Arsenal suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Scottish aspect Hibernian of their opening pre-season recreation in Edinburgh.
Hibs took a 2-0 lead courtesy of objectives from Martin Boyle and Daniel MacKay, with Emile Smith Rowe grabbing a comfort strike late on.
Arsenal named a blended beginning XI, mixing youth and expertise. Teenager Arthur Okonkwo began in aim behind a again 4 of Cedric Soares, Harry Clarke, Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac.
Reiss Nelson, Mohammed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles lined up in midfield with Willian, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beginning up entrance. As is customary throughout pre-season, eight adjustments have been made at half-time with Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Folarin Balogun amongst those that got here on.
The Gunners obtained off to a nightmare begin, conceding in embarrassing circumstances with little over 20 minutes performed. Cedric tried to play a again move to Okonkwo however the keeper – who seemed shaky all through – made a hash of it, permitting Boyle to faucet into the empty web.
Arsenal provided little in response earlier than the break with Hibs denied a second aim by the put up. Issues obtained even worse for the Gunners within the second half. Minutes after Partey had struck the woodwork, Hibs made it 2-0 when MacKay took benefit of some slack marking to nod residence from a nook.
Arsenal have been then handed a chance to tug one again from the penalty spot, just for half-time substitute Nicolas Pepe’s weak effort to be simply saved. 9 minutes from time Smith Rowe – one other substitute – lastly gave Arsenal one thing to have a good time, volleying residence Hector Bellerin’s cross on the again put up.
The Gunners pushed for an equaliser nevertheless it was to not be. The result’s a shock, contemplating the wealth of first-team gamers Arsenal had out. Mikel Arteta can be hoping for a greater show when his aspect takes on Rangers of their subsequent pre-season outing on Saturday.