The Arsenal stepped up their pre-season preparations with a match against old foes Bayern Munich at the Dignity Health Sports Park.
Through these bleary eyes at 4am I thought the first-half an entertaining affair. Bernd Leno had the first save of any note to make when denying Thomas Muller, and a second followed from Ontuzans.
The Arsenal were not without threat, however, with Mesut Ozil not only standing out because of his hair colour. Indeed he was a whisker away from giving us the lead after a lung-bursting run from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to set him up.
Surprisingly goalless at the half, the match sprang into life four minutes after the break when Henrikh Mkhitaryan played Aubameyang in on the right and the striker’s cross was deflected in at his near post by the Bayern left-back Poznanski.
The Arsenal 1-0 Bayern Munich
It was a goal that we needed as Bayern had unleashed their first choice strike trio for the second-half. Serge Gnabry, keen to show his old club what they were missing, shave the far post which appeared to be covered by substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
The tall shot-stopper then had to go full length at the feet of Gnabry to deny him once more. Third time lucky when Gnabry crossed and Lewandowski, unmarked eight yards out, picked his spot with a typical headed equaliser.
The Arsenal 1-1 Bayern Munich
As the time ticked away we sent on a number of youngsters to give tiring older legs a rest. We awaited a penalty shoot-out but better lay in store when Tyreece John-Jules and Calum Chambers combined to tee up Eddie Nketiah for the clincher.
The Arsenal 2-1 Bayern Munich
They were not the only Young Guns to catch the eye. Joe Willock started alongside Granit Xhaka at kick-off and gave a fine account of himself in a box to box role and has surely given Unai Emery food for thought as the Premier League season looms ever closer.
The head coach was full of praise for his young charges post-match.
“I am very happy with their work every day in the training sessions and also today in the match. We are going to play next Saturday against Fiorentina, also in another match (against Real Madrid!), and we are going to use young players. It’s another chance for them to show us how they can respond, but today, for example, is very positive.”
All in all that was well worth getting up at sparrowfart for an overseas supporters Arsenal experience. Well done lads.