Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pleased with early transfer business

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He may have made the briefest of cameo appearances in Arsenal's opening pre-season match against Sydney FC in Australia, yet Alexandre Lacazette showed within 15 minutes of his debut why Gunners boss Arsene Wenger chose to spend big on the 26-year-old striker.

Iwobi sprinted down the right before taking his time to pick out Lacazette, who slotted home the Gunners' second.

"Since I've been in the game you have it at 18 years of age or you haven't got it, "said Wenger".

"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".

"At the end of the day I would say their goalkeeper was man of the match". "I'm focused on my pre-season".

One reason was weak finishing, an issue club-record signing Lacazette promptly resolved in the 83rd minute with a run timed to perfection, much to the delight of the 80,432 fans.

He was soon dropping deep, hustling Sydney's blue shirts in a bid to regain possession and link up play, but for all his athleticism, there were moments of guile, too. Wenger has brought a number of youngsters on the trip and included four in the starting line-up.

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Wenger is still being linked with Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, but PSG ready to offer the 19 year old €12m wages a year, with Real Madrid waiting in the wings.

It only took 15 minutes to happen but it did happen. It was a similar pattern after the break with Arsenal creating and wasting chances. After discussions with the Sydney players Danny Welbeck stepped up and had his penalty saved, in all fairness he didn't seem like he wanted to score knowing it shouldn't have been a penalty.

The 26-year-old Frenchman, who came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, scored in the 83rd minute.

The game drew 83,221 fans for a two-game total of 163,653 for Arsenal's visit.

"As I was about to play my first match (for Nigeria) Roy Hodgson was in contact with Arsenal saying they'd like me to get involved with the under-21s but my mind was made up".

The new Gunners signing Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal in his debut against Sydney FC.

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