Arsenal lost on penalties to a youthful Atletico Madrid side in their International Champions Cup clash in Singapore on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Antonio Adan saved three penalties and scored the winning kick as Arsenal lost their International Champions Cup match.
The 31-year-old, who was a half-time substitute, had a remarkable debut in Singapore after signing from Betis.
In Unai Emery’s second pre-season game in charge, 17-year-old Emile Smith Rowe shone and it was his goal which cancelled out Luciano Vietto’s opener as the game ended 1-1.
Arsenal teenager Smith-Rowe cancelled out Luciano Vietto’s opener to take the game to a shootout.
But Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joseph Willock and Edward Nketiah were all denied by Adan as Atleti won 3-1 on penalties.
Arsenal were on top for most of the game as their Spanish opponents were without the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Diego Costa.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery gave action to new signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi but it was 17-year-old Smith-Rowe who took his chance with a fine individual goal.
Atleti’s first-choice keeper Jan Oblak made three excellent first-half saves but they took the lead against the run of play when Vietto headed in a fine cross, giving new £19m keeper Leno no chance.
Smith-Rowe, who along with fellow teenagers Reiss Nelson and Guendouzi impressed throughout, then levelled with a brilliant goal, slaloming in from the left, beating two defenders and then curling past Adan.
Emery made eight changes after an hour as new centre-back Papastathopoulos got a run-out in a change of system.
The game petered out and went straight to a shootout, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles scoring from the spot for Arsenal, while Rodri, Victor Mollejo and Adan were successful for Atletico.
The Gunners play Emery’s former club Paris St-Germain in the same stadium on Saturday afternoon, while Atleti face the French side two days later.
Arsenal were sloppy from the spot, scoring just one of their four penalties as Atletico debutant Antonio Adan saved three strikes before coolly converting the winner as the
Europa League holders took the shoot-out 3-1.
Mesut Ozil, who has been in the headlines since announcing his international retirement from Germany, was not involved.
Emery was able to name a strong side even with Ozil, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi sitting out as they step-up their individual preparations following their World Cup exploits. New signings Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi started at the Singapore National Stadium while the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all named in the line-up.
Arsenal are on pre-season tour, and some of their players attended a fan party at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore today.
Atletico have a younger-looking squad in Singapore but were ahead when Vietto headed home.
That lead did not last long and, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak replaced at the interval, Smith Rowe levelled with a superbly-taken solo effort.
Emery made a plethora of changes after the hour mark and the flow of the game never really recovered.
The match went to a shoot-out where substitutes Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Joe Willock both saw their penalties saved by Oblak’s replacement Adan.
Atletico missed two of their first three spot-kicks as Ainsley Maitland-Niles drew the Gunners level with a Paneka-style penalty before Adan made another save from a tame Eddie Nketiah
strike and then smashed home the decisive penalty to settle the contest.