Winners – Alexandre Lacazette
Having signed for such a big fee, Lacazette would have known how much pressure he was under to perform.
So to score his first goal for the club within 15 minutes of making his debut would have been a huge weight off his shoulders, even for such an experienced player.
It was a typically predatory finish of a striker who has made a living out of finishing chances inside the 18-yard box.
Lacazette may not have enjoyed his second appearance as much, having to fill in on the left hand side, but even so he will have considered his stay in Sydney as a successful one.
He looked relaxed and at home in his new surrounds, very much a player ready to make his mark.
The teenager lit up the ANZ Stadium as Sydney FC were beaten 2-0 on Thursday night.
Making his first team debut, Nelson couldn’t have dreamt about things going as well as they did.
He was direct, skilful and got 80,000 fans on their feet every time he went forward – so much so he was named the official man of the match.
The young winger drew praise from Arsene Wenger after the game who hinted he was not far off getting a regular chance to impress in the first team squad.
If he keeps up the level performance he showed in Sydney, then he will certainly being putting pressure on some more established names around him.
The Wales international only played the second of the two games, but showed enough to suggest that he could be set for a big season – providing he stays injury free.
Ramsey scored a trademark goal in the win against Western City Wanderers, running from deep to pounce on Nacho Monreal’s pass before calmly lobbing the keeper.
It was a fine strike, one that capped an impressive all round performance for the Wales international.
Ramsey looked fit, sharp and ready to make his mark. Arsene Wenger will be desperate to keep the former Cardiff man fit for the season ahead.
If there was anyone who believed Nacho Monreal would simply step aside and allow Sead Kolasinac to take his place, then they only had to look at the Spaniard’s performance on Saturday night to see that they were wrong.
Monreal, playing on the left side of the central defence trio, was excellent and showed he still has plenty to offer Arsenal over the coming season.
He set up two goals, one with a rampaging run and cross and the other with a fabulous long ball, while also showing a composure at the back which suggested he has what it takes to be a real success in that position.
Kolasinac may well have arrived with the big billing, given his performances in the Bundesliga last season, but in Monreal Arsenal have a player who is not going to put up the white flag and give up his place without a fight.
There have been suggestions that Arsene Wenger is ready to hand Emi Martinez a promotion this season.
With David Ospina expected to leave, Martinez has been tipped to become the club’s No.2 keeper for the 2017/18 season – a position that would see him play several games, including in the Europa League.
In Sydney he made a couple of smart stops when called upon, but his comical decision to pick up Aaron Ramsey’s backpass inside his own penalty area against Western Sydney Wanderers hardly inspired confidence.
Put under a bit of pressure, Martinez panicked and in doing so he ultimately gave away a goal. It’s not a moment he will look back on fondly.
This was a big chance for Theo Walcott to make a point to Arsene Wenger, but it was one he didn’t really take.
He did look quite bright in the second of the two games, but with Arsenal pushing hard to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, Walcott will have known he needed to do more.
The former Southampton man had several chances across the two games, but failed to put any of them away.
There’s no doubt he will be heading to China knowing that he could have done far more to make his make his mark down under.
While a number of youngsters did impress while they were away, Maitland-Niles seemed to struggle somewhat, albeit being played out of position.
Employed as left wing back in the second game, the England Under-20s international really seemed to struggle with his end product.
He showed a good engine to get up and down the pitch, but when it came to beating the last man or whipping in a dangerous cross, he came up short every time.
On this evidence he did not look ready to really make a concerted push towards the first-team