Arsenal 5 - 1 Benfica

Match info: Friendly Match at Emirates Stadium

Date: 02/08/2014 KO: 16:20 Ref: L Mason

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Yaya Sanogo 26,44,45+1,49
Joel Campbell 40



Nicolas Gaitan 62

FT (ht: 4-0)

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  • Arsenal 5 Benfica 1. Perfect afternoon for the hosts as they put in a commanding performance in front of their own supporters and give Alexis Sanchez his Emirates debut.

  • Woodwork struck again. Another great move by Arsenal. Coquelin the unfortunate man as his low effort bounces back off the base of the post. Arsenal looking to finish with a flourish.

  • One minute of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Wilshere can't combine with Sanchez, but soon wins the ball back. He takes a hefty challenge and hobbles away. Looks to be okay. The last thing he needs is another spell on the sidelines.

  • Cazorla delivers. Miquel rises highest in the middle and sees a looping header, which leaves Artur rooted to the spot, cannon back off the crossbar.

  • Pereira facing his own goal and having his pocket picked by Sanchez. Wilshere then gets involved, before Sanchez darts into the box and forces a corner.

  • Martinez hammers down field as the ball is sent back his way. Arsenal won't want to concede any more. They have completely controlled this contest.

  • Candeias felled by Arteta. Free-kick to Benfica wide on their left, 30 yards out. Bebe interested again. Martinez moving his wall. Another dipping effort sent in, which this time hits the side-netting.

  • Gaitan trudging off to be replaced by Cancelo. Lima making way for Derley and Texeira sent on in place of Amorim.

  • Reckless challenge by Benito and he is rightly cautioned. He slid in from a long way out to prevent Akpom from racing away down the right.

  • Gibbs calmly back to Martinez as Gaitan threatens again. He has been the only spark for Benfica. They arrived with a big reputation, as Treble winners, but have really disappointed.

  • Wilshere racing about trying to get on the ball. Only succeeds in conceding a free-kick. Wenger now rooted to his seat. He will be a happy man. Will also be demanding more of the same against Monaco tomorrow.

  • Bebe involved on the right now. He finds Pereira, who can drift inside. He lets fly with his left foot from 20 yards out. Ball strikes the outside of the post, with Martinez pulling his hands away.

  • Free-kick to Benfica 35 yards from goal. Bebe interested in it. Great effort which forces Martinez to touch over the top. Ronaldo-esque drive which dipped late.

  • Almeida on the deck after being caught by Sanchez. Free-kick taken square. Pereira then moving down the right again. Miquel spots the danger and rolls out for a throw. Pereira goes long into Bebe. He finds Gaitan, who sees a low shot saved.

  • Sanchez springing the offside trap. He is able to prod over a cross from the left, but fails to find a red shirt. Every touch being cheered. He has the home support on their feet every time he takes possession. Just the kind of the player the locals want in their side.

  • Free-flowing move again by Arsenal. Wilshere sweeps into the path of Cazorla 25 yards out. He looks to bend the ball into the bottom corner, but doesn't get enough on his low shot.

  • Chambers does well again to see the ball behind for a goal kick. He has looked very composed. Versatility will come in useful for Arsenal this season. Gunners now attacking, with Sidnei sliding in on Gibbs.

  • Cazorla fells Pereira. Too eager to get to the ball. Sanchez then gifted his first touch. He dances past one challenge, then gives the ball away with a cross-field pass. Mixed bag, much more to come.

  • Monreal replaced by Miquel, Akpom sent on in place of Sanogo and Alexis introduced for Campbell. Huge welcome from the Emirates for the new boy.


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