Sunday, 26 July 2015

Arsenal have won its second pre season throphy at the Emirates stadium
today after Theo Walcott scored the only goal of the game in the
second half.
Arsene Wenger's side hammered Ligue 1 opponents Lyon 6-0 on Saturday
but there was to be no such rout against Dieter Hecking's
well-drilled DFB-Pokal champions. Making his home debut, Petr Cech was made
to work for a clean sheet as Arsenal made it two wins from two ahead
of Sunday's Community Shield clash with Chelsea at Wembley. Kevin De
Bruyne - named German player of
the year on Sunday - threatened down the left early on but Cech was on
hand to collect the
Belgian's delivery. Close-season signing Cech will have been
concerned as former Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner just failed to make
contact with a
dangerous De Bruyne delivery from the right. The Czech's opposite
number Diego Benaglio
was called on to deny Walcott soon after but it was the Bundesliga
side who continued to
threaten more frequently - De Bruyne showing why he is a reported
target for Manchester
City. With chances largely at a premium in a goalless
first half, Timm Klose shanked an effort over the crossbar for the
visitors while Mesut Ozil's
side-footed effort rolled wide of the far post following a slick passing move.
Arsenal had their breakthrough five minutes into the second half when
Reine-Adelaide offered a glimpse of his potential - threading a
ball for Walcott to calmly finish past Benaglio. The largely
impressive De Bruyne then
ballooned an effort over, having skipped inside Mikel Arteta, before
Ricardo Rodriguez saw a
long-range strike easily saved by Cech.
The former Chelsea man was tested again by a fierce drive from
midfielder Josuha Guilavogui as Wolfsburg piled on the pressure. It
was to no avail, however, Wenger's men
topping the standings by three points from Villarreal ahead of the
all-London curtain-raiser
at Wembley in a week's time.


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