Giroud, Podolski & Walcott on target in emphatic friendly win
The Gunners notched six second-half goals to produce a
flattering scoreline as Chuba Akpom, Kristoffer Olsson and Thomas
Eisfeld all also got themselves of the scoresheet
Fine work from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain saw
the England international open the scoring before Chuba Akpom, Giroud,
Podolski, Kristoffer Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld underlined the Gunners'
dominance in the second half.
Arsene Wenger opted for a mixture
of experience and youth for his first team selection of the 2013-14
season, with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Walcott playing alongside
Serge Gnabry and Akpom in midfield and attack, respectively.
typically slow start to proceedings for a pre-season friendly, the
Premier League side looked the more threatening, with Akpom, Kieran
Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey all going close early on but all failing to test
goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga.But it did not take long for Arsenal to break
the deadlock, with Oxlade-Chamberlain pouncing on hesitation in the
Indonesia defence to storm forward into the penalty area before sliding
the ball into the path of the onrushing Walcott to calmly sidefoot past Meiga on the 15-minute mark.
visitors nearly doubled their lead moments later when Ramsey and Akpom
combined to force a corner, before the midfielder nearly fortuitously
found the back of the net via Indonesia defender Ruben Sanadi only for
the ball to flash past the post.
Again Akpom went close just past
the half-hour mark when Carl Jenkinson made tracks down the right flank
and whipped in a fine cross towards the six-yard box that evaded the
striker before Gibbs should have perhaps down better when hitting the
side netting from 18 yards.
As the first half drew to a close, a
slight misunderstanding between Ignasi Miquel and Lukasz Fabianski
nearly saw the hosts equalise but the goalkeeper recovered his composure
in time to deny Boaz Solossa.
With Wenger making five changes at
the break, the already-tame pace of the game slowed further. However,
Gnabry continued to shine and a quick break down the left flank saw him
skip past a weak challenge and whip a low cross into the path of Akpom to double Arsenal's advantage after 53 minutes.
Podolski and Giroud
were brought on with 20 minutes remaining in an attempt to liven up
proceedings and it worked. Within two minute of his introduction, the
Frenchman was fed inside the area by fellow second-half substitute
Bacary Sagna to beat Meiga with the outside of his boot.
A further two minutes later, the two combined again as Giroud took his time to control the ball and flash a shot high into the roof of the net.
The goals just kept on coming as Tomas Rosicky combined neatly with Podolski
for the latter to drill home from the edge of the area before the
Czech's fine, hanging cross towards the back post saw Meiga clutching
air and allowed Olsson to simply poke the ball into the back of the net.
And, to put a flattering look on the scoreline, Eisfeld pounced on Giroud's header down to hammer the ball off the inside of the bar for Arsenal's seventh.