Final time — Arsenal wins 2-1
90+1 — John-Jules nearly nabs a goal of his own. Delivered the ball with an open shot on goal, he sends it skyward.
87’ — GOAL ARSENAL! Süle struggles to contain Nketiah, who still manages to find space for a shot. The ball is deflected out of bounds, and Arsenal convert on the corner. John-Jules wins the ball out of the scramble and sends a cross across the face of goal to Nketiah, who bodily sends it across the line.
84’ — Kimmich is brought down by a late tackle, giving Bayern a free kick well outside the box. Kimmich plays the ball to Coman on the left. He takes a low shot at the near corner, but Leno saves it.
81’ — Arsenal is finally treating this match more like a preseason friendly. Nketiah comes on for Lacazette, and John-Jules replaces Özil.
80’ — Gnabry takes a wicked shot at Leno, but the keeper won’t give him a goal against his former club. Within the same minute, Coman fires an absolute rocket an inch wide of goal. The ball hammers the advertising boards with an audible thwack before Leno even lands from his dive. A shame it missed!
71’ — GOAL BAYERN! He makes it look so easy. Gnabry receives the ball out right and fires a cross inside to Lewandowski. The Pole leaps and sends a perfect header back to the right into the far corner from where he’s standing.
70’ — Kimmich saves the bacon for Bayern by throwing himself in front of a shot by Nelson.
67’ — Another scary moment in front of Bayern’s goal. Auba flubs perfect cross from Kolasinac across the face of goal.
64’ — Some substitutions for Arsenal. Mkhitarian is replaced by Nelson, and Willock comes off for Burton.
60’ — Coman flies mast poor Maitland-Niles again in a flurry of step-overs. This time he drives all the way to the near post, where he is denied by Leno.
58’ — Kingsley Coman came to play. The winger pulls a high-speed Cruyff far up the left flank, leaving his man — Maitland-Niles — in the dust. If only he could have found an opening after it!
54’ — What a pass! Goretzka delivers a through-ball clear through Arsenal’s lines to Gnabry, but he can’t get the shot off. Leno makes life difficult for himself in the sequel, needlessly punching away a catchable ball.
51’ — Gnabry comes out swerving and takes a shot that goes just beyond the far post.
48’ — OWN-GOAL against Bayern: Bayern’s young left-back desperately tries to clear a shot by Aubameyang but inadvertently directs it into the near corner where Ulreich cannot save it.
Kickoff of the second half! We’re back. Kovac has fielded a completely different team now. Here’s the rundown:
Ulreich; Kimmichi, Süle, Pavard, Poznanski; Goretzka, Singh; Coman, Goretzka, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Arsenal meanwhile replaces Leno with Martinez and former Schalke man Sead Kolasinac comes on for Nacho Monreal.
Halftime! Bayern had the only really dangerous shot on goal in the first half against a strong Arsenal team. Now we’ll see what substitutions each team makes going into the second half.
44’ — Ontuzans lands very awkwardly on his right foot while making a risky challenge (and committing a foul). He is escorted off the field by team doctor Müller-Wohlfarht.
38’ — Now Arsenal counter. Aubameyang drives up the center and lays off to Özil on his left. Özil fires at the near post, but Neuer blocks the ball
37’ — Javi sends a peach of a forward pass all the way to the right wing. Oztunans slides to keep in in bounds. He succeeds! He sends the ball inside, but the pass is not ideal. Still Tolisso manhandles his man and pokes the ball forward for Johansson, but he cannot make the shot, winning only a corner.
33’ — Bayern’s right winger Ontuzans takes a shot from the right wing at the far corner, but Leno deflects it from harm’s way.
32’ — Mr. Smooth Thiago Alcantara distracts Arsenal’s defenders before sending a no-look pass out left to Alaba. Alaba delivers an excellent cross intended for Müller, but Leno somehow manages to block the shot with his leg. That was the first real chance of the game.
