Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was a late substitute on Sunday as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Sevilla but still lifted the Emirates Cup courtesy of having scored more goals than the Spaniards in the pre-season competition.
Arsenal finished the competition they hosted with one win and one defeat, while Sevilla won their two games. But Emirates Cup rules mean an extra point is awarded for each goal a side scores and Arsenal scored six (they defeated Benfica 5-2 on Saturday) to Sevilla’s three (they beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Saturday).
Arsenal and Sevilla therefore both finished on nine points and a plus two goals difference, with the hosts winning the competition because they scored more goals.
Joaquin Correa and Steven Nzonzi scored for Sevilla while Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal on Sunday.
Joaquin Correa was presented with Sevilla’s first chance of the game but his low shot which beat Petr Cech hit the foot of the post in the 15th minute.
Correa broke the deadlock and put the former Europa League winners ahead when he latched onto a through ball in the 48th minute to beat an offside trap.
The Gunners equalised through new record signing Lacazette in the 62nd minute. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain weaved in a tantalising ball into the box which was missed by Welbeck and fell kindly to the former Olympique Lyon striker who scored from close range.
Former Stoke City midfielder Nzonzi restored the lead for Sevilla with 21 minutes left on the clock when he picked up a pass from Clement Langlet and hit a left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.
Iwobi came off the bench in the 78th minute in place of Mohamed Elneny who had been deployed in the central defence.