Suarez seals Barca comeback against Arsenal

Jack Wilkinson


Report as Arsenal slip to second pre-season defeat ahead of the new 2019/20 Premier League season

Last Updated: 04/08/19 9:25pm

Luis Saurez celebrates after his late winner sealed Barcelona's 42nd Joan Gamper Trophy success
Luis Saurez celebrates after his late winner sealed Barcelona’s 42nd Joan Gamper Trophy success

Luis Suarez’s 90th-minute volley condemned Arsenal to a 2-1 defeat in their final pre-season game as Barcelona come from behind to win the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capped a fine first-half performance from Unai Emery’s side with an emphatic opener nine minutes before the interval, lashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner after spinning away from two defenders.

But Arsenal’s defensive frailties undone all of their hard work, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ own goal gifting Barca an equaliser on 69 minutes before Suarez’s instinctive first-time volley sealed the win in the final minute for the La Liga champions.

While there were plenty of positives to be drawn from Arsenal’s performance, notably those of the young players, the manner in which they suffered the second defeat of their pre-season campaign raises questions over the club’s need for defensive reinforcements this summer.

Full report to follow…

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