Iwobi, Akpom Start As Arsenal Hold Lens In Pre-Season Friendly

By James Agberebi:

Nigerian duo Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom were in the starting line-up for Arsenal who held French side RC Lens to a 1-1 draw in a friendly played inside the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in France on Friday.

It was Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season which kicks off in August.

While Iwobi later made way for Gedion Zelalem on 78 minutes, Akpom was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain prior to the start of the second half.

Mattias Autret put RC Lens in the lead in the 38th minute.

But with eight minutes remaining, Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised for Arsenal.

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