​Lacazette goal not enough for Arsenal to avoid Sevilla defeat


Sevilla defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette cancelled out Joaquin Correa‘s first half opener before former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi claimed the win for the Andalusian club.

The match started off with both sides attacking the game, but it was Wissam Ben Yidder who had the first major chance. The French striker connected onto a delightful through-pass from Ever Banega, but his effort crashed into the post.

Sevilla were rewarded after creating the most chances in the first half when Correa broke the deadlock shortly after the interval. The 22-year old exchanged some neat play at the edge of the box with Ben Yidder, who subsequently ghosted into the box and then slid the ball under Petr Cech.

Just after the hour mark, Lacazette found the back of the net for his first goal at his new home. The Frenchman capitalised on a deflection after been left alone with the net unguarded, duly tapping home to tie the game at a goal apiece.

However, it was another Frenchman who stole the show just seven minutes later. N’Zonzi, who left England for Sevilla in 2015, casually picked the ball up and curled a beautiful strike from outside the area into the top corner of Cech’s goal.

In a worry for Gunners fans, Lacazette hobbled off late in the match.

Despite losing the game, Arsenal held onto the Emirates Cup because of the five goals they fired past Benfica on Saturday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after the game: “We didn’t have the same dynamic as yesterday. We didn’t really look sharp. Sometimes it is good though to play with tired legs and to dig deep.

“I still think we could have drawn, but overall we played against two good teams over the weekend and that’s what you want to prepare you for the season. We had tough game and everybody got 90 minutes.”

Source: Tribal football