Arsenal kicked off their pre-season schedule with a friendly fixture against FC Nurnberg at the Max-Morlock Stadion on Thursday, July 7. The Gunners have been impressive over the past year, but still have plenty of work to do this summer.
FC Nurnberg secured an eighth-place finish in Germany’s second division last season and have not been at their best over the past year. They suffered a 2-0 defeat against WSG Triol last month and will need to work hard to achieve a positive result in this fixture.
Arsenal missed out on UEFA Champions League yet again, but have made progress with their transition. The Gunners are assembling an impressive squad under Mikel Arteta and have plenty of work to do on their pre-season tour.
Arsenal were two goal down in the first half of the match as Nurnberg maintain victory throughout the first 45 minutes
New signing Gabriel Jesus scored 90 seconds into his non-competitive debut to trigger an extraordinary turnaround in Germany.
1. FC Nurnberg, who play in the second tier of German football, raced to a 2-0 half-time lead, before we emerged as a different proposition after the break.
Jesus had to sit and watch from the bench for the opening half, alongside other new arrival Marquinhos, with Matt Turner the only one of our four summer signings named in the starting XI.
But once Jesus was unleashed, he marked the occasion with a wonderful brace, and had a say in both of the own goals too.
The other goal came from the boot of Mohamed Elneny, and what a screamer it was, flying in from long range.