Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara Produces Excellent Touch Against Arsenal

Thiago Alcantara produced an excellent first touch in Bayern Munich's pre season friendly with Arsenal to keep the ball away from two Arsenal players before passing it to his teammate.

On Thursday Arsenal and Bayern Munich kicked off their pre seasons with a friendly match against each other with the Gunners coming out on top despite all the negativity around the team right now.

Whilst Bayern were the losers the match still gave Thiago Alcantara a moment to show off his silky skills as he took a lovely touch to control the ball, another to keep the ball away from two Arsenal players and then got a pass away, magnificent:

Thiago, a La Masia graduate at Barcelona, only played the first 45 minutes as Niko Kovac made 11 substitutes at half time, as the Germans began preparation for their latest title defence.

Bayern's side is likely to be very different from last season, once they open their Bundesliga campaign, with plenty of ins and outs already at the Allianz Arena.

Legendary wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both left after their contracts ended, with the former since retiring, whilst Mats Hummels returned to Borussia Dortmund and James Rodriguez went back to Real Madrid after his loan expired.

Young forward Jann-Fiete Arp and defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have all signed so far but there is likely to be more signings before the season starts.

Leroy Sane and Nicolas Pepe have both been linked to the German side as they desperately try to replace their former wingers, who won 42 titles and made 734 appearances between them with the club.

Nketiah scores the winning goal. Image: PA Images
Nketiah scores the winning goal. Image: PA Images

18-year-old Louis Poznanski scored an own goal to give Arsenal the lead early in the second half before Robert Lewandowski equalised. Highly rated youngster Eddie Nketiah scored late on to give Unai Emery's side an unexpected win.

Arsenal are struggling this summer to make the signing's Emery needs to improve on last season's fifth place finish.

Failure to qualify for next season's Champions League means that the north London side only have a reported £45 million to spend and that makes it unlikely they'll sign top target Wilfried Zaha.

Ryan Sidle

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