Arsenal ends the preseason on a high. The guys defeated hated foe Chelsea 6-5 in PK shootout.
The Daily Mail:”Alexandre Lacazette scored a last-minute equaliser for Arsenal before seeing his side win on penalties in Dublin against Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Antonio Rudiger scored the opener for Chelsea at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin before Petr Cech denied Alvaro Morata a confidence booster by saving his penalty.
It proved costly as a low cross from Reiss Nelson found Lacazette, who tapped in at the back post with the last kick of the game, much to Sarri’s annoyance.
It went to penalties and Emery’s Arsenal won 6-5, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek the culprit who missed his spot-kick. Alex Iwobi scored the winner.
This tie served as a precursor to their Premier League meeting later this month and it gave us a taste of what will come this season.
In a bid to have ‘Sarri-ball’ take shape ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester City, Chelsea’s players have been put through daily double sessions.
It seemed to be in full flow in the first half of this International Champions Cup fixture as Arsenal struggled to handle their fellow Londoners.
Chelsea’s pretty passing was easy on the eye and £57million summer signing Jorginho once again starred in the centre, everything going through him.
Cesc Fabregas was roundly booed whenever on the ball and the former Arsenal player forced Cech into tipping over a shot in the opening minutes.
From the resulting corner, Chelsea took the lead. Fabregas crossed and found an unmarked Rudiger, who headed home to hand the west Londoners the lead.
Ten minutes later, Chelsea should have taken a 2-0 lead when Callum Hudson-Odoi out-ran Hector Bellerin before drawing a foul out of the defender.
Morata stepped up to take it, days after becoming a father to twin boys, but Cech saved by diving to his right.
The striker, who has a habit of looking low on confidence, later forced Cech into a save after being played through by Hudson-Odoi, who was running Bellerin ragged.
Then, finally, an Arsenal chance, but they could not make it count.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered a sitter as he allowed the ball to trickle through his legs after a low cross. The replays on the big screen only made the miss look worse.
Chelsea had another chance to make it 2-0 shortly before the break when Hudson-Odoi broke through and had only Cech to beat. He aimed low, but the Arsenal No 1 saved with his legs.
Iwobi later thought he had equalised in the dying moments when he aimed for the bottom corner. Chelsea goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who had replaced Willy Caballero, had other ideas.
He got down low to his right to deny Iwobi, keeping Chelsea’s 1-0 lead intact.
Yet soon after, Lacazette got his goal, sending it to a penalty shootout. Loftus-Cheek, who returned early from his post-World Cup holidays to impress Sarri, missed and that was that.