Arsenal got over their weekend Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon with a win at Angers.
Unai Emery’s side showed further defensive frailties ahead of the new season, but Reiss Nelson rescued the Gunners to draw 1-1 draw before a 4-3 penalty shootout win.
Emery fielded a weakened XI and with skipper Laurent Koscielny still on strike and Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding both recovering from long-term knee injuries, the Gunners remain an accident waiting to happen at the back.
And the way his team were constantly opened up by French minnows Angers this evening can only have strengthened Emery’s resolve to get in at least one more central defender.
The home team took a 13th minute lead when Farid El Malali was allowed to get in behind Zech Medley before dribbling around stranded keeper Emiliano Martinez.
Nelson, who impressed throughout, turned in Guendouzi’s 49th minute cross to level the scores after Eddie Nketiah’s initial shot had been blocked.
And the Gunenrs won despite Henrikh Mkhitaryan blazing his spot-kick over the bar before Martinez saved from former Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Kieran Tierney is on the way, but the North Londoners still need a centre defender.