July 13, 2017 14:57 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Wenger hails record signing Lacazette, Nelson and Willock

Wenger hails record signing Lacazette, Nelson and Willock

Arsene Wenger hailed club record signing Alexandre Lacazette after he took just 15 minutes to open his Gunners account in Australia.

Arsene Wenger hailed club record signing Alexandre Lacazette after he took just 15 minutes to open his Gunners account in Australia.

The French striker, a £52m arrival from Lyon, came off the bench to score the second goal in a straightforward 2-0 victory over A-League champions Sydney FC.

Lacazette sidefooted home a low cross from fellow substitute Alex Iwobi late on in front of more than 80,000 at ANZ Stadium from 10 yards out to complete the scoring after Per Mertesacker had given the visitors an early lead.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Alex Iwobi after netting 15 minutes into his Arsenal career

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with Alex Iwobi after netting 15 minutes into his Arsenal career

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed youngster Joe Willock saying the future is 'promising' 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed youngster Joe Willock saying the future is 'promising' 

‘It’s important that he gets that off his shoulders,’ a happy Wenger said. ‘You expect a striker to score. You could see he was happy.’

In the first match of their pre-season trip, the Gunners dominated proceedings but found home goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne in fine form.

The former Arsenal trialist saved a second-half Danny Welbeck penalty which should not have been awarded following a poor decision by the referee to give a handball against Seb Ryall when the ball hit his back.

‘We made a mistake,’ said Wenger. ‘We should have given them the ball back.’

Mertesacker put Wenger’s men ahead on four minutes when he swiveled and volleyed in a deflected Mesut Ozil corner.

The Gunners wasted numerous chances before Lacazette, who has been handed the No 9 shirt, made his quick impact.

Wenger included a number of youngsters in his touring party and Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock impressed here.

Arsenal's record £52m signing celebrates his goal that caps an impressive start with the club

Arsenal's record £52m signing celebrates his goal that caps an impressive start with the club

The manager believes their form can be a positive not only for Arsenal but for England.

‘It’s very promising,’ he said. ‘In England people are worried but when you look at results of youth teams over the summer and players you saw tonight the future is much more positive than people expect. 

'It’s a bit early but what they have shown tonight is they have a chance to be very, very close to the first team.’

 

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