14 Jul Hibernian vs. Arsenal – Football Match Report – July 13, 2021
Nicolas Pepe missed a second-half penalty as Arsenal kicked off their pre-season marketing campaign by slumping to a 2-1 defeat at Hibernian.
Round 2,000 residence followers have been at Easter Highway to witness Gunners goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo mark his promotion to the first-team squad with a dreadful error which gifted Martin Boyle a tap-in after 21 minutes.
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Daniel Mackay doubled Hibernian’s benefit 21 minutes from time earlier than substitute Emile Smith Rowe scored a late comfort for the guests.
Supervisor Mikel Arteta is aiming to revive Arsenal’s fortunes this season after lacking out on qualifying for Europe for the primary time in 25 years and he named a beginning line-up together with membership captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian.
Eddie Nketiah missed a wonderful probability to place them forward contained in the opening ten minutes. Centre-back Paul Hanlon dallied in possession and Nketiah snatched the ball away for a transparent run on purpose, however the 22-year-old might solely sidefoot extensive when confronted by former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey.
Arsenal have been then made to pay when Cedric Soares lifted a looping back-pass to Okonkwo that the 19-year-old Nigerian keeper missed on his tried clearance, permitting Boyle a tap-in.
Arsenal had possibilities to equalise however might have fallen additional behind when Steven Bradley hit Okonkwo’s left-hand submit with a low drive 5 minutes earlier than the break.
Arteta made seven modifications on the interval with Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette, Pepe and Smith Rowe amongst these launched, contributing to an improved show. Pepe went shut with a curling effort earlier than Partey struck the woodwork with a 30-yard free-kick.
However Arsenal wasted a number of promising openings as Hibernian struck after 68 minutes as Hanlon headed a nook again to the far submit the place Mackay was on hand to nod in from shut vary.
Pepe had the prospect to convey Arsenal again into the sport after profitable a spot-kick following a problem by Paul McGinn however Macey dived to his left to show the Ivory Coast winger’s penalty away.
They did finally rating with eight minutes left because the energetic Lacazette slipped a go by for an additional substitute, Hector Bellerin, to cross to the far submit the place Smith Rowe was on hand to volley residence however Arsenal have been unable to keep away from defeat.
The Gunners’ subsequent fixture sees them take on Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.