And if Arsenal's team were familiar, so were their failings. They worked the ball nicely through midfield but ran out of ideas at the edge of the penalty area; when Olivier Giroud was found in good positions he was usually offside; their defence, fine in the main, was guilty of occasional lapses. In recent years Arsenal have come to embody an unusual blend of excellence and inertia: good enough to attract 59,554 people to a glorified pre-season friendly, and bad enough to then be booed off at half-time.
They were behind after seven minutes, when a long pass hit Carl Jenkinson on the top of his head and Lorenzo Insigne stroked the ball home before the full-back worked out where it was. Then in the 28th minute Marek Hamsik carried the ball forward, Goran Pandev ran too easily between the centre-backs, Lukasz Fabianski made a misguided attempt to cut out the pass and the Macedonian took advantage. In between, the former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami fouled Kieran Gibbs in the penalty area, and Lukas Podolski thumped the penalty too close to Pepe Reina.
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