The Gunners club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette, has scored his first goal for his new side helping them to a 2-0 victory over Sydney FC in Australia.
The France striker who only began training with Arsenal on Tuesday, entered the pitch in the 68th minute of play in the preseason friendly. He showed some neat early touches, dropping deep to link up play and involving his new team-mates as often as possible.
Then 15 minutes later and the 26-year-old forward opened his account as he ran into the box impeccably before connecting crisply with the ball to side foot home Alex Iwobi’s low cross from the right.
He had proved his worth and value to the delight of 80,432 spectators at Olympic Stadium Sydney, in their first visit to Australia in over 40 years.
It wasn’t the hardest of goals to score for Lacazette, who was wearing the number 9 jersey, but his predatory finish was maybe a glimpse of what is to come.
Captain Per Mertesacker had scored the opening goal 4 minutes into the game after Sydney failed to clear a corner, leaving Mertesacker to shoot, an acrobatic effort that finds the bottom right-hand corner.
After the game Wenger spoke of the importance of that first goal for Lacazette: “It is important for him to get that off his shoulders because you expect to score if you are a striker.
“You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us.
“We had tough opposition because they fought for every ball but at the end of the day their goalkeeper was the man of the match.”
Wenger’s men face the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday in the second of six games on tour.