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How did Arsenal’s new signings Kolasinac and Lacazette rate on their Gunners’ debut?

Date Posted,July 13, 2017

Arsenal kicked-off their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Thursday, with their two new signings making their Gunners debuts.

Defender Sead Kolasinac started the game Down Under, while fans had to wait until the 68th minute to see record signing Alexandre Lacazette make his first appearance in a Gunners shirt.

Arsenal went 1-0 up thanks to an early goal from Per Mertesacker and would see Danny Welbeck have a penalty saved after the break.

But it didn’t take long for Lacazette to open his Gunners account, with the Frenchman doubling Arsenal’s lead after 83 minutes, just 15 minutes after coming on.

But how did the debutants get on? Our man John Cross was at the ANZ Stadium and kept a close eye on the Gunners new boys…

Sead Kolasinac

Sead Kolasinac was handed a start in Sydney (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

He looks like the proverbial brick outhouse. But the very impressive thing about the Bosnian defender is that he can play left back, left wing back or left side of a back three.

That is exactly what Arsenal have needed together with a strong mentality, a toughness which will be welcome in the dressing room and is clearly a competitor on the pitch.

Hard to tell against weaker opposition, but Kolasinac looks a really good signing. Solid, versatile and almost out of the same mould as Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta because he looks so assured in different positions.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette came on with for the final quarter of the game (Image: Getty Images AsiaPac)

Arsenal’s £52m record signing started on the bench but has clearly been brought in to spearhead the attack.

And first thing they will get him to do is to take over penalty taking duties, especially after Danny Welbeck had a second half spot kick saved.

Lacazette’s Arsenal account is up and running (Image: Reuters)

Lacazette was promised a run-out and he came on as one of TEN changes in the 68th minute.

The France international immediately looked quick, dangerous and seized his chance to fire home from close range after 83 minutes. He has that wonderful knack of being in the right place at the right time.

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