Arsenal continue USA tour with victory against Bayern Munich (1-2)
18 July, 2019
Arsenal faced Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles. Unai Emery named a completely different starting eleven to the side which started against Colorado Rapids in the 0-3 win earlier in the week.
The first half saw Arsenal settle into the game quicker. The Gunners’ front three of Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lacazette were combining well with Ozil, Xhaka and Willock in midfield, while Maitland-Niles was getting forward down the right wing at every opportunity. Mkhitaryan, Xhaka and Aubameyang all had chances to open the scoring and at the other end Leno was forced into action to keep out Muller and Ontuzans. Ozil was sent through by Aubameyang near the end of the half but he struck his shot straight at Neuer in the Bayern goal.
The second half saw Arsenal continue to attack and the deadlock was broken in the 50th minute after Poznanski turned an Aubameyang cross into his own net. Unai Emery’s team were on the hunt for a second goal and came close on two occasions. Aubameyang couldn’t quite get on the end of a driven Kolasinac cross, then Nelson had a great chance but was denied by excellent defending from Kimmich. With twenty minutes left on the clock, Bayern equalised through Lewandowski. The Polish striker rose to meet former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry’s cross and headed past Martinez. Unai Emery made four more substitutions in the 80th minute, and three of the players to enter the pitch combined to get a late winner for the Gunners. John-Jules and Chambers exchanged passes before laying it on a plate for Nketiah to finish. The game ended in a 1-2 win for Arsenal.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal squad leave L.A. on Friday and head for Charlotte where they will face Fiorentina on Saturday.