Date: 20th July 2017 at 9:41am
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Arsenal’s unbeaten pre-season record was maintained on Wednesday following a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich in Shanghai.

Having seen the squad swept with a bout of food poising, Arsene Wenger felt there was a virus within the camp too, Arsenal went behind to an early Robert Lewandowski penalty after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was penalised for a foul on Juan Bernat.

With Arsenal set for defeat in the humid Chinese conditions the Gunners made it 1-1 in added time when Alex Iwobi headed home Aaron Ramsey’s ball into the box in the 93rd minute to force a penalty shootout.

Emiliano Martinez, on for the excellent Petr Cech at that stage, saved from David Alaba and Bernat as Arsenal won the penalty contest 3-2.

The Arsenal goalkeeper told the Official Website how this spot-kick victory maintained his record of never having lost one with hard work on the training pitch the secure to his penalty saving success.

‘I guess to be honest. Since I was a kid, I`ve never lost on a penalty shoot-out. I keep building my luck in penalties. That`s what we train so hard for, extra-time. Goalkeepers always start early and finish late. The boss said that I had 20 or 25 minutes to play in this game, and I tried to do my best. It worked.’

Martinez, after Iwobi’s dramatic added time leveller, was the hero when it came to penalties but the keeper was quick to share the praise around.

He went on to say number one Cech had been ‘outstanding’ during his time on the pitch.

‘I saved two penalties at the end and that was pretty incredible, but I think everyone played a part in this game. Pete [Petr Cech] made some good saves and the defence was outstanding with Nacho and Mo playing 90 minutes in these conditions. We`re really glad because we`ve had three wins, or one draw and two wins, so hopefully we keep building our game.’

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