It was Nelson, still just 18, who broke the deadlock with a close-range finish after Alex Iwobi’s shot had bounced off the far post.
Calum Chambers deserves an honourable mention too. It was his assertive run out of defence and precise pass to Nelson that opened up Lazio and allowed the eventual goalscorer to find Iwobi in space on the left.
Aubameyang came on at half-time and doubled our lead after Matteo Guendouzi had bulldozed his way into the box under severe pressure and found Alex Lacazette.
The striker was aware enough to lay the ball off for Aubameyang and his shot found the bottom corner via a deflection.
Lacazette went close to a goal himself with a well-executed volley from Stephan Lichtsteiner’s ball over the top. Incidentally, the Swiss right back looked solid on his first appearance for the club – as did Lucas Torreira.
In fairness, Lazio should have been level before they fell further behind. Felipe Caicedo volleyed off target, Luis Alberto chipped Leno but was denied by the crossbar, and Marco Parolo headed just wide.
Instead, Aubameyang’s fourth goal of the summer took the game beyond them and ensured we finished a productive pre-season on a high note.
Now for Manchester City.
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