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Arsenal draw in China friendly

16 Jul 2011 16:32:32

Arsenal draw in China friendly

The second and final match of Arsenal's Far East tour ended 1-1 in Hangzhou against local side Greentown. The home side had far the better of the first half and took a deserved early lead when Vasquez capitalised on some terrible defending to score from 10 yards out after only seven minutes.

Arsenal were lucky to get past the 45 minute mark at only one down and then totally against the run of play Carlos Vela bundled an equaliser over the line from very close range. Of all the Gunners first half team, only Samir Nasri could have said to have put in a good shift and the home crowd were confident that their team could kick on in the second half.

However these hopes turned to be unfulfilled as a completely different Arsenal XI totally dominated the second period. Arsenal had virtually all the possession, but the usual failings were present and despite a number of efforts on and off target, from most notably Walcott and Chamakh, the game petered out into a tame draw.

Arsene Wenger will be relatively happy with the short tour and now has four more pre-season matches to prepare his team before the opening fixture at St James's Park and the tough start that a combination of the fixtures' computer and last season's late collapse has presented his team with.

 

 


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