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Alex Iwobi: Nigerian forward starts in Arsenal’s pre-season draw with Lens

Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi (left) vies with Lens forward Deme Ndiaye

Nigerian forward, Alex Iwobi started for Arsenal in their 1-1 draw against Lens in their first pre-season game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted a late equalizer to help the Gunners to a 1-1 draw against Lens in the game played in France.

Arsene Wenger opted to field a combination of experienced first-team players, such as Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, with promising youngsters like Iwobi, Chuba Akpom and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Arsenal players

Arsenal had a host of first team players in the starting line-up

It was Akpom who got the first chance for Arsenal early on, but the attacker had his shot saved by Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.

The Ligue 2 side then had a sight of goal courtesy of Abdellah Zoubir, only for the midfielder to fire just wide.

Mathias Autret then opened the scoring for the French side after tapping home from close range after some unconvincing defending from Calum Chambers.

Wenger made six changes for the second half – Joel Campbell, Kieran Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain among those coming on.

Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould

Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould

Substitute goalkeeper Matt Macey showed his quality in the 64th minute with a superb save to deny Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Walcott could have leveled the scoring with 15 minutes left on the clock after some good work from Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the England international had his shot tipped wide.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted Arsenal’s only goal in the game

There would be a late equalizer after all, though, as Oxlade-Chamberlain delicately chipped the ball into the top corner after a sublime through ball from Serge Gnabry to salvage a draw.


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