Arsenal end Asia tour with draw

The Gunners fell behind to goals from Yago and Dani Cancela but

battled back on each occasion as their three-match Asia tour

brought a win, a defeat and a draw. Ignasi Miquel’s error gifted

the opening goal to Yago in the eighth minute, but Walcott levelled

midway through the first half against the Hong Kong champions. Abou

Diaby was the provider, dispossessing Huang Yang in midfield and

picking out the England winger, who slotted past goalkeeper Wang

Zhenpeng. KitChee almost retook the lead with an audacious

free-kick routine two minutes later, when Jordi Tarres chipped the

ball over the wall and Dani Cancela was just off target with an

overhead kick. But more poor defending handed them a second goal in

the 29th minute as Yago was allowed to set up Cheng Siu Waii. His

acrobatic effort was saved by Wojciech Szczesny but Dani Cancela

followed in to score. Arsenal’s young forward Benik Afobe had

chances either side of half-time, but hit the post with his first

effort and then put a header over the bar from a good position. But

the equaliser came in the 77th minute when Gervinho surged down the

left and cut the ball back to the penalty spot, where Eisfeld

arrived to stroke home his second goal of pre-season. Gervinho

almost grabbed a late winner, but his backheeled flick was saved by

the legs of Wang.