It’s an encouraging start to life with the Gunners for Unai Emery.
The Spaniard was the unexpected replacement for Arsene Wenger following his Arsenal departure during the spring. Though not as big a name as some of those in the mix for the Arsenal job, Emery had won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, and joined from Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won the Ligue 1.
He has since made some moves in the transfer window, and though headline signing Lucas Torreira wasn’t in action today against PSG in the International Champions Cup, some of the signings made fared well in Singapore.
Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi started for the Gunners at the National Stadium, but it was a troubled veteran in Mesut Ozil who opened the scoring.
The German has had a dramatic run-in with his country’s own footballing system, but was able to grab the first goal after a superb Henrikh Mkhitaryan through ball sent Pierre Emerick Aubameyang into yards of space.
PSG had to wait until the hour mark for their equaliser, with Christopher Nkunku converting from the penalty spot.
Arsenal’s undoubted attacking potential came to the fore in the final 25 minutes, though. Emile Smith Rowe, the latest of a crop of talented three-named English youngsters, set up Alexandre Lacazette in the 67th minute, before the Frenchman, left with something to prove having been left out of France’s World Cup winning squad, got his second within five minutes.
Defender Rob Holding sent home a quality header late on to really put the tie beyond the French champions, before Eddie Nketiah showed more of his promise scoring confidently deep into injury time.
Both of those goals were set up by another English prospect in Reiss Nelson, though whether this youth-centric outfit signals Emery’s intentions at Arsenal remains to be seen.
Next up is a London derby against Chelsea on Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m.
You can see the highlights from today’s win below.