IT is all systems go for on the transfer front for Arsenal!
Nicolas Pepe has already had his first Gunners training session and Kieran Tierney looks set to follow before the close of the transfer window in just days!
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THE GUNNERS are sweating over Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness ahead of Sunday’s opener against Newcastle due to an ankle problem.
Lacazette, 28, did not travel for the friendly defeat in Barcelona due to the injury sustained last weekend against Lyon.
Now he faces a race against time to be ready to play on Tyneside on Sunday when the Gunners’ Premier League campaign kicks off.
Record buy Nicolas Pepe was also left at home for the visit to the Nou Camp following his £72million switch from Lille.
The Ivory Coast star, 24, has been training with his new side but only recently returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty and is likely to start on the bench against Toon.
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were involved though for the first time since their car-jacking hell, with the former starting and the heroic Bosnian coming on at half-time.
Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal FT
It's all over at the Nou Camp and heartbreak for the Gunners.
Sub Luis Suarez scored an 89th minute winner as Barca prevail in the glamour pre-season friendly.
There were many positives for Arsenal, however with an impressive display by youngster Joe Willock, 19, and Aubameyang's wonder-goal.
BARCELONA are level against Arsenal and Maitland-Niles has had a nightmare!
He's tried to pass the ball back to the keeper but it goes past him and into the net.
A stinker of an own-goal… follow the action here
AUBAMEYANG SCORES an absolute worldie to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead against Barcelona!
The striker buried the ball into the top corner from just inside the 18 yard box, as the Barcelona keeper could do nothing more than just stand and watch.
The Gunners will hope to pull off a pre-season win that would give the team great confidence going into the new premier League season, which starts next weekend.
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BARCELONA VS ARSENAL is 0-0 after 20 minutes.
So far, the Gunners have had 42% of possession – not bad considering they're playing the Catalans at the Camp Nou.
In terms of chances. there haven't been many for either side.
Valverde's side don't look to be as much of a threat without Messi.
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