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Arsenal beat Bayern in friendly, Mkhitaryan thanks fans for warm welcome

Arsenal defeated Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles. 

The contest ended in a 2-1 victory for the Gunners who began their International Champions Cup campaign.

Eddie Nketiah’s late second-half goal was all Arsenal needed to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the early hours of Thursday, July 18, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in International Champions Cup.

Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were all handed a start in attack.

 However, despite parading a near full-strength starting lineup, both sides had to wait until the second half to find the back of the net after going goalless into the break in the evenly-contested clash.

 Arsenal took the lead in the 49th minute courtesy of Louis Poznanski’s own goal who directed the ball into his own net off Aubameyang’s powerful strike.

The lead however did not last long as Robert Lewandowski who came on as a second-half substitute equalised for Bayern, with the unmarked Poland striker rising in the box to nod home a cross from the right from Serge Gnabry.

Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan thanked fans in LA for the warm welcome.  

“Great to be back on the pitch in this first test game vs Bayern Munich,” Mkhitaryan said in a Twitter post.

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