Arsenal beat Watford 4-1 in a closed-door friendly on Wednesday and faced four for the second time this week.

Eddie Nketiah gave Arsenal the lead, received Willian’s brilliant through ball and shot flat into the far corner from the box.

Watford leveled after Mohamed Elneny took possession of the ball, allowing Philip Zinckernagel to level from close range.

Mikel Arteta brought on Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette at halftime, which brought the Gunners to life. After Ainsley Maitland-Niles was fouled in the penalty area, Lacazette sank his penalty to make it 2-1.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal defeated Watford 4-1

Emile Smith Rowe, who had just signed his new contract, played a huge role in Arsenal’s third game when Kieran Tierney shot a half volley into the net.

Miguel Azeez, 18, rounded the goal, shifted the ball onto his left foot in the box and rolled into the top corner.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Cedric, Chambers, Mari, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny, Nelson, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Subscriptions: Runarsson, Bellerin, Holding, Tierney, Partey, Pepe, Lacazette, Kolasinac, Azeez, Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles

Watford XI: Bachmann, Ngakia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Etebo, Louza, Zinckernagel, Sarr, Dennis, King.

Subscriptions: Elliot, Ngakia, Agyakwa, Abbott, Wise, Lo-Everton, Gosling, Baah, Crichlow, Fletcher, Trialist

Alli hits side in Spurs’ victory against the former team

Dele Alli scored against his former club as Tottenham beat MK Dons 3-1 to continue their undefeated pre-season campaign.

MK Dons’ Matt O’Riley saw an early penalty from Alfie Whiteman before Heung-Min Son gave Spurs the lead and goalkeeper Franco Ravizzoli hacked after an excellent job by Lucas Moura.

More fine-tuning from Lucas helped free Son in the second half and he ensured that skipper Alli rolled into the net to make it 2-0.

Lucas then lunged for a loose ball nine minutes from time and converted from a slight angle to 3-0 before John Freeman received the late consolation for the hosts.

Kean secures Everton win against Pumas


Everton ends its pre-season tour of Florida with a 1-0 win over Mexican team Pumas, with Moise Kean scoring the only goal of the game (Images: Premier Sports)

Everton ended a successful week in Florida with a second win when Moise Kean’s goal was enough to beat Mexican team Pumas 1-0.

The Toffees defeated Colombia’s Millonarios in their opening game in Florida on Sunday at Camping World Stadium.

Benitez made several personnel changes and experimented with a different system after the break to find the right combination to give Everton a perfect start to the Premier League season.

“We always have to ask for more,” said Benitez. “It’s okay for the team to do well in preparation and win games, but the most important thing for me is to make sure we start the season better.

“With the players coming back from the European Championship and the Copa America, hopefully we will continue to improve and we can be more competitive throughout the season.”

Leicester beaten, Leeds detained in Blackburn

Leicester were beaten 1-0 by League One Wycombe at Adams Park, with Daryl Horgan scoring the only goal 14 minutes from time.

Marcelo Bielsas Leeds were involved in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers. Connor McBride scored for the hosts in the 73rd minute, with Pascal Struijk equalizing nine minutes before the end.

Aston Villa’s friendly with Nottingham Forest and Norwich against Coventry have both been canceled due to positive Covid-19 results.