How Arsenal lost its preseason opener: Goalkeeper error, failed penalty, missed chances vs. Hibernian


Arsenal followers trying ahead to a contemporary begin after a disappointing Eighth-place end within the English Premier League final season, are as a substitute getting a definite feeling of deja vu.

The Gunners opened their 2021 preseason with a 2-1 loss to Scottish membership Hibernian and though it was only a preseason recreation, the best way it unfolded will deliver again reminiscences of final season for supervisor Mikel Arteta and his gamers. 

It was a match that had an Arsenal goalkeeper gaffe, a failed penalty, and a handful of missed probabilities, with Emile Smith Rowe providing the lone glimmer of hope. Identical to final season.

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He’s solely 19 years previous and he was making his Arsenal debut — simply 4 days after signing a long-term contract — so third-string goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo (above) has a profession to make up for a shaky first recreation. He was between two minds on find out how to clear this again go and he whiffed on it, leaving it on a platter for Hibernian to open the scoring.

It was a nervy 45 minutes for Okonkwo, who additionally spilled a cross which popped out of his arms. However his alternative at halftime, 19-year-old Karl Jakob Hein, did not fare that a lot higher throughout his stint.

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Hein was caught on his heels as a ball that floated into his six-yard field was headed residence by Hibernian for a 2-0 lead. Then once more, there have been three Hibernian gamers close to the objective line (and no Arsenal defenders) — so Hein had no actual shot.

The likes of Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe got here on at halftime, however Partey hit the put up on a set piece and Pepe noticed his 73rd-minute penalty-kick saved by the ‘keeper (under). It was Smith Rowe who obtained the lone Arsenal objective on a pleasant volley.

Among the many highlights: Cedric Soares was energetic for Arsenal at proper again, Pepe regarded engaged, Lacazette was hustling everywhere in the area, and Eddie Nketiah had an excellent first half, though with nothing to indicate for it. But it surely’s early: Arsenal’s subsequent recreation will come on Saturday towards Rangers.

The Gunners are hoping to maneuver previous a disappointing Eighth-place end within the English Premier League, tied for its worst end since 1994-’95, and a galling elimination by the hands of Villarreal within the Europa League semifinals. Their Premier League season opens on August 14 at Brentford.

Maybe hoping for a bounceback season, it was introduced a number of days in the past that the 2021-’22 Arsenal aspect could be the subsequent staff featured within the latest version of the All or Nothing docu sequence on Amazon Prime Video. The cameras have been on the Hibernian match and social media was already trying ahead to the primary episode:


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