Alexandre Lacazette made a stunning start to his Arsenal career by scoring on his debut to wrap up a 2-0 victory over Sydney FC.
The striker netted within 14 minutes of coming off the substitutes’ bench late on at a sold-out ANZ Stadium to mark his arrival for a club-record fee in style.
It had looked until that point that a fourth-minute strike from Per Mertesacker, magnificent during the FA Cup final in his last Gunners appearance, would be the only goal of the game.
Danny Welbeck had a controversial second-half penalty saved by Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, whose impressive performance ensured the match remained in the balance until Lacazette’s late intervention.
The match was Arsenal’s first pre-season encounter, with a friendly against Western Sydney Wanderers to follow on Saturday.
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