Winger Reiss Nelson proved very difficult for Sydney to control while German international Mesut Ozil was the instigator of many openings for Arsenal.
"But what we look for is basically to play at a good pace. and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us and a game with a tough opposition and they did fight for every ball". It could be said the 2-0 scoreline in Arsenal's favour flattered the A-League champions as the Gunners amassed 17 shots to Sydney's four, ensuring Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne was the busiest player on the field.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi were involved heavily early on and, soon after, the latter found Lacazette with a lofted cross towards the back post but the Frenchman's first touch was poor and the chance went begging.
And according to French sports daily L'Equipe, any move away from the Gunners for Giroud could only happen late in the window because of all the mitigating circumstances.
The 26-year-old Frenchman, who came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, scored in the 83rd minute.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says midfielder Aaron Ramsey will feature in Saturday's friendly game against Western Sydney Wanderers.
However, the boss is still in the market for more new recruits and Lemar has emerged as a prime target in recent weeks with Wenger admitting at his press conference yesterday that he's keen on the Monaco attacker.
Arsenal stars have been making the most of the down time during their pre-season tour of Australia by kicking back beside the pool in Sydney.
"He is already enjoying his time here and having good chemistry with the lads".
"I hope to play", Riera said.
Robbie Cornthwaite will led the Wanderers for the first time after being made captain for the upcoming season.