The Unai Emery era got off to an encouraging start as
Arsenal sealed a comprehensive victory against National
League side Boreham Wood .
There was genuine excitement and intrigue as the new
head coach took charge of his first game, and he
couldn’t have asked for a better opening at a sun-
drenched Meadow Park.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the opener with a
stunning curling effort into the top corner, before
stooping to head in a second just two minutes later after
a slaloming run from Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
NnThe Gabon international completed his hat-trick from
the spot after Reiss Nelson was hauled down in the
area, with the young forward adding a fourth himself
with a superb volley into the top corner.
N Maitland-Niles and Emile Smith Rowe were full of
positivity, and the latter was involved in our fifth –
winning the ball in defence before Aubameyang released
Alexandre Lacazette to open his account.
It was all change for the second half, with the likes of
Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan thrown into the
fray, but it was youngster Eddie Nketiah who poked
home from close range to extend the lead.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide, back at the club after a loan spell
back in France with Angers, sent a fizzing strike into the
bottom corner to make it seven.
Mkhitaryan wrapped things up with a fine finish to
complete a satisfactory afternoon for Emery and his
team, and while there may be bigger challenges to come
over pre-season, there was plenty here to cheer the new
The Reds were denied by three goal-line clearances from
the hosts throughout the contest, with Daniel Sturridge,
Sheyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke all seeing efforts
prevented from hitting the back of the net by a defender.
Bury, meanwhile, had a second-half attempt from Jordan
Archer ruled out for offside as the clash ended without
either team registering on the scoresheet.
Liverpool travel to Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night for
their final domestic friendly prior to their tour of the
Van Dijk and Matip made their first starts of the summer
in defence, while Danny Ward and Harry Wilson were
absent from the matchday squad.
Jürgen Klopp elected to make 10 changes during the
interval, with only Loris Karius remaining on the pitch from
the opening 45.
Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno,
Milner, Fabinho, Jones, Ojo, Origi, Sturridge all started for Liverpool in the first half, but ten changes were made on the interval, with only Karius remaining in goal, Gomez, Phillips, Klavan, Robertson, Chirivella, Woodburn, Keita, Camacho,
Lallana, Solanke were all broiught in. But the result was still a goalless draw.