A goal, an assist and a debut: Highlights as Arsenal stars take centre stage in France win


Players on the books of Premier League giants Arsenal, both permanent and on loan, took centre stage on Friday night, as France emerged victorious from a showdown with Cote d'Ivoire.

The friendly matchup, played out at Olympique Marseille's Stade Velodrome, came to a close a short time ago.

It was underdogs the Ivory Coast who opened the game's scoring early on, when a moment of individual brilliance on the part of Nicolas Pepe saw the Arsenal wide-man dance his way beyond Lucas Hernandez, before picking out the far corner of Hugo Lloris' net:

A one-time Gunner soon levelled things up, though, as Theo Hernandez's delivery to the back post was nodded home by the returning Olivier Giroud:

And, just when it appeared as though proceedings were set to play out into a 1-1 draw, deep into injury-time, France struck in decisive fashion.

A whipped ball into the visitors' area, by on-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, was met by the head of Aurelien Tchouameni, who capped a stellar display on an individual level courtesy of the game's winning goal:

Saliba celebrated

The Arsenal-inspired contributions at the Stade Velodrome did not end there, though.

This came as, just shy of the hour mark, William Saliba, on loan at Marseille alongside the aforementioned Guendouzi for the season, was introduced off the bench for his senior France bow.

And it proved an outing to remember for the gifted young stopper, whose every touch was met by rapturous applause and celebration on the part of the home crowd:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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