Fergie checks out Ozil at the Cottage

Although the Manchester United boss has claimed he is happy with
his current squad, the opportunity to take a look at Germany
playmaker Mesut Ozil was too much to resist. Ferguson even swerved
United’s annual public training session at Old Trafford to see Ozil
in action and given the 21-year-old has said previously how much he
admires United, the Scot’s presence will only fuel rumours of an
imminent transfer. Not that Ozil will have been too pleased about
the result though as Fulham strode to an impressive 5-1 win, with
Zoltan Gera netting a hat-trick. Prospective England striker Bobby
Zamora was also on target, offering a further nudge to national
team manager Fabio Capello. Manchester City defeated Valencia 2-0
in their final warm-up clash. Goals from Gareth Barry and Jo saw
off their Spanish oppostion at Eastlands. Also making their mark
this afternoon were Arsenal duo Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, who
were involved in a quite extraordinary encounter with Legia Warsaw.
Gibbs was among those on target in an 11-goal thriller the Gunners
managed to edge despite falling 3-0 down. Marouane Chamakh began
the comeback, although it was not until Emmanuel Eboue scored twice
in eight second-half minutes that Arsene Wenger’s men managed to
draw level. Gibbs’ effort put them in front but it took late goals
from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Samir Nasri to ensure victory in a
pre-season encounter that will live long in the memory. The high
point of Everton’s trip to Germany to face Steve McClaren’s
Wolfsburg was undoubtedly confirmation that Mikel Arteta has signed
a five-year contract extension with the Goodison Park outfit.
Little went right once the match began as the Toffeemen fell to a
2-0 defeat, which included a Tim Howard penalty save from
highly-rated striker Edin Dzeko. Robbie Keane’s return to
prominence at Tottenham continued as the Irishman bagged a
second-half brace to seal victory over Fiorentina at White Hart
Lane. Roman Pavlyuchenko did tap home one equaliser but Harry
Redknapp’s men were behind until Keane took centre stage, grabbing
an injury-time winner to leave Tottenham to head into a crucial
two-week period in positive mood. Mame Biram Diouf scored on his
debut for Blackburn to give Sam Allardyce’s men a share of the
spoils at Hearts. Diouf has moved to Ewood Park on loan from
Manchester United and quickly made an impact after Suso Santana’s
deflected effort had given the Scots a first-half lead at
Tynecastle. West Ham beat Deportivo La Coruna on penalties, Pablo
Barrera converting the winner for Avram Grant’s men, who had
finished goalless after 90 minutes. Birmingham lost their unbeaten
record in pre-season as Emilio Nsue’s second-half effort proved
enough for Real Mallorca at St Andrew’s. It was not the way Ben
Foster wanted to mark his home debut in the Blues goal, although
fellow new boy Nikola Zigic did come close to an equaliser late on.
West Brom suffered a blow before the start of their clash with
Osasuna as summer arrival Pablo Ibanez was forced to pull out
through injury. It didn’t stop Roberto Di Matteo’s men turning in
an impressive performance, with Scotland international James
Morrison putting them in front. However, it did not last and Oier
equalised five minutes from time. Wolves ran out 2-1 winners at
Molineux against Athletic Bilbao after an impressive performance.
Steven Fletcher and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake were on target for Mick
McCarthy’s men. Aberdeen’s toughest test of their pre-season
programme proved too much as the Scottish Premier League outfit
lost 2-0 to Kaiserslautern in Germany. Seven days before their
opening SPL fixture with Celtic, Inverness had marginally more joy,
Richie Foran returning from injury to grab the goal that earned a
home draw with Royal Antwerp.