Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Alex Lacazette showed his quality v Chelsea - Theo Walcott

Alex Lacazette showed his quality v Chelsea - Theo Walcott

The Premier League champions lost on penalties in the annual curtain-raiser at Wembley as the Gunners rallied from going behind to Victor Moses' opener with new signing Sead Kolasinac equalising before they triumphed on spot kicks.

Given some of the transfer fees that have been forked out by Premier League clubs, Kolasinac could turn out to be the bargain of the summer.

And Walcott, who has faced the Bosnia global in training throughout the close season, explained how the "tough unit" would not need too much time to acclimatise himself to the physical aspects of English football.

"This league is the best and he's going to be one of the best in the league".

"Sead looks an absolute tank", Walcott said.

"The power he's got and his pace, it's lovely to watch". I see him in the gym everyday. We had a good end to last season and we are getting used to a new system.

"No, not a setback, I see it as a disappointment, I see it as hurtful, losing a game we wanted to win, an opportunity to win a trophy, I don't care what trophy it is", he said.

"We know what we want to do this season". You've got to be patient sometimes with this formation we're playing, you play a different style of football, that's what we're learning still and we're getting better.

Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette has been challenged to emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and prove that he can get goals in England.

"The amount of players we have in key positions, they are going to supply chances for him".

Kolasinac only featured against Chelsea due to a head injury sustained in the 32nd minute by Per Mertesacker but he enhanced his case to start Friday's Premier League clash against Leicester City, a game which assumes extra importance given Arsenal poor recent record first up.

"Being a night game might be better for us".

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