Report: Legia Warsaw 5-6 Arsenal
Arsenal survived an eventful end to their preseason as they won a 6-5 thriller after enduring a torrid start in Poland on Saturday.
The Gunners were down 3-1 at half-time in their final pre-season game ahead of the Premier League opener against Liverpool next week but staged a second-half comeback to win.
A cracking long-range strike from Cabral gave the hosts the lead early on before Fabianski was caught flapping as Arsenal failed to clear a corner and Koscielny bundled the ball into his own net to put Legia 2-0 up.
Within 35 minutes, the Polish giants were mounting a thrashing as yet another slack defensive scene in Arsenal’s area saw Jedrzejczyk extend their lead to 3-0.
But Wenger’s men pulled a goal back just before the break thanks to Chamakh who battled to head home Nasri’s cross.
There was more encouragement in the second-half as Fabianski’s replacement Szczesney made a stunning double-save to deny Legia another goal.
And moments later, substitute Emmanuel Eboue creeped a header home off Vela’s delivery to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Ivorian – who had replaced Walcott – then heroically completed the comeback with another goal after 61 minutes before Kierran Gibbs scored to give Arsenal a 4-3 lead seconds later.
With 15 minutes to go, the hosts somehow leveled matters at 4-4 as Arsenal’s defense was caught napping again and Jedrzejczyk scored again.
But late goals from substitute Emmanuel-Thomas and Nasri restored the Gunners’ command before Iwamski netted yet another Legia goal to wrap up the score at 5-6.
Arsenal’s attacking prowess had made up for their defensive flaws, but this game gave more questions than answers.