27’ — Yikes, Manu. Alaba passes the ball back to Neuer, but he is nearly dispossessed at the goal by Aubameyang. His pass bounces off the striker’s shin, fortunately where he can quickly leap on the ball and smother it.
26’ — Jerome Boateng and Lacazette share a laugh after a spectacular pass forward to Tolisso proves to be just a hair too much to bring down. Boa somehow shot it his way on the volley after his first touch sent it bouncing in front of him.
24’ — Aubameyang beats Alaba, who slips and falls. Auba fires in a cross, but nobody on either team can connect with it until it rolls clear out of the penalty area.
23’ — Oops: Arp loses the ball on the sideline after a bad touch.
21’ — Özil finds Lacazette out right and makes a run on goal. Lacazette sends him a nice cross, but Özil cannot hit it cleanly. Javi Martinez clears the threat.
19’ — Özil takes a shot from a very tight angle on the left flank. Neuer has no trouble collecting it.
16’ — A highlight by Arp: he brings down a difficult pass with a deft touch sending it forward, then passes ahead to Ontuzans on the right wing. Ontuzans sends in a cross to Müller, but Müller plays a dummy. Arp is somewhat too far away to take a shot, though, and instead has to dribble outside.
15’ — Arsenal retains the ball in Bayern’s half but struggles to break through the defense. Finally Xhaka skies a shot into the stands. Bayern’s ball.
12’ — Arsenal break as Aubameyang makes a run up the right. There’s no catching him, but Kehl is on hand to send his cross out of bounds. Bayern concedes a corner, but Arsenal does nothing with it.
8’ — Horrible defending by Arsenal. Bayern’s Johansson outplays two defenders to move the ball forward to Tolisso, Sokratis somehow bungles the clearance and bounces it off of Leno. Leno manages to clear it in the end before Tolisso can regain control.
5’ — This Bayern lineup is quite interesting. Arp is actually playing on the left wing, with Müller in the middle.
And flashback! Aubameyang collects the ball wide out right and sends in a nice cross, but Bayern’s defense defuses the threat.
Kickoff! At long last, the ball is rolling! Arsenal play it back deep into their half, and away we go! It literally looks like Bayern is playing against Dortmund. Arsenal is sporting yellow jerseys and socks with black shorts.
— Just before kickoff: ESPN2’s commentator just dropped the ultimate burn on Arsenal:
I wouldn’t call it a strong Arsenal lineup, because they don’t have that anymore.
It’s almost five past 11 pm and we’re still waiting for the show to start, while ESPN2 (or whoever your carrier is) is briefing us on the oh-so-interesting rules of the International Champions Cup and other fun facts, such as how bad Arsenal was last season.
Lineups are out:
Fiete Arp is fronting Bayern’s offense ahead of Tolisso and Thiago. The team features a number of new faces from the youth players alongside the veterans.
For Arsenal, Mesut Özil takes the field with some familiar faces. It’s almost a Dortmund reunion with Sokratis, Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang!
Yay, football is (kinda) back! As part of the yearly preseason shenanigans, Bayern Munich travel to LA to take on Arsenal in the International Champions Cup, which is basically a glorified friendly tournament.
Because Lucas Hernandez remained in Munich to work on his rehab, Benjamin Pavard and Jan-Fiete Arp are the only new faces at the camp as far as the senior team is concerned. Due to the lack of international tournaments over the course of this summer, Niko Kovac will finally get a proper preseason with his entire squad — i.e. all the big names like Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich etc. will be there. On the other side of the pitch, Arsenal will have players like Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin lining up — speaking of which, this will be the first time Serge Gnabry plays against his former club.
It will be interesting to see how the coach handles things. Youngsters like Zirkzee are expected to get a chance, while Alphonso Davies and Arp will both have their work cut out trying to impress their manager.
Hopefully, the game is good and there are no injuries on either side — the last thing you need is a bad knock at the beginning of preseason.
It’s Bayern time.
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