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Vieira sparkles and Hein saves FOUR penalties! Arsenal winners, losers and ratings as Gunners thump Lyon in Dubai Super Cup

20:55 EAT 08/12/2022
Fabio Vieira Arsenal Lyon 2022
The Gunners began their Dubai Super Cup campaign with a comfortable success against Lyon in which several players made the case for more playing time

Arsenal picked up where they left off before the World Cup break with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Lyon on Thursday night, bringing some positivity after this week's news of forward Gabriel Jesus' surgery.

It was the perfect start to the Dubai Super Cup for the Gunners, who cruised to the win thanks to first half goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira.

A penalty shootout was held at the end of the game with an extra point on offer and Arsenal won that as well, with keeper Karl Hein keeping out four Lyon penalties as the Gunners edged it 2-1.

Mikel Arteta would have been delighted with what he saw from his side, who were totally dominant in the first half and deservedly went in front when Gabriel powered home Martin Odegaard's corner.

Eddie Nketiah's finish from Fabio Vieira's pass then doubled the lead before Vieira made it three with a superb strike from outside the box which picked out the top corner.

Arteta changed his outfield XI completely in the second half, throwing on the Under-21s, and they performed well as they held on for the win against a far more experienced Lyon side and also came out on top in the penalty shootout.

  • Eddie Nketiah Fabio Vieira Arsenal Lyon 2022

    The Winners

    Winner: Eddie Nketiah

    All eyes were on Nketiah going into this game following the confirmation that Gabriel Jesus was set for an extended spell on the sidelines. With Jesus out, Nketiah will now have the responsibility of leading the frontline for Arsenal once the Premier League returns on Boxing Day. So he would have been well aware of the pressure he was now under and so to respond in the manner he did was very impressive. He was bright from the first minute, with his movement causing Lyon all sorts of problems. He took his goal as well as you would expect from Fabio Vieira's pass and the piece of hold up play he produced at the start of the move for Vieira's goal was very encouraging. Nketiah has a big couple of months coming up and this was a very positive start.

    Winner: Fabio Vieira

    Mikel Arteta said last month that he believed Arsenal's trip to Dubai would be hugely beneficial to Fabio Vieira and Arsenal's manager looks set to be proved right on this evidence. The Portuguese playmaker grabbed an assist for Nketiah with a clever pass in the first half and then got on the scoresheet himself with a fabulous curling effort from outside the box that fizzed into the top corner. Vieira was playing on the right of the front three which is not his favoured role and you could see that his preference was always to cut inside on his left foot when he did get on the ball. Lyon did play into his hands a bit by allowing him to do that, but the former Porto star demonstrated once again that he has a real talent for getting into dangerous areas in and around the final third.

    Winner: Karl Hein

    Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper had very little to do during the game, with Lyon struggling to create anything of note. But whenever he was called into action to deal with balls into the box and did perfectly, showing real maturity and composure when claiming crosses. And he was the star of the show in the penalty shootout, saving four Lyon spot kicks to ensure Arsenal got the extra point.

  • Lacazette Lyon 2022

    The Losers

    Loser: Sambi Lokonga

    The young Belgian midfielder was the one Arsenal player who looked a bit off the pace. Given Lyon were so poor, there was lots of space for Arsenal to exploit and the majority of the starters did just that. Lokonga just couldn't quite take his opportunity to impress, however. He saw plenty of the ball, but didn't do much with it.

    Loser: Alexandre Lacazette

    Lacazette would have been desperate to score against his former club. It may have only been a friendly, but he would have still loved to get one over his old team-mates. But the Lyon striker barely got a kick all evening, with Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding comfortably seeing him off.

    Loser: Rayan Cherki

    The Lyon player produced one of the worst attempted Panenka penalties off all time to hand Arsenal the penalty shoot-out win after the game. The 19-year-old had to score to keep Lyon alive, but embarrassingly dinked his effort straight into the grateful hands of Hein.

  • Gabriel Arsenal Lyon friendly

    Arsenal Ratings: Defence

    Karl Hein (9/10):

    Excellent. Didn't put a foot wrong during the 90 minutes and then saved four Lyon penalties in the shootout.

    Cedric Soares (7/10):

    Linked up well with Vieira. Sent in some good set pieces.

    Rob Holding (7/10):

    Never troubled. Easy night's work.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (8/10):

    Thumping header to open the scoring.

    Kieran Tierney (7/10):

    Got forward well and combined well with Nelson.

  • Martin Odegaard Arsenal Lyon 2022


    Mohamed Elneny (7/10):

    Controlled the midfield. Kept everything tidy. Shot just wide in the second half.

    Sambi Lokonga (6/10):

    Looked a bit off the pace. Didn't really take his chance to impress.

    Martin Odegaard (8/10):

    Excellent. Set up the first goal and pulled the strings all night.

  • Eddie Nketiah Arsenal Lyon 2022


    Fabio Vieira (8/10):

    Goal and an assist. Brilliant strike to make it 3-0. Kept getting into good positions before going off at half-time.

    Eddie Nketiah (8/10):

    Showed a lot of quality. Good movement, strong hold up play and a neat finish to get his goal.

    Reiss Nelson (7/10):

    Unlucky to it the post early on. Lively.

  • Mikel Arteta Arsenal Lyon 2022

    Subs & Manager

    Marquinhos (6/10):

    So unlucky not to score when his shot was tipped onto the bar.

    Other subs:

    Arteta made nine outfield changes on 67 minutes, bringing on Amario Cozier-Duberry, Taylor Foran, Catalin Cirijan, Matt Smith, Ethan Nwaneri, Myles Lewis-Skelley, Lino Sousa, Reuell Walters and Nathan Butler-Oyedeji.

    The youngsters all performed well, with Nwaneri showing his quality at times and Cirjan going close to adding a fourth goal with a shot that came back off the post.

    Mikel Arteta (7/10):

    A good night's work for the Arsenal manager. He would have been delighted with the first half performance and also impressed by some of the youngsters when they came on after the break.