Arsenal wrapped up their pre-season with what should have been a morale boosting 3-2 win against Manchester City in Gothenburg, however, the match ended in tears for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who had to be stretchered off with what looked like an ankle ligament injury that no doubt will rule him out of action for a few months, thereby further limiting Arsenal’s options at centre back heading into the new season.
The match itself was an exciting affair, with Arsenal dominating the first half, but unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey both should have done better with headed chances that came their way, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired wide with a delicate chip.
The Gunners were made to pay for those misses as Sergio Aguero ghosted into the Arsenal box unmarked and tucked home from close range after having been found by Raheem Sterling’s right wing cross.
Arsenal didn’t take long in the second half to draw level with Alex Iwobi doing well to control a wayward Theo Walcott cross, before taking a touch and firing the ball past Joe Hart into the far corner.
The Gunners took the lead in the 73rd minute as Alexis Sanchez played through a perfect ball for Theo Walcott, who dinked the ball over Hart to score for the second pre-season game running. It was a very classy finish from a player who needs a good season for Arsenal this time around.
Arsenal appeared to make the game safe when Chuba Akpom became Arsenal’s top scorer in pre-season, grabbing his fourth coming off the bench and stroking the ball into an empty net after some Arsenal pressure high up the pitch forced a fumble from Hart.
Arsenal’s two goal cushion was shortlived as Jesus Navas produced a gem of a cross giving Iheanacho a free header from a couple of yards out to half the deficit.
Petr Cech produced an excellent save shortly after to deny Yaya Toure, but the game ended on a disappointing note for Arsenal with Gabriel forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher and he will return to North London sadly on crutches.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin (Debuchy 76′), Holding (Chambers 46′), Gabriel (Bielik 90+7′), Monreal (Gibbs 76′), Coquelin, Xhaka (Elneny 46′), Ramsey (Cazorla 63′), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott 46′), Alexis (Akpom 78′), Iwobi (Campbell 69′)
Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Ospina, Walcott, Cazorla, Chambers, Martinez, Campbell, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Elneny, Bielik, Zelalem, Willock
Manchester City: Caballero (Hart 46′), Zabaleta, Fernando (Zinchenko 80′), Kolarov, Clichy, Fernandinho, Silva, Delph (Toure 68′), Nolito (Navas 63′), Sterling, Aguero (Iheanacho 68′)
Subs: Hart, Sagna, Navas, De Bruyne, Denayer, Zinchenko, Toure, Maffeo, Adarabioyo, Tasende, Iheanacho, Garcia
Final Score: Arsenal 3-2 Man City
Arsenal Scorers: Iwobi 50′, Walcott 73′, Akpom 85′
Man City Scorers: Agüero 30′, Iheanacho 87′