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Lacazette, Ozil on target, as Arsenal hit PSG 5-1


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Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal thumped Paris St-Germain 5-1 in Singapore.

Lacazette flicked in a finish from Emile Smith-Rowe’s cross and headed home his second in the friendly.

Mesut Ozil, who quit international football after the World Cup, captained the Gunners and stroked in the opener, while Rob Holding headed in the fourth and Eddie Nketiah scored the fifth.

Christopher Nkunku had briefly levelled for PSG with a second-half penalty.

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The spot-kick was awarded after Sead Kolasinac tripped Timothy Weah in the box, but Arsenal ran away with the game thereafter.

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New Gunners manager Unai Emery had said he wants “five captains” in his team this season and handed the armband to midfielder Ozil on this occasion.

Ozil cited “racism and disrespect” over his Turkish roots in his decision to call time on his Germany career but repaid his club manager’s faith by converting from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s cutback.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has quipped that one of his “life goals is to make Jose Mourinho smile” after the Manchester United manager suggested Liverpool “had to win the Premier League” this season.

Mourinho claimed the Anfield club are “big candidates” for the title having spent £170m on four players this summer.

But Klopp has dismissed those comments before Saturday’s meeting between the two sides in Michigan in the International Champions Cup.

“It’s a free world and I have no problem with Jose,” said the German.

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“We are responsible for our fans, our owners and nobody else. I am not too interested in Man Utd.”

Klopp’s response follows Mourinho’s suggestion Liverpool will have set a “Premier League record” this season, after spending nearly £250m in the last 12 months.
That figure includes world-record fees for £66.8m goalkeeper Alisson from Roma and £75m defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January.

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