Nigerian duo Chuba Akpom and Alex Iwobi were both handed starting roles as Arsenal began their pre-season schedule by playing out a 1-1 draw with French club Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Friday night.
Iwobi who has already starred for the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles was in action for 77 minutes while Akpom who is still being courted by Nigeria footballofficials but has played for the England U21 international was replaced before the start of the second half.
There was great chemistry between the two Hale End Academy products as they dazzled in the opening 25 minutes, but it was the hosts that took the lead seven minutes before the end of the first half through Autret, who fired home from close range.
Oxlade-Chamberlain , who replaced Akpom, restored parity for the Gunners in the 82nd minute, scoring with a beautiful chip after he was set up by Gnabry.
Before their Premier League opener against Liverpool, the Gunners have lined up a couple of other friendly games against MLS All-Stars, Guadalajara, Viking and Manchester City.

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