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Arsenal's wait for their first win of pre-season continues after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Rangers.
The Gunners – who fell to a 2-1 defeat at Hibernian on Tuesday – have not hit the ground running during their tour of Scotland and fell behind early on to the Gers, who were celebrating their 150th anniversary.
Leon Balogun was the man to get Rangers off to a flying start by flicking James Tavernier's delivery from a corner beyond 19-year-old goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo in the 12th minute.
Nuno Tavares produced an excellent finish on his Arsenal debut to pull his side back on level terms 11 minutes later, before Mikel Arteta made sweeping changes at half-time and shortly after the interval.
The substitutions failed to have the desired effect, however, and Arsenal fell behind again as Cedric Itten restored the lead.
But Arteta was spared blushes as Eddie Nketiah made the most of his second-half run-out to equalise in the 83rd minute.
Here are five talking points from Ibrox.
Tavares' dream debut
Tavares picked Tavernier's pocket before bending beyond McGregor
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Nuno Tavares showed no sign of nerves on his Arsenal debut and made it an occasion to remember by getting on the scoresheet in the first half.
Tavares, 21, joined the Gunners from Benfica for a fee in the region of £7million earlier this month and he has scored just one senior competitive goal to date.
But the left-back finished like a natural No. 9 as he picked James Tavernier's pocket, cut onto his right foot and curled into the far corner to draw Arsenal level in the 23rd minute.
The goal capped a promising performance for the young Portuguese which suggests he can provide Kieran Tierney with back-up in the upcoming season.
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While Nuno Tavares was alert and out to impress on his first outing in an Arsenal shirt, the club's more-established players certainly were not.
The defeat by Hibs should have served as a wake-up call for the Gunners, but their first-half performance at Ibrox was lethargic and wasteful.
There was no shortage of quality and experience in the team, with regular partnerships at centre-back (Rob Holding and Pablo Mari) and central midfield (Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny) and the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe in attack.
While Arsenal are yet to shake off the sloppiness which comes with match sharpness, Rangers started brightly in a game which was part of their 150th-anniversary celebrations.
Rangers punish lax visitors
Balogun rose highest to give Rangers an early, deserved lead
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The alarm bells started to ring for Arsenal when Pablo Mari hacked down Calvin Bassey as the Rangers man surged into his half.
The Spanish centre-back was shown a yellow card for his poor, mistimed challenge in the 12th minute, while Rangers smelled blood.
The Gers took the lead just two minutes later as James Tavernier's corner was glanced beyond young Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo by Leon Balogun – not to be mistaken for Folarin Balogun, who lined up in Arsenal's attack.
Aubameyang found wanting
If there was one Arsenal player especially guilty of squandering chance after chance, it was club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It seems as though the striker is yet to fully return from holiday mentality given some of his finishing at Ibrox.
Aubameyang was presented with a gilt-edged opportunity to put the Gunners ahead in the 10th minute after Allan McGregor's poor pass from the back, but could only scoop the ball high over the bar.
The 32-year-old also had a chance from six yards out towards the end of the first half but saw his close-range effort blocked heroically by Rangers defender Calvin Bassey.
Much to ponder for Arteta
Mikel Arteta insisted Arsenal were still brushing off the cobwebs after they fell to a 2-1 defeat by Hibernian on Tuesday evening.
And while a 2-2 draw with Scottish Premiership champions Rangers is technically a step in the right direction, the Gunners boss will be disappointed not to have picked up the first victory of pre-season on Saturday afternoon.
Arteta made five changes at half-time and a further six shortly after the hour mark, meaning Arsenal ended the match with an entirely different XI to the one that started the match.
But standout performances were few and far between and the Gunners had Eddie Nketiah to thank for hauling them back on level terms once again after Cedric Itten restored Celtic's lead.
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