Arsene Wenger hails Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock impact

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2017

The Gunners had to wait nearly another 80 minutes before finding the back of the net again when new French signing Alexandre Lacazette celebrated his debut goal for the club following some good work out wide from another sub Alex Iwobi.

"They all did well today, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock as well had a very strong performance". "Some people asked me if I am going to travel or not and of course, I am [an] Arsenal player and, for the moment, I am here, so I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later".

Manager Arsene Wenger used Giroud primarily as a substitute last season as the 30-year-old made 18 of his 29 league appearances off the bench and started in just three of Arsenal's eight Champions League matches.

Lacazette, who scored 35 goals for Lyon last season, became the Gunners' most expensive signing earlier in the month by signing a five-year deal worth over £50million.

Arsenal rotated the squad nearly exactly as you'd have expected following the 2-0 win over Sydney FC, this time for Western Sydney Wanderers. "Because we expect strikers to score".

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Danny Welbeck ought to have doubled the lead after the break but saw his penalty saved, before Lacazette was introduced with 20 minutes to go. After 35 minutes, the visitors had registered 15 shots.

Iwobi, the man who provided the assist, took to Twitter soon after the game to express his joy.

Iwobi pulled the ball back and Lacazette was waiting from seven yards out to divert the ball past Redmayne, ensuring that Arsenal are up and running with a convincing win.

In injury time we were lucky that Martinez kept his concentration levels high as he quickly reacted to a poor Mohamed Elneny back pass to keep the ball out of the Arsenal goal.

For the Western Sydney Wanderers, to have the opportunity to play against Arsenal on a global stage - and in front of a packed ANZ Stadium - is incredible for everyone involved with our club.

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