|Rosicky nets in stoppage time|
Malaysia XI 0-4 Arsenal
In their first preseason fixture of 2011 and first visit to Asia in over a decade, the Gunners received a warm welcome from a crowd of nearly 70,000 fans. The first half was entertaining but it took both sides several minutes to find their rhythm. After five minutes of play, Jack Wilshere was dropped in the box and Aaron Ramsey stepped up to slot home a good penalty kick. For a good spell, it was Malaysia who were looking dangerous making quick flanking runs and precise crosses. That momentum would be quashed in the 37th as Ramsey linked a through ball to Walcott, who escaped the defense and lifted a shot past the keeper. It was 2-0 and the Arsenal were cruising at half-time as the crowd went wild. Wenger made wholesale changes to his side at the break and only three starters remained on field. In minute 57, Mexican striker Carlos Vela was released by Rosicky and chipped the keeper with style. Arsenal kicked on and barraged the Malaysia back line. In the dying seconds of the friendly match, Rosicky headed goalwards to make it 4-0 Arsenal. The North London boys waved good bye to the raucous crowd in the muggy Kuala Lumpur heat, relishing their weeklong stay and thanking their loyal fans from the Southern Hemisphere.
Goals: 5 Ramsey, 37 Walcott, 58 Vela, 90 Rosicky
Hangzhou Greentown 1-1 Arsenal
Goals: 15 Vazquez, 45 Vela
FC Cologne 1-2 Arsenal FC
Bidding farewell to their swelling Asian fanbase, the English side visited the Bundesliga's FC Cologne. New signing Gervinho made his presence felt immediately, bagging a brace with goals in the 7th and 15th minutes. To their credit, the hosts put up a lively fight as the match would prove an open and exciting exhibition. In first half stoppage time, a bizarre clearance by Arsenal's Jenkinson sent the ball into the wrong net, and Cologne were bolstered by the own goal. With plenty of back and forth in the second half, Arsenal were happy to finish the friendly on top, undefeated in the preseason so far.
Goals: 7, 15 Gervinho, 45 (og) Jenkinson
|Young Guns challenge FC Cologne|