Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report

"It's always nice to play with your old team-mates, with Aubameyang and Sokratis".

The Gunners opened the game in typical manner, maintaining a clear domination of the ball that led to the first chance on 22 minutes, Jan Oblak reacting quickly to Alexandre Lacazette's snapshot at the near-post.

I think Aaron is an important player for us.

Arsenal will now play PSG on Saturday in their next match.

"It's every day. He's starting today's match because his performances have been good in every training session".

The keeper Adan stepped up to take Atletico's fifth penalty and buried it off the crossbar to win the game.

Simeone was also happy with his youthful side, who were deputising for senior players like Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Koke.

Both sides started with unfamiliar line-ups but Arsenal were the dominant force in the first half before they were hit with a sucker-punch four minutes from the break.

The Arsenal squad have been working hard under new head coach Unai Emery at London Colney and his backroom staff in a bid to hit the ground running when they take on Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday, August 12.

Arsenal released a statement from the chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, on Wednesday saying Gazidis remains fully committed to the club but reports in Italy continue to claim he is set to be appointed to a similar role at San Siro following the takeover of Milan by the U.S. hedge fund Elliot Management.

The German, starting ahead of Petr Cech in goal, otherwise had little to do as Arsenal, employing Emery's trademark high press, kept Atletico in their own half.

Smith-Rowe, who along with fellow teenagers Reiss Nelson and Guendouzi impressed throughout, then levelled with a brilliant goal, slaloming in from the left, beating two defenders and then curling past Adan.

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