Lacazette, Arsenal's newcomers show plenty of promise in friendly win

Liverpool should sign Giroud, suggests Saunders

Liverpool should sign Giroud, suggests Saunders

"At the moment I'm still an Arsenal player so I'll try to be professional like always and prepare well for next season", he told Sky Sports in Sydney, where the Gunners are conducting their pre-season tour.

JOSE MOURINHO has praised Arsenal for the not bowing to public pressure to get rid of Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says teenager Reiss Nelson is "very close" to more first-team action after his dazzling performance in the Gunners' 2-0 pre-season friendly win in Australia.

Captain Per Mertesacker opened the scoring in just the fourth minute as he volleyed the visitors in front. "We will see about my future".

Next season will be equally trying, with the Gunners travelling to arch nemesis Stoke City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the first few games and their recent record suggest that they are more likely to fall short that come out with the goods.

Wenger also explained why Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey were not involved in Sydney, saying: "Laurent is suspended for the first two games (of the season), so I didn't take a gamble". They are young, just 17 or 18, so that is very promising.

Arsenal's other summer signing was deployed as one of Wenger's three centre-backs, a slight surprise given that Kolasinac is expected to play mainly as a left-back or wing-back.

He added: "He wants to play as high as he possibly as he can and I'm not sure West Ham are going to be right at the top".

Surprisingly there weren't many changes at half time for Arsenal as Emi Martinez replaced Cech so the fans had to wait a bit longer to see their new signing Alexandre Lacazette. I hope Alexis stays but I don't know what the status is, to be honest.

Then 16, he trialled at Highbury for a fortnight and almost had pen to paper when the club made a decision to sign a 15-year-old Wojciech Szczesny instead.

New Western Sydney skipper Robbie Cornthwaite has wasted no time getting under Sydney FC's skin, declaring the Wanderers will put on a superior show against Arsenal to what the A-League champions managed.

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