The Unai Emery era has started with a comprehensive 8-0 win over Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.
The Spaniard picked a strong starting line-up for his debut match, including a debut in defence for Sokratis, and it paid dividends immediately as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a delightful curler from the edge of the area.
A darting run and cross by Ainsley Maitland-Niles helped the Gabon international to grab a second with his head. And the striker completed his hat-trick on 15 minutes, smashing home a penalty after Reiss Nelson was felled.
A fine finish by Nelson, he controlled with his chest and volleyed into the top corner, made it four, before Aubameyang’s through ball freed Alex Lacazette to make it 5-0 before the break.
The Gunners made eleven changes at the break and the goals kept coming.
Eddie Nketiah, who spent the summer scoring for the England under-21s, converted a Lucas Perez cross at the near post to make it six.
The Jeff smacked home a low drive from long range and, after Matteo Guendouzi came on for his debut, Henrikh Mkhitaryan finished off a nice backheel from Nketiah.
A fun and promising start for Unai Emery’s squad. It’s back to the training ground for the next week before we fly to Singapore to take on Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint German.
First half XI
Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Second half XI
Martinez, Jenkinson, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Chambers, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, The Jeff (later replaced by Guendouzi), Perez, Nketiah
You can check out the highlights below
Match Highlights: Boreham Wood 0-8 Arsenal (2018). pic.twitter.com/RiejBSIPf3
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