Arsenal vs. Napoli: Preseason Friendly Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Live preseason friendly
—Lorenzo Insigne scores early opener
—Reina saves Podolski's penalty
—Goran Pandev also scores for Napoli
—Sagna and Koscielny for Arsenal in final 20 minutes
Arsenal: Fabianski; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Ramsey, Wilshere; Gnabry, Rosicky, Podolski; Giroud.
Napoli: Reina; Britos, Mesto, Cannavaro; Callejon, Inler, Behrami, Armero; Hamsik; Insigne, Pandev.
Arsenal come back to draw then after being two goals behind, and being certainly inferior to Napoli for the first 45 minutes.
Insigne and Pandev's goals, either side of a missed Podolski penalty, gave the Italians a commanding lead but late goals from Sagna and Koscielny mean that each team takes three points in this Emirates Cup tournament.
That's it for the live commentary, thanks very much as always for joining me and hope to see you again soon.
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Full time result
Arsenal 2 (Sagna, Koscielny)
Napoli 2 (Insigne, Pandev)
Arsenal 2 Napoli 2
...it's floated to Mertesacker, but he misses it on the jump and the ball bounces wide. Should be it.
90+1'—And Akpom wins Arsenal a free kick. 25 yards out, left side of the area. Ambitious shot or final chance to cross? This will be to win the game, or end as a draw. Walcott to take it...
90'—Into injury time. Arsenal have the ball in Napoli's half, but both sets of players now tired-looking.
Two minutes added on
88'—Final two minutes then, can Arsenal snatch a win in the end? Higuain's cross is taken by Fabianski and the Gunners quickly move forward. Into the last 100 seconds...
And the Gunners are back on level terms in the final five minutes! Arteta floats a free kick over, the initial header is saved by Reina but straight up into the air, and Koscielny powers onto the rebound to head home from four yards out.
Arsenal 2 Napoli 2
Laurent Koscielny, 86 mins
83'—Oxlade-Chamberlain ducks infield and hits a firm strike from 25 yards, but it's straight at Reina who makes a relatively straight-forward save.
80'—Sagna sent spinning by Dossena in a challenge on the Arsenal right, and the Italian is booked.
77'—Giroud thinks he's in to equalise—but puts the shot wide of the near post! And then he realises the offside flag is up anyway.
The goal possibly being credited to Bacary Sagna now, as the initial shot was going so far wide. Andrea Dossena comes on for Napoli in place of Insigne.
75'—Arsenal pushing forward quickly now, how will Napoli hold up against the pressure? Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott looking to link up at pace down the right channel.
Giroud misses a chance which Reina saves, but from the corner he gets an acrobatic bicycle kick to the ball which hits Sagna on its way wide and ends up inside the near post to pull a goal back for Arsenal. 2-1 now, 15 minutes to go.
Arsenal 1 Napoli 2
Olivier Giroud, 72 mins
69'—Higuain's misfortune still being cheered as he overhits a pass to Mertens. Or, in the vague direction of Mertens, not really to him. Arsenal looking more likely to score but still haven't troubled Reina too much.
66'—The game is a little fragmented and sloppy now after all the subs. Mertens is the latest they've brought on, with Arsenal looking to make another soon.
Subs: Raul Albiol and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on for either side.
61'—Reina called into action for the first time this half after Behrami's deflected header goes the wrong way. Arsenal getting the ball around the penalty area but just not finding the right final ball at times.
58'—Higuain is tackled by Koscielny and the Arsenal fans appreciate it loudly. They won't want the former Madrid man scoring today. Ramsey and Maggio in a bit of a shoving match by the touchline.
55'—Theo Walcott comes on for Arsenal to great acclaim, in place of Gnabry. Jenkinson is also replaced by Sagna.
52'—Giroud batters the ball into the wall. Absolutely awful. Pointless.
50'—The home side enjoying most of the possession in this half, but they were vulnerable to the counter before the break. More penetration still needed for Arsenal, but Podolski has won them a free kick now. Giroud will take it.
47'—Great run! Wilshere waltzes past two challenges and swaps passes with Ramsey, gets a fortunate bounce and then shoots from inside the penalty area, but his effort rolls just wide of the far post.
Napoli get us started, we're underway! 45 minutes for Arsenal to not start their Emirates Cup with a disappointing defeat. Christian Maggio is on as well.
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