he brought several youngsters off the bench as the Gunners saw out the victory.
Gabriel Magalhaes headed Arsenal into an early lead from a Martin Odegaard corner
Eddie Nketiah was on target as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Lyon in the Dubai Super Cup
Arsenal secured a bonus point by winning a penalty shootout 2-1, with goalkeeper Karl Hein making four saves in a low-quality contest.
Arteta named a strong side for the first half, with Martin Odegaard, Nketiah and Vieira making an early impression.
Reiss Nelson struck the base of the Lyon post in the opening minutes of the contest after strong work from Nketiah before Gabriel headed over from an Odegaard free-kick.
Fabio Vieira, right, scored a stunning third as Arsenal dominated Lyon in the first half
Mikel Arteta made 10 changes in the second half as Arsenal comfortably saw out the victory
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Hein; Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga, Nelson, Odegaard, Vieira; Nketiah.
Subs: Hillson, Foran, Walters, Sousa, Smith, Cirjan, Lewis-Skelly, Cozier-Duberry, Nwaneri, Marquinhos, Sagoe Jr, Butler-Oyedeji
Scorers: Gabriel 19 , Nketiah 33, Vieira 39
Manager: Mikel Arteta
LYON (4-4-2): Lopes; Gusto, Diomande, Lukeba, Henrique; Tolisso, Aouar, Caqueret, Faivre; Dembele, Lacazette
Subs: Riou, Kumbedi, Laaziri, Sarr, Da Silva, Lepenant, Mendes, Bonnevie, Barcola, Reine-Adelaide, Tete, Cherki.
Manager: Laurent Blanc
The Brazilian then made no mistake from a corner, which followed Vieira being denied when one-on-one, as he planted a firm header beyond Anthony Lopes from Odegaard’s delivery.
Nketiah doubled Arsenal’s advantage at the half hour mark as his low effort found the bottom corner after being sent clear by Vieira following a swift counter.
A fine first-half for Arteta’s side was crowned by Vieira. The Portuguese midfielder curled an unstoppable left-footed shot into the top corner following a free-flowing move to give the Gunners a three-goal lead at the break.
Marquinhos was introduced by Arteta as a half-time substitute for Vieira. The Brazilian was denied his own stunning goal by Lopes, with the Lyon goalkeeper turning his curling effort onto the crossbar.
Arteta made nine further substitutions in the second half, with Catalin Cirjan becoming the third Arsenal player to strike the woodwork in the contest.
After Arsenal’s youngsters cruised to the end of the 90 minutes, they then claimed a bonus point by winning 2-1 on penalties.
Marquinhos and Matt Smith scored with Arsenal’s opening efforts of the shootout, before Cirjan saw an attempted Panenka comfortably saved.
Amorio Cozier-Duberry was also denied before Reuell Walters blazed over when presented with the chance to win the shootout.
Karl Hein saved four Lyon penalties as Arsenal secured a bonus point with a 2-1 shootout win
Arsenal renewed acquaintances with former forward Alexander Lacazette in Dubai
The worst penalty was saved until last as Rayan Cherki’s Panenka was caught by Hein, with the Estonian making his fourth save.
The result gives Arsenal four points at the start of the friendly competition, which also features Liverpool and AC Milan.
Arsenal will face the Italian champions on Tuesday before flying back to London to continue their preparations for the resumption of the Premier League season.
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