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Watch: Atletico 1-1 Arsenal: Emile Smith Rowe scores stunner but Gunners lose on pens

By on July 26, 2018

Youngster Emile Smith Rowe scored a stunner as Arsenal lost on penalties having drawn 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup this afternoon.

Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at the Singapore National Stadium as Arsenal stepped-up their pre-season preparations with a repeat of last years Europa League semi-final.

We had the better of the first half but struggled to create many clear-cut chances and in typical Arsenal fashion, some sloppy defending from Rob Holding led to Vietto heading home the opener in the 41st minute to give Madrid the lead.

Unai Emery gave Smith Rowe a start and the teenager took his opportunity as he slammed home a stunning effort from the edge of the area to level things up at 1-1 shortly after the break.

Wholesale changes were made by both teams during the second period and it disrupted the flow of the game with neither side able to find much fluency so chances were at a premium.

It ended all squad so it went to penalties and it was one of the worst shoot-outs you’re likely to see. Mkhitaryan, Willock and Nketiah all missed for Arsenal with Maitland-Niles our only scorer and Madrid scored 3 of their five efforts to win the shoot-out 3-1.

It was a decent run-out but there was a familiar look to the side. We had plenty of possession, looked pretty on the eye but struggled to create clear-cut chances and looked vulnerable at the back. Let’s see if things improve against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Here are the goals from today’s game:

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