Wenger's initial impression was that Lacazette would recover quickly. "He was ok. I took him off but it was not because of the injury," said Wenger. "He suffered because we were a bit flat and he didn't get much service. But when he was involved he was intelligent, he protected the ball well and he got his goal. "That's him. To score goals is to be in the right place when the cross comes in and he has that quality." Steven N'Zonzi scored Sevilla's winner, but Arsenal finished top of the four-team group on goals scored to clinch the Emirates Cup for a fifth time. Having thrashed Benfica 5-2 on Saturday, Wenger was far more interested in his team delivering a positive performance than securing a meaningless pre-season prize.
?️ "When he was involved he was intelligent, he protected the ball well and he got his goal - overall, it was an encouraging performance" pic.twitter.com/KH9FHgOps6July 30, 2017
?#EmiratesCup ? pic.twitter.com/x2k8XjPwWz — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 30, 2017In the end, a sloppy defensive display meant it was a frustrating afternoon for the Arsenal manager. Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny had been deployed as one of Arsenal's three centre-backs with only limited success during the team's tour of Australia and China. Wenger again experimented with the positional switch and Sevilla almost took advantage of Elneny's lack of experience in his new role when Ever Banega clipped a pass beyond the Egyptian to put Wissam Ben Yedder clear on the edge of the area. Ben Yedder took a touch before drilling a shot across Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, only to see it hit a post and rebound to safety. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's future remains unresolved, with Chelsea and Liverpool said to be interested in the England winger, and he was by far Arsenal's most impressive performer, with 17-year-old Joe Willock starting alongside him in midfield.