Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi came close to scoring his first goal under The Gunners’ new boss, Unai Emery, but was denied with a point blank save by Italian legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon’s tremendous feat was good enough to stop Iwobi from netting for the London side, the former Juventus shot-stopper could not stop French striker, Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal thumped Paris St-Germain 5-1 in Singapore.
Buffon started the game for the Ligue 1 champions, after joining in the summer from Serie A winners, Juventus, and the 40-year-old reacted sharply to deny Iwobi and Aubameyang what could have been crucial goals in pre-season for both Africans.
Iwobi Will now aim for better fortune when Arsenal continue the pre-season campaign against Chelsea in Dublin on Wednesday, after Lacazette flicked in a finish from Emile Smith-Rowe’s cross and headed home his second in the friendly.
Mesut Ozil, who quit international football after the World Cup, captained the Gunners and stroked in the opener, while Rob Holding headed in the fourth and Eddie Nketiah scored the fifth.
Christopher Nkunku first levelled for PSG with a second-half penalty, which was awarded after Sead Kolasinac tripped Timothy Weah in the box, but Arsenal ran away with the game after.
Emery said he wants “five captains” in his team this season and handed the armband to Ozil on this occasion, and the German repaid his club manager’s faith by converting from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s cutback.
Ozil was one of five players replaced just after the hour mark, and two of those coming on – French striker Lacazette and English defender Holding – both found the net, as did Nketiah with a cool strike late on.
Lacazette said: “This can give us some confidence and we need this after last season and we are happy after scoring five goals.”