Arsenal continued their unbeaten preseason tour with a victory over Bayern Munich at the Shanghai Stadium. The Gunners needed the lottery of penalties to defeat a side that tossed them out of the Champions League last season. You haven’t forgotten 10-2, have you?
Robert Lewandowski opened scoring in the 8th minute from the penalty spot but his goal was cancelled out in the third minute of added time by Alex Iwobi. Iwobi stole the ball from Sanches and fed Ramsey who delivered a good cross for the Nigerian to score his first of the tour.
It was a hot and humid Chinese night with Arsene Wenger describing conditions as “a shock” compared to the freezing nights in Australia.
In a day that Arsenal announced the sale of Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus, Emi Martinez saved two spot kicks in the resulting penalty shoot out to give Arsenal the victory (3-2).
There were cases of food poisoning in the Arsenal team but they honoured the match and even played with some affected players. Per Metersacker and Olivier Giroud both missed out. Saed Kolasinac was subbed off before half-time. Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey both finished the game unwell.
Would you take this as a revenge to that defeat in the Champions League? This may buttress points that the red cards skewed the performance towards the Bavarians that night. In Shanghai, Arsenal played with a back three of Monreal, Bielik and El Neny and still kept the Germans at bay.
Worry not. It is only pre-season. International Champions Cup in the kitty. Chelsea is next on Saturday.
I hope to talk about Woj tomorrow. I am pained.