Gunners fan Franceschi, from band You Me At Six, hit straight back through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But he was twice punished for losing the ball in dangerous positions, with Rodriguez and Chris Wood applying the finishes.
“I’ve heard [Maupay] keeps the ball well, a bit like me," he said. "I’m looking forward to it.”
Franceschi reflected: “[It was] two massive mistakes from me. If you’re going to lose you want to lose to the champ, so I want him to go on and win it now.”
Diogo Jota (WOL) 8-2 Wilfred Ndidi (LEI) | Report and highlights
Todd Cantwell (NOR) 2-6 Lys Mousset (SHU) | Report and highlights
Neal Maupay (BHA) 4-2 Philip Billing (BOU) | Report and highlights
Josh Franceschi (ARS) 1-3 Dwight McNeil (BUR)
The prize fund is being donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, created by Premier League players as a collective way of generating funds for the National Health Service and distributing them where they are needed most.