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Arsenal 1 Sevilla 2: Gunners win Emirates Cup on goals scored as Steven N’Zonzi scores wonder goal for La Liga side

 

Club-record signing Alexandre Lazazette scored to equalise for his side in the second half to cancel out Joaquin Correa’s opener

Bizarrely, Sevilla were not crowned as champions despite two victories, as they scored fewer goals than the North London club, with a point awarded for each goal.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after netting to equalise for Arsenal in the second half

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after netting to equalise for Arsenal in the second half

The French forward tapped home against Sevilla after brilliant play from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The French forward tapped home against Sevilla after brilliant play from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Strikes from Joaquin Correa and a stunner from former Stoke star Steven N’Zonzi left Arsenal with more questions than answers.

The only real positive was a first goal at the Emirates for record signing Alexandre Lacazette, but overall it was not the result of performance Arsene Wenger has in mind days before the season opener at home to Leicester City.

The Gunners started brightly as Laurent Koscielny rose the highest from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s corner, but his header was straight at keeper David Sonia.

Minutes later the home defence was cut open by a clever pass from Ever Banega to send Wissam Ben Yedder through on goal, but the post saved Arsenal.

Contract rebel Oxalde-Chamberlain was in the unfamiliar role of left wing-back – but was not afraid of getting to the by-line an crossing with his weaker foot, and put in a great cross for Hector Bellerin who somehow skied his shot from six yards.

More problems for the Gunners defence as Sevilla midfielder Daniel Carrico was left unmarked from a corner, but his tame header went wide.

Joaquin Correa opened the scoring at the Emirates with a cool finish early on in the second half

Joaquin Correa opened the scoring at the Emirates with a cool finish early on in the second half

Sevilla players celebrate after Steven N’Zonzi scored a scorcher in North London

Sevilla players celebrate after Steven N’Zonzi scored a scorcher in North London

With the big money arrival of Lacazette- It’s a big season for Danny Welbeck.

The forward burst through on 30 minutes but his reluctance unlike the Ox to have a go with his weaker foot left the home fans frustrated as his poor shot hit the side netting.

Aaron Ramsey went close when he bundled his way into the box, but his curling shot was too high and wide.

Nolito nearly stunned the North London crown on his quick return to England – the former Manchester City winger tried his luck with a long-range volley that had Peter Cech scrambling.

The breakthrough came right at the start of the second half – the Arsenal defence fell asleep as Ben Yedder combined with Joaquin Correa who slid the ball past the onrushing Cech for the opener.

Arsenal players celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette dispatched his attempt as he tapped in at the back post

Arsenal players celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette dispatched his attempt as he tapped in at the back post

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Steven N'Zonzi scored arguably the greatest goal of his career, but it wasn't enough to win the Emirates Cup

Steven N’Zonzi scored arguably the greatest goal of his career, but it wasn’t enough to win the Emirates Cup

Lacazette nearly got his first Emirates goal after a clever touch from Ramsey but his first time shot was straight at Soria.

He made up for it moments later when the Ox raided down the right and Welbeck’s scuffed shot fell to the French striker for his first of what should be plenty of goals in front of the Gunners faithful.

The goal came at just the right time as Arsene Wenger’s side started to struggle as the visitors took control of midfield lead by the towering and stylish Steven N’Zonzi.

The French midfielder restored the spaniards least with a stunning strike on 70 minutes.

Out of nothing with his weaker left foot and under no pressure – N’Zonzi stroked the ball into the top corner from a loose throw in, Cech could only watch as the ball sailed in over his head.

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4132558/arsenal-1-sevilla-2-gunners-win-emirates-cup-on-goals-scored-as-steven-nzonzi-scores-wonder-goal-for-la-liga-side/

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