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Elneny features as Arsenal snatch late win over MLS All-Stars

Posted on July 29, 2016
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 28: Joel Campbell #28 of Arsenal is congratulated by Mohamed Elneny #35 after Campbell scored a goal against the MLS All-Stars during the first half of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Avaya Stadium on July 28, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

was subbed off after 67 minutes in ’s 2-1 friendly win against the All-Stars, with goals from Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom securing victory. 

A weakened Arsenal side faced up against the  All-Stars, with Arsene Wenger giving starts for Krystian Bielik and new-signing Rob Holding at centre-back. Elneny started alongside Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park.

Arsenal came out the strongest and were rewarded with a penalty after Laurent Ciman fouled Joel Campbell in the 11th minute. Campbell stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick calmly into the corner.

Close shots from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Elneny almost doubled Arsenal’s lead, but it was the All-Stars who made the most of their growing pressure.

Giovanni Dos-Santos found Didier Drogba in the box and after three tries the former-Chelsea striker put the ball into Petr Cech’s net.

The game was tied 1-1 at half-time and changes were made by both sides. Wenger brought on five players: debutant Granit Xhaka came on for Coquelin whilst Bellerin, Monreal, Iwobi and Chambers were given minutes.

Second-half sub Sebastian Giovinco almost gave the All-Stars the lead after forcing a save from Cech, before Xhaka also tested All Stars goalkeeper Blake’s reflexes with a long shot.

Elneny was taken off for Gedion Zelalem mid-way through the second half as both sides tried to find a winner.

A typical Arsenal goal was found in the 87th minute after brilliant build-up play led to a low cross which found youngster Akpom in the six-yard box.

Arsenal play Mexican side Chivas in Los Angeles next week as they prepare for the upcoming season.


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