Arsenal suffer first defeat of pre-season against Chelsea
The Egyptian started the game on bench and was introduced by Arsène Wenger at half-time when he replaced Nacho Monreal, but couldn’t help his side as they suffered a 3-0 defeat.
Willian opened the scoreline in the 40th minute and two minutes later Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi scored his first of the game to double Chelsea’s lead before half-time. Batshuayi then put the game to bed when he scored his side’s third of the game in the 48th minute.
Today’s loss to Chelsea ended a run of 12 unbeaten pre-season games for Arsenal. Their last defeat was against Monaco in August 2014.
Arsenal’s next pre-season games will be against Portugal’s Benfica and La Liga outfit Sevilla in the Emirates Cup on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 respectively.
According to a report by The Sun earlier this week, Leicester were keeping tabs on the Egypt international this summer but the 25-year-old opted to stay in London and fight for a starting spot at Arsenal.
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