Arsenal 5-1 PSG

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Post-Match Report

Arsenal 5-1 PSG: How it happened

Guendouzi and Ozil celebrate

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Singapore National Stadium
International Champions Cup
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                  Ozil (13)
                   Lacazette (67
                   70)
                   Holding (87)
                   Nketiah (90)
            
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Ozil (13)
Lacazette (67
70)
Holding (87)
Nketiah (90)
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              Nkunku (59 pen)
          
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Nkunku (59 pen)

WHAT HAPPENED

Mesut Ozil marked his return to the pitch with a goal as we rounded off our trip to Singapore with a 5-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain.

With much of the pre-match talk revolving around the German being named captain, the man himself wasted no time in taking centre stage.

With his every touch cheered to the rafters, Ozil opened the scoring with just 12 minutes gone after fine build-up play from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

With Matteo Guendouzi impressing once more, our slick attacking play was causing problems for PSG and Alex Iwobi came close to doubling our advantage, only to see his shot saved by Gianluigi Buffon.

Aubameyang also tested the legendary goalkeeper before the interval, while our own stopper, Bernd Leno, was called into action to push away a powerful Timothy Weah effort.

Mkhitaryan was next to have a go after being played in on goal, but Buffon was equal to his effort while Emi Martinez, on for Leno at the break, made an eye-catching stop to deny Christopher Nkunku.

But he could do nothing when, after Sead Kolasinac brought down Weah in the area, Nkunku slotted home from the penalty spot.

After a raft of changes, Alex Lacazette restored our lead after meeting birthday boy Emile Smith Rowe’s ball in from the right, before extending our advantage with a header from eight yards out.

There was still time for Rob Holding to send in a looping header from beyond the penalty spot to further extend our advantage.

Edide Nketiah then struck a fifth in added time to wrap up the scoring, the game and the tour, after six memorable days of meeting our fans in South East Asia.

Once more, it’s been an absolute pleasure Singapore. See you again soon.

 

Attendance: 50,308 (ICC Singapore record)

HOW IT HAPPENED

See how the match unfolded, and get the standout stats, by reading our comprehensive play-by-play commentary.

WHAT’S NEXT

We fly back to London after a hugely-enjoyable trip to Singapore, but we’re back in the air again in midweek as we jet off to Dublin to face Chelsea, before heading to Stockholm to take on Lazio on Saturday.

Attendance: 50308

Press conference

'Ozil can take the responsibility of captaincy'

Mesut Ozil made a big impact on his return to the Arsenal team as we beat Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore on Saturday.

The German playmaker scored the opening goal within 12 minutes and afterwards Unai Emery was asked where his best position is.

This is what he told the media:

on Mesut Ozil being named captain…
We are working together and giving the responsibility to the players. I think he can take the responsibility, but let’s not forget Koscielny who is recovering with us. Then we’ve got Petr Cech, who captained us in a friendly match. Aaron Ramsey also captained us in a friendly and I am maybe thinking another one or two players can take responsibility for every player in the team.

on Mesut’s best position…
We want to give him and our players the position they feel most comfortable in on the pitch. He started today at No 10 with Matteo and Mohamed behind him. The first one would go up and then find him between the lines, or sometimes Mkhitaryan. When we do have the ball, we can press with the striker and a No 10 almost like a 4-4-2 in a press. It depends because Mesut can play on the right and go inside, driving in to open up space for the right back. We want to find a space for him and the other players where they can use their qualities through good positioning. I think in the first half today we played good with quality players, but I want to improve this pressing.  In the second half they were tired, but the young players gave us the pressing back and allowed us to change our positions and play with three in midfield

Press conference

'We're so grateful for our support in Singapore'

Aubameyang with Arsenal fans in Singapore

We ended our tour on a high as we beat Paris Saint-Germain in front of a record crowd for an International Champions Cup game in Singapore.
 

Afterwards, Unai Emery was asked about how he has found the trip and this is what he told the media:
 
on his Singapore experience…
Very positive. We know we need to show our club around the world and this competition allows us to be together in Singapore with our fans. The conditions to work in, in the hotel, is very good. We are very happy about it. Tomorrow we are going to travel to London but this week has been very good for our preparation.
 
on whether he's surprised by our support in Asia…
[Our support] is really big, really great. I think Arsenal has a lot of support all over the world and we’re really grateful for that.

 

Interview

Bellerin - Things were clicking more today

Hector Bellerin was a happy man after playing his part in our 5-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday.
 

The Spaniard believes the tour was a hugely positive experience, on and off the pitch, rounded off perfectly against the French champions.
 
"As I said the other day, it's all about learning the new system, about getting used to each other again and used to the new players," Bellerin told Arsenal Player.
 
"It felt like things were clicking more today. Slowly we are coming more together – training every day with the new concepts we have is working better."
 
Bellerin is also grateful for the reception the team received during the week-long trip to Singapore.
 
"It's amazing to see all the love and support we get from people in Asia and here in Singapore,” he said.
 
"I'm very happy with training and the attitude of the young players as well, who are coming through and taking their chances. It was a very good trip for everyone."

Interview

Holding My highlights of our time in Singapore

We brought the curtain down on our Singapore tour with an encouraging 5-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Rob Holding powered home our fourth of the night and after the game he spoke to Arsenal Media to reflect on a week of hard work, humidity and team spirit. Here’s what he had to say:

on Singapore…
It’s been a tough week with the heat. The humidity at training just seems so intense because of the heat and it’s been tough. We’ve got through it though and finished off with a nice result tonight.

on the win…
Tonight was a great win. They had quite a young team so we can’t look too much into it. We’ve still got to keep working hard at the training ground, but it’s nice to finish the week with a big win. We’ll enjoy our last night now, get ready to come home and then start again on Monday.

on his personal highlight…
Scoring tonight. That’s probably the highlight! We’ve had loads of highlights like the singing at the dinner, that was good fun, but scoring my first of the season is a nice way to sign off.

on how the team is gelling in pre-season…
I think the team spirit among the lads is top. Everyone’s on the same page and really pushing towards what the boss wants and what he’s bringing in tactically. We’re all pushing forwards towards what he wants to do this season.

on our fitness and sharpness…
I don’t know, it’s a better question for the fitness coaches because they’ll know where we’re at! I feel good. I played 60 minutes two days ago and then 30 minutes tonight and I felt fine. I felt like I could’ve gone on and finished the 90 when I played 60 minutes, so I’m feeling fit, healthy and ready to go.

Press conference

Emery on the performance and team pressing

Unai Emery may have seen his side beat his former club Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 in Singapore on Saturday, but he still feels there is room to improve.

Afterwards our head coach spoke to the media, and discussed a range of subjects. This is what he said:

on how encouraging the performance was…
For me, it doesn’t change my idea of the team. We still need to improve tactically and improve the pace of every player. We didn’t have any injuries which was important, and we had the opportunity to play more young players too. The result wasn’t the most important thing today. For me, it’s also about playing with the young players and missing some important players.

on why they couldn’t press and whether it was the heat…
No, no. It’s the first match for Mesut, Eleny and Iwobi. Tactically, we’ve been working all week in training and watching movies. The first idea we are working on is without the ball and the right place to be pressing. I am happy with how the players played for the first time for these three players.

on how close he is to naming five captains…
I am giving you and am giving the players this position but not close. Like I am telling you, one is Koscielny but he’s injured. Then I am thinking of five more captains. I am thinking about Petr, Aaron and Mesut. Then I need to find one or two more.