Arsenal Defeated Lyon Three-Nil In Dubai Friendly Before Premier League Returns

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On Thursday, the soccer players who were not competing in the WC in Qatar  For Arsenal began preparing for the resumption of the PL by defeating OL three to nil in a mid-season friendly in Dubai.

At Al Maktoum Stadium, all three goals were scored in the opening period. Nketiah as well as Fabio Vieira then quickly scored further goals in the thirty-third and thirty-ninth minutes after Gabriel’s strike from a deflected shot in the nineteenth minute.

Mikel Arteta chose his strongest team possible from the soccer players left despite being missing ten players who had been in play with respective national sides in Qatar. In addition to the team’s captain, Elneny, Reiss Nelson the winger, and mideos Sambi Lokonga as well as the captain himself began before a backline of 4 defenders consisting of Cedric, Rob Holding, Gabriel and Tierney.

Arsenal Beat Lyon Even Without Their First Eleven:

Former Arsenal attacker Alexandre Lacazette was in Lyon’s starting XI under previous France coach Blanc, however the thirty-one-year-old struggled to convert versus his old bosses before being substituted in the 2nd half.

In the 2nd half, both sides made significant adjustments, and Arteta brought in a number of players from Arsenal’s under-21 squad, but no new goals were scored.

After regulation, there was a tiebreaker as part of both the Dubai Super Cup, and Arsenal came out on top 2-1 courtesy to 3 saves by keeper Karl Hein to earn the additional point.

When they take against Serie A winners Milan on Tuesday, Arsenal’s involvement in the showcase competition will come to an end. Liverpool is the 4th participant in the tournament.

The PL season for Arteta’s team will return on Boxing Day against West Ham. Arteta’s team entered the WC break with a 5 point advantage over Man City at the top of the leaderboard.

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