HIGHLIGHTS | Hibernian vs Arsenal (2-1) | Pre-season friendly | Smith Rowe scores

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Emile Smith Rowe was on target on Tuesday evening as we were beaten by Hibernian at Easter Road in our first game of pre-season.

With much of the focus on fitness and combination play, we started brightly enough and had a golden chance when Eddie Nketiah raced clean through on goal – only for the striker to shoot wide.

Reiss Nelson soon tested former Gunner Matt Macey with a firm strike as we forced the home side back, and from the resulting corner Nketiah sent a glancing header wide.

But out of nowhere, we gifted the Scottish side the lead when Arthur Okonkwo failed to deal with a tricky backpass from Cedric, and Martin Boyle had the simple task of collecting the loose ball and rolling it in from close range.

We fashioned a decent chance for an equaliser when a deep ball to the back post was headed back across goal by Sead Kolasinac, but Nelson’s goalbound shot hit Nketiah and deflected away.

Okonkwo soon made a sharp save to push away Stephen Bradley’s shot, before the Hibs striker hit the post moments later before the half-time break.

Mikel Arteta made seven changes at the interval, and one of them – Nicolas Pepe – came close to an immediate impact as his goalbound free kick from the edge of the area was pushed over.

Pepe soon saw a shot deflected just wide, while Folarin Balogun had an effort saved as we stepped things up – before Thomas Partey struck the post with a superb long-range free kick.

But, just like the first half, we were hit by a suckerpunch when a deep corner swung in from the right was headed back across goal by Paul Hanlon, and Daniel Mackay headed in from close range to double the hosts’ lead.

We looked to have a way back into the game when Pepe was taken down in the area and a penalty was awarded, but the Ivorian’s spot kick was saved.

We got back into the match with seven minutes remaining when, at the end of an intricate passing move, Hector Bellerin picked out Smith Rowe at the back post and he fired in.

But there was to be no late equaliser but Arteta will have seen plenty to encourage him despite the result.

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💬 Comments

Conceding comical goals, Eddie Nketiah missing a sitter, Willian chugging around pointlessly - Arsenal are back, baby!

Author — Philip Concannon


After watching the brilliance of Italy for more than a month, Its so depressing to see arsenal play like this.

Author — Unbeaten 49


The sad part is, we actually had a lot of our starting 11 in this team..

Author — Jawaad Saleem


I’m genuinely convinced Swaz Lynch would actually be Arsenal’s best on the ball player

Author — IC7 says GLAZERS OUT


For the first time since l fell in love with this team, l honestly don't care. Not even that l feel bad, it's like watching your ex and you don't even hate them anymore. You just don't care. Great job arsenal, great job

Author — Corry Mainor


Looks like we are relying on the young boys again this season lads, its gonna be a long one🙏

Author — Lijah _300


As a Tottenham fan, I’m proud of this score line

Author — Evan Shute


GGTTH … pre season so means nothing but hopefully be a good Season from us this year!! Sunshine on leith 🍀⚽️ ☀️

Author — 1875 Hibernian fc


Imagine arsenal getting relegated this season.



Here’s your daily reminder that Arsenal were part of the European “Super” League

Author — IC7 says GLAZERS OUT


I thought we would at least be able to get through pre-season without being memed. I guess I set my expectations wayyy too high

Author — Snow Storm


great win by hibs! A great pen save too!

Author — Cookie -zx-


Was Hibernian a part of the Super League also 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Author — bris


I was having a good day then Arsenal decided to play a football match for no reason

Author — vutiya sesi


4:25 Arsenal being Arsenal here
Miss a shot and then miss a penalty 👍🏻👏🏻

Author — Andreas Noel


“When Willian plays, there’s always a chance”

— every opponent playing Arsenal (probably)

Author — 108 U 🟡


This is the arsenal we want to see lol

Author — D bags


Arsenal is going to be so fun to watch this season. Arsenal insisting on keeping Arteta while he systematically proves he is incompetent gives me much joy. 😂

Author — bris


We couldn't beat this team. From what I've seen here, they didn't just get lucky with two goals, they actually played good football.

Author — ifedi anyadubalu


Good to see Arsenal with a couple of promising young goal keepers!

Author — Barney Exactly