Date: 30th July 2017 at 7:46pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of a positive start to the 2017 Emirates Cup as Arsenal took victory over Benfica.

With a squad selection of:

4 – Per Mertesacker
6 – Laurent Koscielny
8 – Aaron Ramsey
9 – Alexandre Lacazette
11 – Mesut Ozil
12 – Olivier Giroud
13 – David Ospina
14 – Theo Walcott
15 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 – Rob Holding
17 – Alex Iwobi
18 – Nacho Monreal
21 – Calum Chambers
23 – Danny Welbeck
24 – Hector Bellerin
26 – Emiliano Martinez
29 – Granit Xhaka
30 – Ainsley Maitland-Niles
31 – Sead Kolasinac
33 – Petr Cech
34 – Francis Coquelin
35 – Mohamed Elneny
40 – Cohen Bramall
61 – Reiss Nelson
69 – Joe Willock

The following players got the nod for Benfica.

Arsenal:

Ospina, Holding (Chambers 45), Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Nelson (Oxlade-Chamerblain 75), Coquelin (Elneny 34), Xhaka (Ramsey 75), Maitland-Niles (Monreal 75), Walcott (Lacazette 75), Iwobi (Ozil 75), Giroud.

Subs:

Martinez, Koscielny, Bellerin, Welbeck.

Goals – Walcott (25, 33), Lopez (og 52), Giroud 64), Iwobi (71).

Benfica:

Cesar, Buta, Luisao, Jardel (Lopez 45), Eliseu (Grimaldo 60), Augusto, Pizzi (Jimenez 75), Salvio, Cervi (Chrien 60), Jonas (Rafa Silva 60), Seferovic (Diaz 75).

Goals – Cervi (12), Salvio (40).
Yellows – Eliseu.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a delighted Wenger was pleased with our attacking play on the day and felt we were always dangerous across the game.

‘It was a pacy English game, and of course the pitch is top quality and the rain made the game quite quick and on top of that we scored many goals. Unfortunately we conceded a few but overall it was a very positive game.’

Adding.

‘Many of the goals were the consequence of our team play that we work on, so overall you can see that the guys have played together for a while and the combination play is good. We had good finishes and we always looked dangerous.’

Summer signing Sead Kolasinac also reflected on his Emirates Stadium bow.

‘It was a really nice feeling, my first time here. I was a bit nervous before because it was my first game here at Emirates Stadium. I`m happy that we won the game and that the fans welcomed me so well. For the first goal Alex played me the ball out wide and I thought it would go out, so I followed it up, won it and saw Theo in the background. I chipped it over to him and he finished it ice-cold.’

Adding.

‘I think we combined really well going forward. We don`t all know each other so well yet and we`ll still need to get to get more used to each other but today we saw lots of good combinations, particularly when we went forward.’

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