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Giroud close to Gunners' decision

15 July 2017

"Obviously we had that little drought in the middle of the season, hopefully we've already seen what we can improve on", added Iwobi.

Wenger also explained why Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey were not involved in Sydney, saying: "Laurent is suspended for the first two games (of the season), so I didn't take a gamble". They would have scored far more goals had it not been for a fine display from Sydney keeper Andrew Redmayne, an Arsenal fan who once had a trial at the Emirates. I want to start the season with a bang.

"As I was about to play my first match (for Nigeria) Roy Hodgson was in contact with Arsenal saying they'd like me to get involved with the under-21s but my mind was made up".

Mesut Ozil, Lacazette and the rest of the squad could be seen kicking back in the pool facilities, while striker Olivier Giroud was also present despite continued speculation regarding his future.

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"I believe that some of the players I've had in my career have turned it on at 18 years of age and when they move on the pitch it's natural for them to be there".

Engagement: Arsene Wenger poses with Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Graham Arnold, Tony Popovic and Sydney FC and Wanderers players.

Arsene Wenger is tipping Danny Welbeck to have a great season for Arsenal next term.

While this match is a friendly, to use an old cliche there are no friendly matches in football.

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Arsenal's other summer signing was deployed as one of Wenger's three centre-backs, a slight surprise given that Kolasinac is expected to play mainly as a left-back or wing-back. Well, I know the Wanderers will.

Gunners' record signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette showed his vast skills when he turned his marker and fired a shot at the keeper in the opening minutes.

After the Sky Blues put up a decent showing against Arsenal on Thursday night, Western Sydney get a crack at the Premier League giants at ANZ Stadium tonight (Sat).

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Giroud close to Gunners' decision