Arsenal suffered their second defeat of pre-season as Sevilla ran out 2-1 winners on the second day of the Emirates Cup. The Gunners, who yesterday hammered Benfica 5-2, still claimed the trophy on goals scored, just pipping their Spanish opponents.
The best of the action came in the second half as Alexandre Lacazette grabbed his second goal of pre-season to cancel out Joaquin Correa’s opener. Steven Nzonzi’s stunning effort on 69 minutes proved to be the winner.
Both sides had chances to score in a well-balanced first half but unlike yesterday’s goal-fest with Benfica, there was a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
Ben Yedder hit the post for the visitors on 14 minutes, there were claims for a penalty when a cross hit Jo Willock on the arm and Nolito had Petr Cech scrambling after a well hit volley that dipped wide.
At the other end, Bellerin, who looked rusty, skied a half volley at the back post after great work down the left flank by Chamberlain, Welbeck toed wide after a strong charge and Ramsey fashioned a chance for himself with a tenacious bit of dribbling only to fluff the shot.
Alexandre Lacazette looked destined to tap home a Welbeck cross before Nicolas Pareja made a vital interception. Laurent Koscielny was forced into a similarly impressive piece of defending in the final seconds of the half after the defence fluffed an attempt to play offside.
Four minutes after the restart, the Spaniards broke the deadlock. Neat interplay sliced through the Gunners leaving Joaquin Correa one-on-one with Cech. The Argentine produced a deft finish.
In response, Arsenal stepped up the pace and Lacazette, who was quiet in the first half, tested Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal after nice build-up work by Ramsey and Ozil.
The France international didn’t have to wait too long for another opportunity and when it finally came, following great work by Chamberlain and a trademark fluffed shot assist by Welbeck, he found the net. The record-signing looked relieved to have his first goal at the Emirates.
Lacazette equalises for Arsenal. 1-1 pic.twitter.com/pM3hadTPNn
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) July 30, 2017
Sevilla restored their lead on 68 minutes as ex-Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi channelled his inner Yaya Toure to wand a curling effort into the top corner past a stranded Petr Cech.
Ramsey curled an effort wide from the edge of the box as Arsenal huffed and puffed in their quest for an equaliser but the Spaniards held on.