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Arsenal battle past bug to beat Bayern on penalties

Alex Iwobi heads superb equaliser before Gunners beat Germans from the spot in pre-season match

20 July, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Arsene Wenger: ‘To win against a team like Bayern can help a little bit the confidence. It helps us to think ‘let’s now push on with the last two weeks of our preparations’

ARSENAL’S pre-season preparations looked a little peaky this week with reports emerging that the players have been hit by a bout of food poisoning during their trip to China.

There was an all-too-rare England victory over Germany on penalties yesterday (Wednesday) when the Gunners beat Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Shanghai.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern a ninth-minute lead when he sent Petr Cech the wrong way from the penalty spot after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s soft nudge brought down Juan Bernat in the box.

It looked like that was going to be enough to settle the tie until, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Alex Iwobi superbly headed home Aaron Ramsey’s inch-perfect cross.

Substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez then won it for Arsenal as he saved Bernat’s penalty to earn the north Londoners a 3-2 shoot-out win, with Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Iwobi all converting from 12 yards.

“We have a virus in the camp,” admitted manager Arsene Wenger afterwards.

“The doctor thinks it is food poisoning. Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud and Sead Kolasinac were sick. Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey have had a little bit of food poisoning as well. I don’t know what they ate.”

Reflecting on the win, Wenger (inset) added: “In the first half we suffered a little bit but then in the second half we became physically sharper, and maybe Bayern dropped a bit as well.

“It was an interesting game for us because we had to dig deep and I think we’ll benefit from it in the coming weeks.

“To win against a team like Bayern can help a little bit the confidence. It helps us to think ‘let’s now push on with the last two weeks of our preparations’.

“So on that front, mentally it’s a good win.”

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