Emirates Cup: Arsenal rout Olympique Lyonnais 6-0

Ritabrata Banerjee / 25 July 2015

Arsenal demolish French club Olympique Lyonnais 6-0 to reach the final of the Emirates Cup 2015. Olivier Giroud the scored the opening goal of the match in the 29th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the second one in the 34th minute and youngster Alex Iwobi extended the lead within 1 minute. The dominance continued and yet another goal was netted by Aaron Ramsey in the 38th minute and the fate of the match was sealed. Mesut Ozil scored the fifth goal of the night with a clinical from the edge of the box and hsi replacement Santi Cazorla hammered the last nail in the visiting team’s coffin in the dying moments of the match.

Arsene Wenger fielded a fairly strong team against a good looking Lyon side. Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazatte was a point attraction on the pitch. The Gunners dominated the proceedings from the very first whistle and kept the control of the game in their hand. German midfield maestro Mesut Ozil looked bright on the pitch and was constantly imposing threat on the Lyon defense.

After a series of attakcs launched, the home side broke the deadlock at the stroke of the half time as Olivier Giroud netted a fantastic header from Ozil’s free-kick. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain increased the lead within five minutes from Giroud’s pass.

Alex Iwobi netted the third goal within a minute as Lyon defender made a blunder at the middle of the pitch. Things worsened for the visitors when Aaron Ramsey scored a fourth goal for his team from Ozil’s pass. It was a clinical tap in from the Welsh.

The teams went into the lemon break with scoresheet flashing 4-0 in favour of the Gunners.

Mesut Ozil was undoubtedly the star of the game as he took his name to the scoresheer in the 62nd minute. The German teamed up brilliantly with Olivier Giroud and blasted a shot from the edge of the box to score the fifth one. He was benched as soon as the goal was scored and Santi Cazorla was send in.

Arsenal remained dominant in the second half as well as Lyon failed to impose any threat on the Arsenal defende. Alexandre Lacazatte attempted shots once in a while but Damian Martinez denied his efforts. Wenger several changes in the second half as Chuba Akpom, Theo Walcott came in. 

Cazorla scored the final goal of the match at the dying moments from a free-kick. The Spaniard scored from an intelligent free-kick. It was grounder which went below the feet of the wall and entered the goal.

It was clear domination from the home side as they move in to the final convincingly. They will face Villarreal in the final tomorrow, 26th July. 


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